A British court dismissed a legal tactic Prince Andrew used to avoid a sex-abuse lawsuit from Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre

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  • The woman accusing Prince Andrew of sexual abuse can serve him a lawsuit, a UK High Court ruled.
  • Prince Andrew’s team claimed he did not properly receive Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit the first time.
  • A judge ruled Wednesday that Giuffre’s lawyers can serve Prince Andrew the legal documents.
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A judge in the UK is allowing Virgini Giuffre, the woman who accused Prince Andrew of sexual abuse, to serve him with a lawsuit after the royal claimed he didn’t receive it properly the first time.

Last week a process server left the legal documents with a police officer at Andrew’s address, who promised to forward them to Andrew’s team.

Andrew’s team then disputed the lawsuit, telling a US court this week that Giuffre had not effectively served his client with the lawsuit, which he referred to as “baseless, non-viable, and possibly unlawful.”

His office did not immediately respond to a Insider‘s request for comment. Andrew denies the allegations against him.

The High Court, whose jurisdiction is in England and Wales, ruled on Wednesday that Giuffre’s lawyers could serve Andrew the legal documents, the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English reported.

The High Court’s move means Andrew may have to formally answer to the lawsuit. Giuffre and her team, who are suing Andrew in New York, has long accused Andrew of ignoring them.

“The legal process has not yet been served but the High Court will now take steps to serve [Andrew] under the convention unless service is arranged by agreement between the parties,” the court said, according to English.

The GB News reporter Cameron Walker said the court ruled that Giuffre’s team can go ahead with contacting Andrew’s lawyers.

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