Prince Andrew’s agreement to have a jury try Virginia Giuffre in her sexual abuse case against him is a legal strategy that could force Giuffre to refuse and settle the case, or it could could set the stage for further damage to Britain’s royal family, according to legal experts.
Giuffre, 38, claims Andrew raped her when she was a teenager, according to New York Times. He has not been charged with any crime and has denied the charges.
In her original complaint, Giuffre – who said she was acting under the mental manipulation and fear of American financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his longtime companion Ghislaine Maxwell – claimed she was “invoking Epstein for sexual purposes and has been ‘loaned to other powerful men,’ including the prince, according to Daily mail.
Giuffre claims she was sexually abused by Andrew at Maxwell’s London home, in Epstein’s New York City mansion, and on Epstein’s private island, Little St. James in the US Virgin Islands. She asked a jury to hear her accusations.
Giuffre’s lawsuit was filed in New York. Giuffre has asked a judge to declare “punitive damages” for the “physical and psychological harm” she suffered, according to the Daily Mail.
The test date will probably fall at the end of 2022, according to Related press.
Last week, Prince Andrew, who has been stripped of his royal status by Queen Elizabeth II, said he also wanted a jury trial.
Legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg says the tactic looks like a gamble.
“What you really have here is Prince Andrew saying, ‘Bring it in. Want a jury trial? I want a jury trial. Want to bring these claims? Well, in that case you have to prove everything you’re saying, because I’m not going to concede anything. ”
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Rozenberg told the Daily Mail that a deal is still possible, but “however, the prince is saying he denies everything.”
Communications lawyer Mark Stephens calls the risk a “classical technique” that can reduce the final amount of a settlement. But it was a gamble, he said, as it could eclipse his mother’s Platinum Year, the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, and risk “bringing down the monarchy”.
“I think he’s just needing time to work it out,” Stephens said, noting that the Queen’s Jubilee kick-off events will begin on February 6.
“The reason we think he has to settle is because of time. It’s basically going to be the case for the rest of this year, and if it takes up the rest of this year, it’s his mother’s entire Platinum Year,” Stephens said, according to the Daily Mail.
“The only thing he could have done to prevent this from getting worse was to have retracted the case and prevented it in some way so there was no alternative news. This would become crippling if he was really stuck in getting it to a trial. “
Stephens said going public would damage his organization Monarchy.
“I can’t think the royal family would allow him to run this case and overshadow the Platinum Jubilee. It will spark a debate about the relevance and appropriateness of the royal family. The more details reveal, the more problems arise for the broader royal family,” said Stephens.
Royal expert Norman Baker, a former member of Parliament, said Andrew’s family would not like what would be brought up at a trial.
One commenter said that this is possible posture without much purpose.
“Perhaps by agreeing to her original wish to have a jury trial, he (Andrew) is trying to portray himself as having nothing to hide? Perhaps this will force an out-of-court settlement? All of this is speculation, of course, but nothing would surprise me at this stage,” said Kate MacNab, senior solicitor at Reeds Solicitors in the UK.
Andrew’s name was occasionally mentioned during Maxwell’s recent sex trafficking trial, according to The New York Times. Maxwell was convicted last month and is awaiting sentencing.
Epstein was found hanged in a Manhattan prison in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The death of Epstein, a convicted sex offender from another case, is considered a suicide.
https://www.westernjournal.com/legal-experts-say-prince-andrews-latest-move-desperate-bid-force-accuser-settle-lawsuit/ Legal experts say Prince Andrew’s latest move is a desperate bid to force the Accuser to settle the case