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New York (AFP) – Lawyers for Prince Andrew’s sexual assault accuser want to interview a woman they say saw him in a London nightclub with a “young girl”, according to US court documents.
Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers also want to grill a 61-year-old former royal aide in her civil lawsuit against Queen Elizabeth II’s second son.
In turn, the prince’s legal team wants to interview Giuffre’s husband, 38, and his psychologist in Australia, according to documents filed in New York on Friday evening.
Giuffre’s lawyer, Sigrid McCawley, has submitted an official “letter of request” that would compel Shukri Walker to testify in Britain.
“(Walker) claims to have seen Prince Andrew at Tramp Nightclub in London with a young girl around the time the complainant claims Prince Andrew abused her in London after visiting Tramp Nightclub,” wrote the attorney.
“Because Prince Andrew denied ever meeting the complainant or being at Tramp Nightclub during the relevant period, Ms Walker’s evidence is highly relevant,” she added.
Giuffre alleges Andrew sexually assaulted her at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell in March 2001 when she was 17 and a minor under US law.
The prince denied ever being at Tramp Nightclub with Giuffre and said he could not remember ever meeting her.
Giuffre sued Andrew in a New York court last year for unspecified damages, alleging she was trafficked to him by Maxwell – who was convicted of sex trafficking last month – and the late handler of disgraced fund, Jeffrey Epstein.
In addition to London’s allegations, Giuffre also says Andrew assaulted her at Epstein’s New York home and on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.
Andrew has repeatedly and strenuously denied the allegations and he has not been criminally charged.
Giuffre’s lawyers also want to interview Robert Olney, the prince’s former aide, who they say “has relevant information” about Andrew’s relationship with Epstein.
Andrew’s lawyers said in their own letter to the judge that they wanted to interview Robert Giuffre, who they say married Virginia Roberts in 2002.
The couple live in Australia with their three children.
Attorney Melissa Lerner wrote that Giuffre’s husband would likely have information about her “alleged emotional and psychological harm and damage.”
She said they also wanted to ask Giuffre’s psychologist, Judith Lightfoot, about what was discussed in their counseling sessions.
Andrew’s team is looking for Lightfoot’s session notes and medical records.
They argue that Giuffre “may suffer from false memories” and want to ask Lightfoot about the “false memory theory,” the letter states.
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