Seven bizarre claims from Prince Andrew's legal papers that spark more questions than answers in rape lawsuit

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

PRINCE Andrew has issued a defiant response to the sex abuse claims brought against him, as he faces charges of assault in the US.

The Duke of York has denied being a close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell, the convicted sex trafficker, while his lawyers say he wants a trial by jury to contest the claim brought against him by Virginia Giuffre.

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

Seven bizarre claims from Prince Andrew’s legal papers that spark more questions than answers in rape lawsuit

Prince Andrew has responded to Virginia Giuffre's sex assault charges against him Credit: AP

Global Tech News Daily

Guiffre claims in 2001 she was trafficked by Maxwell and billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Andrew in London when she was 17, and a minor in US law.

She also alleges she was forced to have sex with him at homes belonging to Epstein in New York and the US Virgin Islands.

Global Tech News Daily

Andrew faces damages which could “easily” be in excess of £14m if he loses the civil case, according to lawyers.

The Duke has consistently denied all the allegations, and on Wednesday, his lawyers officially filed documents to court. A trial is scheduled for later this year.

Here are seven bombshells from Prince Andrew's court documents.

Doesn't admit to knowing whether Epstein was registered sex offender when he visited

In 2010, Andrew went to visit convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein at his Manhattan home, staying there for several days.

When speaking to BBC Newsnight in 2019, he said he went to visit the disgraced financier so that he could end the friendship.

He said: “At the time I felt it was the honourable and right thing to do and I admit fully that my judgement was probably coloured by my tendency to be too honourable but that's just the way it is.”

In her legal papers, Giuffre's lawyers write: “In 2010, after Epstein had served his sentence and registered as a sex offender, Prince Andrew was photographed with Epstein in Central Park and stayed at Epstein's New York City mansion.”

Andrew's lawyers, responding to this point, say he admits staying at the £50m townhouse but doesn't admit or deny whether he knew Epstein was a registered sex offender at the time.

Denies being close friends with Maxwell

Seven bizarre claims from Prince Andrew’s legal papers that spark more questions than answers in rape lawsuit

Andrew denies being good friends with sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell Credit: Camera Press

Prince Andrew has admitted befriending paedophile Epstein but denies being close pals with Ghislaine Maxwell.

Giuffre's legal team has alleged: “Prince Andrew was a close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite who spent years overseeing and managing Epstein's sex trafficking network, and actively recruited underage girls, including Plaintiff.”

The Duke's lawyers said he “denies” being close friends with Maxwell, and admits “he lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the remaining allegations”.

It comes after it was reported Maxwell visited Buckingham Palace up to four times in one day.

Speaking on the ITV documentary Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile, former royal bodyguard Paul Page said: “From the way [Maxwell] was allowed to enter and exit the palace at will, we suspected that she may have had an intimate relationship with Prince Andrew.

Brit socialite Maxwell, 60, was convicted last month of five counts of sex trafficking and other charges for grooming and recruiting teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein between 1994 and 2004.

She faces up to 65 years in prison when she is sentenced in New York later this year.

Claims he wasn't frequent guest of Epstein

Seven bizarre claims from Prince Andrew’s legal papers that spark more questions than answers in rape lawsuit

Andrew stayed at Epstein's New York home for several days in 2010 Credit: Jae Donnelly

The Duke has denied that he was “a frequent guest in Epstein's various homes around the world, including New York City,” where he has been accused of sexually abusing Giuffre.

In his 11-page “answer and affirmative defenses” to Giuffre's civil complaint, the Duke said he met Epstein “in or around 1999”.

Andrew was pictured with Epstein in New York's Central Park in 2010 and admitted staying with him for several days despite knowing he was a convicted sex offender.

When questioned about why he stayed at a paedophile's mansion by Emily Maitlis on BBC's Newsnight in 2019, he replied: “It was a convenient place to stay.”

During this stay, many young women were reportedly seen coming and going from the house, and literary agent John Brockman claimed to have seen the prince getting a foot massage from a young Russian woman, alongside Epstein, something he has denied.

Doesn't know if Virginia Roberts picture exists

Seven bizarre claims from Prince Andrew’s legal papers that spark more questions than answers in rape lawsuit

Andrew says he doesn't know whether he was pictured with Virginia Roberts Credit: Nicholas Razzell

By far the most damaging photo of the Duke of York appears to show him with his arm around the 17-year-old while Maxwell watches on in the background.

The picture was allegedly taken by Epstein at Maxwell's London house after the four of them went to Tramp nightclub, before, Giuffre alleges, Andrew had sex with her.

In court papers, Andrew says he “lacks sufficient information to admit or deny” that he was pictured with Maxwell and Giuffre.

On Newsnight, the prince claimed he had “no recollection” of the photo being taken and said it could have been “doctored”.

Andrew insisted that he had never been upstairs at Maxwell's house, where the photo was taken and said he always wore a “suit and tie” in London.

This is despite the fact he was previously pictured wearing a similar-looking open-necked blue shirt after a night out at London's Chinawhite club.

Doesn't know if he invited Epstein to Beatrice's 18th birthday

Seven bizarre claims from Prince Andrew’s legal papers that spark more questions than answers in rape lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell and Princess Beatrice's 18th birthday

In August 2006, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's eldest daughter Beatrice celebrated her 18th birthday with a Victorian-themed “coming-of-age” masked ball.

Pictured at the party together were Maxwell, her on-off partner Jeffrey Epstein, and now-disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Beatrice wore a £10,000 dress designed by Georgina Chapman, who at the time was dating the sex offender film producer.

Chapman married Weinstein in 2007 but separated from him in 2017 after more than 90 women came forward with accusations of rape, assault, or sexual harassment against him.

Epstein was photographed at the Windsor Castle bash, despite the fact he had already been charged with procuring a minor for prostitution a month earlier.

Andrew has not denied inviting Epstein to Beatrice's birthday but said he lacks sufficient information to know if he did.

Giuffre's alleged causes of action are barred in whole or in part by her own wrongful conduct

Prince Andrew's lawyers

Doesn't know whether he emailed Maxwell about Giuffre in 2015

Giuffre's legal team allege Prince Andrew emailed Ghislaine Maxwell in early 2015 after she had publicly accused the Duke of sexually abusing her.

Andrew is reported to have written: “Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts.”

Responding, Andrew's lawyers claim he “lacks sufficient information” to admit or deny whether or not he sent this email.

Claims Guiffre and others were responsible for her own alleged abuse

The prince has refuted Giuffre's major claim of “sexual abuse” and “rape” when she was “under the age of 18”.

His lawyers have stated: “Assuming, without admitting, that Giuffre has suffered any injury or damage, Giuffre and/or others, who are not Prince Andrew, contributed in whole or in part to the alleged damage.”

Andrew's legal team also listed “consent” and the “doctrine of unclean hands” – alleging Giuffre acted unethically related to the accusations – among his defences.

“Giuffre's alleged causes of action are barred in whole or in part by her own wrongful conduct,” they wrote.

Moment a reporter asks Prince William if he supports his uncle Prince Andrew, Duke of York

News Related

OTHER NEWS

New York Rangers get another comeback win to force Game 7 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH — How many times can the New York Rangers dig themselves into a hole and climb back out? At least one more, as of Friday night. The Blueshirts came ... Read more »

Wilson, balanced Aces cruise to 96-73 victory over Dream

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 15 points, Kelsey Plum had 14 points and 11 assists and the Las Vegas Aces rolled to a 96-73 victory over the ... Read more »

EXPLAINER: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years later

The Associated PressFILE – U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Mike Anglen of Turner, Ore., center, stands atop a cliff as Sgt. Bryan Wallace of Pikin, Ill., waits for his turn before ... Read more »

Astros beat Nationals 6-1 for 11th straight victory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered on the first pitch of the game, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel also went deep and the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to ... Read more »

Kreider scores late, Rangers edge Pens 5-3 to force Game 7

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Kreider’s long slap shot bounced over Louis Domingue and into the net with 1:28 left and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on ... Read more »

Astros push winning streak to 11, roll past Nationals 6-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered on the first pitch of the game, and Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel also went deep to help the Houston Astros extend their winning ... Read more »

Moustakas, Drury power Reds to 8-2 victory over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered twice and Brandon Drury drove in four runs to break out of a slump and lead the resurgent Cincinnati Reds to an 8-2 victory ... Read more »

Peterson's bases-loaded walk lifts Brewers over Marlins 2-1

MIAMI (AP) — Jace Peterson walked against Anthony Bender with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 Friday night. After starters ... Read more »

Padres: No cancer found during manager Bob Melvin's prostate surgery

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres say no cancer was found when manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery on Wednesday. Melvin, 60, was recovering at home Friday after ... Read more »

Ogunbowale, Gray help Wings rally past Mystics, 94-86

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 27 points, Allisha Gray had 21 and the Dallas Wings overcame a 15-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Washington Mystics 94-86 on Friday night. ... Read more »

Resigning North Dakota senator led lawmakers in travel costs

The Associated PressFILE – North Dakota Sen. Ray Holmberg listens during a joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee meeting at the Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., on Jan. 7, 2009. Holmberg, ... Read more »

Residents in picturesque California county hit with gas prices topping $7 a gallon

A California county known for its spectacular mountains and proximity to Yosemite National Park has been paying the nation’s highest gas prices. Read more »

Boudreau to return as coach of Canucks next season

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Bruce Boudreau will return as coach of the Vancouver Canucks next season after helping to turn the struggling NHL club around as a midyear replacement. ... Read more »

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern tests positive for COVID

On Location: May 13, 2022 Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for COVID-19 ... Read more »

Today in History for May 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Colonists go ashore in Virginia to set up Jamestown; Lewis and Clark begin to explore Louisiana Territory; Israel founded; Skylab launched; Movie producer George ... Read more »

Twitter CEO expects Elon Musk acquisition to close, addresses spending cuts

Musk is awaiting details supporting calculations that spam, fake accounts represent less than 5% of Twitter's users Read more »

Padres: No cancer found during Bob Melvin's prostate surgery

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres say no cancer was found when manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery on Wednesday. Melvin, 60, was recovering at home Friday after ... Read more »

Renovated NYC museum shows indigenous perspectives

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City recently finished a major renovation of its exhibition on the native peoples of the northwest coast of North America. Curators ... Read more »

Police release 911 calls in Gilgo Beach case

A woman who disappeared in a beach community on New York’s Long Island more than a decade ago, sparking an investigation into a possible serial killer, said “there’s somebody after ... Read more »

Academy Awards set 2023 Oscars for March 12

The Associated PressFILE – Oscar statue on the red carpet at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Next year’s Academy Awards will ... Read more »

Actor Fred Ward, of 'Tremors,' 'The Right Stuff' fame, dies

The Associated PressFILE – Fred Ward, a cast member in “30 Minutes or Less,” poses at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles on Aug. 8, 2011. Ward, a ... Read more »

Judge refuses to drop elections suit against Trump, media

NEW YORK — A Colorado judge on Friday denied motions to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by an election systems worker against former President Donald Trump’s campaign, two of its ... Read more »

Q&A: Becky G unveils every side of herself in latest album

The Associated PressFILE – Becky G appears at the Oscars in Los Angeles on March 27, 2022. Beck G’s latest album is “Esquemas.” (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) NEW YORK ... Read more »

North Korea reports 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19 outbreak

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea reports 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19 outbreak. Read more »

North Korea confirms 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says 21 people died and 174,440 people were newly found with fever symptoms on Friday alone as the country scrambles to slow the spread ... Read more »

White Sox place Giolito on COVID list, activate Vaughn

The Chicago White Sox placed ace Lucas Giolito on the COVID-19 injured list and activated outfielder Andrew Vaughn following a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. Giolito began experiencing ... Read more »

Traded back and forth, Ford learns to live out of suitcase

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Ford has learned to travel light — and quickly. Since the start of the season, the 29-year-old first baseman has played for Tacoma, San Francisco ... Read more »

Falcon 9 rocket launches Starlink satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 53 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from California on Friday. (May 13) Read more »

Celtics' Robert Williams remains out for Game 6 vs. Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Boston forward/center Robert Williams missed his third straight game with an injured left knee as the Celtics tried to keep their season alive Friday night in Game ... Read more »

Padres sign Robinson Canó, plan to use him off the bench

ATLANTA (AP) — The San Diego Padres have signed veteran second baseman Robinson Canó to a major league contract and plan to use him as a left-handed bat off the ... Read more »

WNBA star's Russia detention extended by 1 month

The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner says her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press the relatively short extension indicated ... Read more »

Louisiana justices toss COVID-related charges against pastor

Hundreds of thousands of Americans fighting long-haul symptoms from COVID-19 Dr. David Putrino from Mount Sinai Health System and COVID long-hauler Joel Fram discuss the long-term effects of the disease.The ... Read more »

Sandy Hook lawsuits against Alex Jones on track to resume

The Associated PressFILE – This Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, photo shows radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones at Capitol Hill in Washington. The Sandy Hook families’ lawsuits against ... Read more »

Rockies' Bryant closer to return after cortisone shot

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant took swings in the cage Friday for the first time since he was sidelined with a sore back nearly three weeks ago ... Read more »

Mariners demote Jarred Kelenic to minors after poor start

NEW YORK (AP) — Rather than make his Citi Field debut against the team that traded him, Jarred Kelenic was demoted to Triple-A Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners on Friday ... Read more »

Biden: ASEAN partnership 'critical' in this moment

Looking to strengthen ties, President Joe Biden welcomes leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to Washington for the first time. “We’re launching a new era in U.S.-ASEAN relations,” ... Read more »

Phil Mickelson will not defend his title at next week's PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson caught lightning in a bottle last year at Kiawah Island, winning a major championship at 50 years of age. The fairways flooded, and the golf world stood and ... Read more »

Tennessee Titans' Malik Willis on Ryan Tannehill's mentorship comments: 'Everything is cool'

The Tennessee Titans didn’t take issue with Ryan Tannehill’s comments about mentoring third-round rookie Malik Willis. Willis and coach Mike Vrabel were asked about Tannehill’s scrutinized remarks following the first ... Read more »

Lawyers plan suit against Lufthansa over Jewish passengers

Lawyers for 26 passengers said Friday they told Lufthansa that they will sue the German airline for refusing to let members of a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers board ... Read more »

Wild face offseason after yet another early ouster

While the Minnesota Wild were stacking up franchise records and securing the extra home game for the first round, general manager Bill Guerin carefully acknowledged a “great year” for the ... Read more »