Prince Andrew is due to present evidence that he was on Pizza Express the night he is alleged to have sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre at Ghislaine Maxwell’s home in London, Mrs Giuffre’s lawyer has said. I.
In an exclusive interview on the eve of New York hearing whether the case against the Duke of York was inadmissible; Mrs Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies also said Prince Andrew should also provide evidence that he is incapable of sweating.
Mrs Giuffre’s has alleged that the Duke “sweated profusely” while dancing with Mrs Giuffre at a nightclub in London in March 2001 before moving on to Mrs Maxwell’s home.
Prince Andrew denies the allegations, as well as other allegations of sexual assault, which Mrs Giuffre, who was 17 at the time, said took place on the private Caribbean island of convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and in his New York mansion.
A New York judge will hear legal arguments as to whether the case is inadmissible on the ground that a settlement agreement from 2009 between Mrs. Giuffre and Epstein protects the Duke from any legal action.
Sir. Boies told I: “We trust that the case will proceed to the facts. That is, if the court denies Prince Andrews’ request for dismissal, he will have to confront the fact that he has no evidence to support his public allegations that he was to a Pizza Express when Virginia Giuffre claims that he was with her in Ms. Maxwells’ London home, or that he could not have sweated on her because he has a medical condition that prevents him from sweating. “
Sir. Boies added that he was concerned that the high-profile nature of the case could be distracting from the core of allegations.
“I think there is a danger that in any legal case you will lose sight of what the problem really is,” Mr Boies said. ‘While lawyers are arguing over practical matters such as residence and the constitution of the statutes, and whether the statute of limitations has been adopted, this is basically a matter of whether Prince Andrew abused a young girl.
“I think it’s important that we do not lose sight of what the case is about, in the midst of all the focus, which is a legitimate focus, on legal arguments.”
He also challenged the duke’s attempt to have the case dismissed, adding that if it were thrown out by Judge Kaplan, many other victims of Epstein and other sexual predators would suffer.
“I would say that there are a number of questions that Prince Andrew has raised in an attempt to avoid going to the realities of the claims against him,” Mr Boies said.
“These issues include an attack on the Constitution of New York’s newly adopted statute that allows young women who have been abused to sue their addicts, even though a number of years have passed.
“That argument obviously has consequences not only for Virginia Giuffre, but for many hundreds and thousands of abused children.”
Prince Andrew’s representatives were contacted for comment.