Prince Andrew can't take cover behind his richness and power from accusations he physically abused a youngster, a legal counselor for his accuser has said, cautioning the duke that he risks a "default judgment" on the off chance that he overlooks the common body of evidence brought against him in the US.
David Boies, addressing Virginia Giuffre, has said he and his client have had a go at all that they can to conclude the matter in the wake of charging that the Duke of York had sex with her while she was 17 – realizing she had been trafficked by his previous companion, the condemned former lender Jeffrey Epstein.
Boies said individuals "disregard the courts at your risk", adding: "It would be exceptionally stupid for Prince Andrew to overlook legal process." He told the BBC: "In the event that he does, it will be a default judgment against him that is destined to be, basically, upheld in the United States, however in for all intents and purposes each enlightened country on the planet."
Boies added that his client needed to make an impression on rich and influential men that the conduct wherein she blames Andrew for assault was "not tolerable and that you can't take cover behind wealth and power and castle walls".
What's more, in a meeting with Channel 4 News, he said his client anticipated "vindication", adding: "Her expectation is calling the rich and dominant abusers to record will have some impact on decreasing the assault that other little youngsters will endure what she endured." Boies said Giuffre needed remuneration for harm she said was done to her – and to give cash to a charity to help sex-trafficking survivors.
Andrew is named as the sole respondent in a civil suit documented at a New York government court under the state's Child Victims Act. Giuffre claims she was "lent out for sexual purposes" by Epstein – including while she was a minor under US law. The report additionally as often as possible notices Epstein and his previous girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. It is affirmed that Giuffre, then, at that point known as Virginia Roberts, was physically abused at Maxwell's London home and Epstein's homes in New York and the Caribbean.
Maxwell has argued not liable to sex-trafficking charges and faces preliminary in November. Epstein took his own life in a US government prison in August 2019, a month after he was captured on similar charges. The duke is blamed for involving in the sexual actions without Giuffre's assent, while mindful of her age and keeping in mind that "realizing that she was a sex-trafficking victim".
Boies disclosed to Channel 4 News: "The proof as far as what [Andrew] thought be familiar with Jeffrey Epstein's sex-trafficking activity is something that clearly will be for the jury to choose. I feel that each and every individual who was firmly connected with Jeffrey Epstein realized that he had these little youngsters, these young ladies who he was trafficking."
Andrew's delegates declined to remark on Wednesday. Talking about Giuffre's charges in 2019, the duke said he was unable to recall meeting her. In a later explanation, he said: "I proceed to unequivocally lament my not well passed judgment on relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left numerous unanswered inquiries, especially for his victims, and I profoundly feel for each and every individual who has been influenced and needs some type of conclusion … obviously, I will help any proper law authorization office with their examinations, whenever required."