Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre seek witnesses in sex abuse trial

Lawyers for Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre have filed their first requests for witnesses in her trial accusing the British Royal Family of sexually assaulting her when she was 17.

Newly released documents show the prince’s legal team is seeking testimony from her husband, Robert Giuffre, and his psychologist, Judith Lightfoot, in the civil case filed in the US.

Lawyers for Ms Giuffre, meanwhile, are seeking evidence from the Prince’s former aide and a woman who claims to have seen him in a London nightclub with her during the time in question.

Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew (AP)

The lawsuit passed a hurdle after a judge earlier this week denied Andrew’s request to dismiss it.

Ms Giuffre sued Andrew, 61, in August, claiming she was coerced into having sex with him in 2001 by Epstein and his longtime girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. Ms Giuffre said she was sexually assaulted by Andrew at Maxwell’s home in London, Epstein’s mansion in New York and Epstein’s estate in the US Virgin Islands.

The prince has strenuously denied Ms Giuffre’s claims, telling the BBC in 2019 that sex with Ms Giuffre “did not take place” and that he had “no recollection” of meeting her.

Newly released documents show Andrew’s lawyers claim Ms Giuffre ‘may be suffering from false memories’ and say she should be asked about the ‘false memory theory’ as well as other issues discussed in her sessions with Mrs. Giuffre and on all the prescriptions she wrote for her.

Andrew’s lawyers want Robert Giuffre questioned about the circumstances in which the couple met around 2002 and their household finances. They want testimony from the two, who are both Australian residents, by April 29 or as soon as possible after that.

Virginie Giuffre
Virginie Giuffre (AP)

Lawyers for Ms Giuffre, meanwhile, have filed similar claims for Andrew’s side. They want testimony from his former assistant Robert Olney, whose name they say was listed in Epstein’s phone book under ‘Duke of York’, which they say indicates he was aware of Epstein’s trip. ‘Andrew in Epstein’s properties.

His lawyers are also seeking testimony from Shukri Walker, who they say was quoted in reports about how she saw Andrew at London nightclub Tramp during the time in question with a young woman who may have been Ms Giuffre.

The AP generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they choose to come forward publicly, as Ms. Giuffre did.

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