Prince Andrew's responses to Virginia Roberts' sex abuse allegations

Prince Andrew’s 41-point denial in full: Duke of York’s responses to Virginia Robertscatalogue of sex abuse allegations as he files legal papers with US court

  • Prince Andrew has filed legal papers denying all of Virginia Roberts allegations
  • The documents submitted today contain 41 denials of claims raised by Roberts
  • The Royal also says he ‘lacks sufficient information to admit or deny’ 40 reclami
  • It comes after Andrew’s motion to have the case thrown out was denied in Jan
  • Roberts filed a 15-page claim accusing Andrew of sexual abuse last year
  • Prince Andrew‘s legal team today filed legal papers denying all of Virginia Roberts’ sex abuse allegations as he prepares for a bitter court battle in the United States.

    The papers, filed today by the Duke of York’s legal counsel Andrew Brettler, contained 41 separate denials of claims made by Roberts in August 2021 l'anno scorso.

    Il documento, which spanned 11 pagine, also shows 40 separate instances in which Andrew said that he ‘lacks sufficient information to admit or denyparts of Roberts’ Richiesta.

    Roberts, who is referred to in case documents by her married name Virginia Giuffre, filed over 15 pages of court documents at New York’s southern district court in August 2021 in which she formally accused the Royal of sexual abuse while she was being trafficked by billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

    Prince Andrew has always vehemently denied all charges, while Giuffre has requested ‘punitive damagesbe awarded by a judge and demanded a ‘trial by juryfor the ‘physical, psicologico’ injuries she says she suffered.

    Below are Giuffre’s claims made in August 2021 and Prince Andrew’s official rebuttals as laid out in today’s court documents in full.

    Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts, invecchiato 17, e Ghislaine Maxwell nella residenza di Ghislaine Maxwell a Londra, Britain on March 13, 2001.

    Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts, invecchiato 17, e Ghislaine Maxwell nella residenza di Ghislaine Maxwell a Londra, Britain on March 13, 2001.

    Roberts, who is referred to in case documents by her married name Virginia Giuffre, filed over 15 pages of court documents at New York's southern district court in August 2021 in which she formally accused the Royal of sexual abuse while she was being trafficked by billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein (Roberts pictured with her lawyer David Boies in 2019)

    Roberts, who is referred to in case documents by her married name Virginia Giuffre, filed over 15 pages of court documents at New York’s southern district court in August 2021 in which she formally accused the Royal of sexual abuse while she was being trafficked by billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein (Roberts pictured with her lawyer David Boies in 2019)

    First page of legal documents submitted today by Prince Andrew's legal team denying the claims of sexual abuse made against him by Virginia Giuffre

    First page of legal documents submitted today by Prince Andrew’s legal team denying the claims of sexual abuse made against him by Virginia Giuffre

    NATURE OF THE ACTION

    1. This suit arises out of Defendant’s sexual abuse of Plaintiff when she was under the age of 18 Anni.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph one of the Complaint.

    2. During 2000–2002, beginning when Plaintiff was 16, Plaintiff was the victim of sex trafficking and abuse by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph two of the Complaint.

    3. Epstein’s trafficking scheme involved recruiting young girls, often by claiming they would be paid $200 for simply providing a massage to a wealthy billionaire. This same pattern was repeated numerous times with countless children and young women.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph three of the Complaint.

    4. As United States District Judge Kenneth Marra found, ‘From between about 1999 e 2007, Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused more than 30 minor girlsat his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, and elsewhere in the United States and overseas

    ‘In addition to his own sexual abuse of the victims, Epstein directed other persons to abuse the girls sexually. Epstein used paid employees to find and bring minor girls to him.

    ‘Epstein worked in concert with others to obtain minors not only for his own sexual gratification, but also for the sexual gratification of others.

    Opinion and Order, Doc. No. 435 at 1–2, lui e i soci Philip Levine 1 and Jane Doe 2 v. Castello Oumsiyat, Case No. 9:08-cv-80736 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 21, 2019).

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph four of the Complaint.

    5. Like other minor children who came before and after her, Plaintiff was initially recruited to provide massages, and thereafter to engage in a variety of sexual acts, per Epstein.

    Plaintiff was required to be on call for Epstein for sexual purposes and frequently traveled with him both nationally and internationally. Plaintiff was regularly abused by Epstein and was lent out by Epstein to other powerful men for sexual purposes.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph five of the Complaint.

    6. One such powerful man to whom Plaintiff was lent out for sexual purposes was the Defendant, Prince Andrew, il duca di York.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph six of the Complaint.

    7. 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.

    Prince Andrew denies the first clause in paragraph seven of the Complaint. He lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the remaining allegations contained in that paragraph.

    8. According to Prince Andrew, he met Epstein through Maxwell in 1999. Prince Andrew thereafter became a frequent guest in Epstein’s various homes around the world, including New York City where he sexually abused Plaintiff at Epstein and Maxwell’s invitation when she was a minor.

    Prince Andrew admits that he met Jeffrey Epstein (“Epstein”) in or around 1999. He denies the remaining allegations contained in paragraph eight of the Complaint.

    9. After publicly feigning ignorance about the scope of Epstein’s sex-trafficking operation and sympathy for Epstein’s victims, Prince Andrew has refused to cooperate with U.S. authorities in their investigation and prosecution of Epstein and his co-conspirators.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph nine of the Complaint.

    10. Prince Andrew committed sexual assault and battery upon Plaintiff when she was 17 Anni. Come tale, Prince Andrew is responsible for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress pursuant to New York common law. The damage to Plaintiff has been severe and lasting.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in the first sentence of paragraph ten of the Complaint. The remainder of that paragraph amounts to a legal conclusion to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, Prince Andrew denies the remainder of the allegations contained in paragraph ten of the Complaint.

    11. This action has been timely filed pursuant to the Child Victims Act, N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 214-g. The actions described herein constitute sexual offenses by Defendant under New York Penal Law Article 130, and were committed against Plaintiff when she was a child less than eighteen years of age, for which she suffered physical, psicologico, and other injuries as a result.

    The contentions in paragraph eleven of the Complaint are legal conclusions to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph eleven.

    Al di sopra di 15 pages of court documents filed at New York's southern district court, Roberts, also referred to by her married name Giuffre (raffigurato in 2019 following a hearing in the Epstein case), claimed that the Duke of York 'committed sexual assault and battery' against her while she was aged just 17, requesting that a judge award 'punitive damages' for the 'physical and psychological' injuries she suffered

    Al di sopra di 15 pages of court documents filed at New York’s southern district court, Roberts, also referred to by her married name Giuffre (raffigurato in 2019 following a hearing in the Epstein case), claimed that the Duke of York ‘committed sexual assault and batteryagainst her while she was aged just 17, requesting that a judge award ‘punitive damagesfor the ‘physical and psychologicalinjuries she suffered

    PARTIES

    12. Plaintiff Virginia L. Giuffre is an individual who is a citizen of the State of Colorado.

    Prince Andrew disputes that Giuffre is domiciled in the State of Colorado and on that basis denies the allegations in paragraph twelve of the Complaint.

    13. Defendant Prince Andrew is a citizen of the United Kingdom, and is currently residing at the Royal Lodge at Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, United Kingdom, where he is domiciled.

    Prince Andrew admits paragraph thirteen of the Complaint

    JURISDICTION AND VENUE

    14. This Court has diversity jurisdiction over this dispute pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332(un)(2). Plaintiff is a citizen of a State and Defendant is a citizen of a foreign state, and the amount in controversy exceeds the sum or value of $75,000.00 excluding interests and costs.

    Paragraph fourteen of the Complaint consists of legal conclusions to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, Prince Andrew disputes and denies that the Court has subject matter jurisdiction over this dispute on the grounds that Giuffre is not domiciled in Colorado.

    15. Venue is proper in this Court as a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to Plaintiff’s claims occurred within this District. 28 U.S.C. § 1391(regia di Luca Guadagnino)(2).

    Paragraph fifteen of the Complaint consists of legal conclusions to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, Prince Andrew denies the allegations in this paragraph.

    16. This Court has personal jurisdiction over Defendant as Defendant sexually abused Plaintiff in this state, and has thus committed a tortious action within this State pursuant to New York’s long-arm statute, N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 302(un)(2).

    Defendant also visited Jeffrey Epstein in this State on numerous occasions. Defendant could reasonably anticipate that a suit based upon his acts and omissions with respect to Plaintiff could result in him being subject to suit in this State, and this suit arises directly out of the Defendant’s acts or omissions with respect to Plaintiff in this state.

    Paragraph sixteen of the Complaint consists of legal conclusions to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, Prince Andrew denies the allegations in this paragraph.

    FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS

    UN. Epstein’s Sex Trafficking Enterprise

    17. Jeffrey Epstein was widely renowned as a billionaire who used his vast connections to powerful individuals, and seemingly unlimited wealth and resources, to create a web of transcontinental sex trafficking that served himself, his coconspirators, and some of the most powerful people in the world.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph seventeen of the Complaint.

    18. Ghislaine Maxwell is a British socialite and the daughter of disgraced publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell. Maxwell was the highest-ranking recruiter in Epstein’s sex-trafficking enterprise. Maxwell is currently facing criminal charges in the Southern District of New York stemming from her role in Epstein’s sex-trafficking enterprise, and is set to face trial in the fall.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph eighteen of the Complaint.

    19. Epstein had perfected a scheme for manipulation and abuse of young females. Come parte dello schema, Maxwell or another female recruiter would approach a young girl and strike up a conversation in an effort to quickly learn about the girl’s background and any vulnerabilities they could expose. Epstein’s recruiters found their targets everywhere and anywhere, I legislatori russi approvano la legislazione che prevede fino a, uno yacht club e una piscina a sfioro sul tetto, trailer parks, and the street.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph nineteen of the Complaint.

    20. The recruiter would then manipulate the young female into coming back to one of Epstein’s residences by offering the young girl something she needed, depending on her situation. In molti casi, the recruiter sought out girls who wanted to be professional masseuses and invited them to one of Epstein’s homes by offering them what appeared to be legitimate masseuse positions.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph twenty of the Complaint.

    21. Once in the residence, Epstein and his co-conspirators would work in concert to impress and intimidate the young female with displays of vast wealth and power. They would brag about their connections to very powerful political and social figures, and display photographs of themselves with those figures around Epstein’s homes. They would normalize the sexual abuse by displaying photographs and art displaying nude females, and a massage table and spa related products in an effort to legitimize the area where the abuse was set to occur.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph twenty-one of the Complaint.

    22. Once abused, Epstein and Maxwell continued to manipulate their victims, using their financial power, off marca deodorante naturale ricaricabile Wild con il nostro codice, and threats to ensure that the victim returned as directed and remained compliant with their demands. Epstein and his lawyers would even gather information about the victims to use against them if they ever disobeyed him, and his homes were under constant surveillance.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph twenty-two of the Complaint.

    23. Message pads recovered during trash pulls at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion reflect messages that his staff took to relay to Epstein. They show the constant flow of girls to Epstein, sometimes three per day. Epstein’s employees have also described young girls constantly being present at Epstein’s different homes.

    Epstein’s constant access to young girls is also evidenced in his ‘Black Book,’ a book of phone numbers and contact information listing girls to call for ‘massagesin various cities, flight logs documenting his frequent travel with young girls and powerful individuals on his private plane, and troves of lewd photographs of young girls recovered from his homes. In his Black Book, Epstein had at least 12 different contact numbers listed for Prince Andrew.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph twenty-three of the Complaint.

    24. Plaintiff became a victim of sex trafficking and repeated sexual abuse after Maxwell recruited her into Epstein’s sex-trafficking operation when Plaintiff was working at the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

    The Duke of York's official rebuttal comes after a motion to dismiss the case on a legal technicality at the beginning of January was denied

    The Duke of York’s official rebuttal comes after a motion to dismiss the case on a legal technicality at the beginning of January was denied

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph twenty-four of the Complaint.

    25. Fra 2000 e 2002, Epstein sexually abused Plaintiff at numerous locations including his mansion in this District, a 9 East 71st Street, New York, New York 10021.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph twenty-five of the Complaint.

    26. Epstein also flew Plaintiff on his plane nationally and internationally numerous times when she was under the age of 18.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph twenty-six of the Complaint, including those pertaining to the graphic embedded therein.

    27. In addition to being abused by Epstein himself, Plaintiff was also forced to have sex with Defendant, Prince Andrew, il duca di York, at Epstein and Maxwell’s direction.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations in paragraph twenty-seven of the Complaint pertaining to the alleged abuse of Giuffre at the hands of Epstein and denies the remining allegations contained in this paragraph.

    28. As part of their sex trafficking efforts, Epstein and Maxwell intimidated Plaintiff into remaining silent about what had happened to her.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph twenty-eight of the Complaint. To the extent the allegations in this paragraph are predicated on any alleged abuse at the hands of Prince Andrew, he denies the allegations in this paragraph.

    29. After years of abuse, Epstein sent Plaintiff to Thailand in September 2002. One of Plaintiff’s assignments from Epstein was to bring a young girl back to Epstein in the United States. Fearing for her life, and not wanting to subject another young girl to the abuse she was forced to endure, Plaintiff fled from Thailand to Australia to escape from Epstein.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph twenty-nine of the Complaint.

    B. Defendant’s Relationship with Epstein and Maxwell

    30. According to Prince Andrew, he first met Epstein in 1999 through Maxwell, Prince Andrew’s close friend. Prince Andrew and Maxwell have been photographed at numerous social events together.

    Prince Andrew admits that he met Epstein in or around 1999. He denies the remaining allegations in the first sentence of paragraph thirty of the Complaint, and lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in the second sentence of that paragraph.

    31. According to available flight logs, Prince Andrew began flying with Epstein on his private plane as early as 1999, when he flew with Epstein and Maxwell to Epstein’s private island, Little St. James. Prince Andrew’s name also appears in other available flight log entries from around the same time, showing travel with Epstein and Maxwell to and from other locations, including West Palm Beach, Florida, and Teterboro, New Jersey.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph thirty-one of the Complaint.

    32. Nel 2000, Epstein and Maxwell attended Prince Andrew’s 40th birthday party. Quello stesso anno, Prince Andrew threw Maxwell a birthday party in Sandringham, United Kingdom, and Epstein was among the guests.

    Prince Andrew admits the first sentence of paragraph thirty-two of the Complaint. He denies the remaining allegations contained in that paragraph.

    33. Nel 2006, Prince Andrew invited Epstein to his daughter’s 18th birthday party, despite Epstein being charged with procuring a minor for prostitution only one month prior.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph thirty-three of the Complaint.

    34. Prince Andrew has himself confirmed that he has been on Epstein’s private plane, stayed at Epstein’s private island, and stayed at Epstein’s homes in Palm Beach, Florida, e New York, New York. See Prince Andrew’s links to Jeffrey Epstein, notizie della BBC (Nov. 16, 2019), available at https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49411215.

    Prince Andrew admits the first sentence of paragraph thirty-four of the Complaint. He lacks sufficient information to admit or deny any allegation pertaining to the authenticity the BBC article referenced in paragraph thirty-four.

    The papers, filed today by Prince Andrew's legal counsel Andrew Brettler (nella foto), contained a detail rebuttal of all of Roberts' claims and also requested that the Royal be granted a trial by jury

    The papers, filed today by Prince Andrew’s legal counsel Andrew Brettler (nella foto), contained a detail rebuttal of all of Robertsclaims and also requested that the Royal be granted a trial by jury

    35. Members of Epstein’s house staff have confirmed witnessing Prince Andrew visit Epstein’s numerous homes, both to the media and in sworn testimony.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph thirty-five of the Complaint.

    C. Defendant’s Sexual Abuse of Plaintiff

    36. Prince Andrew abused Plaintiff on separate occasions when she was under the age of 18 Anni.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph thirty-six of the Complaint.

    37. In una occasione, Prince Andrew sexually abused Plaintiff in London at Maxwell’s home. During this encounter, Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew forced Plaintiff, vuole divorziare perché le manca una relazione monogama, to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph thirty-seven of the Complaint.

    38. The below photograph depicts Prince Andrew, Plaintiff, and Maxwell at Maxwell’s home prior to Prince Andrew sexually abusing Plaintiff.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph thirty-eight of the Complaint.

    39. In un'altra occasione, Prince Andrew sexually abused Plaintiff in Epstein’s New York mansion in this District. During this encounter, Maxwell forced Plaintiff, vuole divorziare perché le manca una relazione monogama, and another victim to sit on Prince Andrew’s lap as Prince Andrew touched her. During his visit to New York, Prince Andrew forced Plaintiff to engage in sex acts against her will.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph thirty-nine of the Complaint.

    40. In un'altra occasione, Prince Andrew sexually abused Plaintiff on Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Isole Vergini, Little St. James.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph forty of the Complaint.

    41. During each of the aforementioned incidents, Plaintiff was compelled by express or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell, and/or Prince Andrew to engage in sexual acts with Prince Andrew, and feared death or physical injury to herself or another and other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew due to their powerful connections, ‘Il rock n roll non sarebbe rock n roll senza il ritmo, and authority.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph forty-one of the Complaint.

    42. During each of the aforementioned incidents, Prince Andrew acted with intent to compel Plaintiff’s submission.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph forty-two of the Complaint.

    43. Prince Andrew engaged in each of the aforementioned sexual acts with Plaintiff at Epstein and Maxwell’s invitation, knowing that she was a sex-trafficking victim being forced to engage in sexual acts with him.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph forty-three of the Complaint.

    44. During each of the aforementioned incidents, Plaintiff did not consent to engaging in sexual acts with Prince Andrew.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph forty-four of the Complaint and denies that he ever engaged in sexual acts with Giuffre.

    45. During each of the aforementioned incidents, Prince Andrew knew Plaintiff’s age based on communications from Epstein and Maxwell.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph forty-five of the Complaint.

    46. During each of the aforementioned incidents, Prince Andrew sexually abused Plaintiff for the purpose of gratifying his sexual desires.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph forty-six of the Complaint.

    47. During each of the aforementioned incidents, Prince Andrew was acting in his individual, personal capacity, and was not performing any duty relating to his former role as a trade envoy, any duty relating to his role as a member of the Royal Family of the United Kingdom, or any other official or diplomatic duty or function.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph forty-seven of the Complaint and denies that he ever engaged in sexual acts with Giuffre.

    48. Defendant’s sexual assault and battery of Plaintiff have caused her, and continue to cause her, significant emotional and psychological distress and harm.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph forty-eight of the Complaint.

    D. The Arrest, Prosecution, and Death of Epstein, and Prince Andrew’s Refusal to Cooperate with the Authorities

    49. Nel 2008, Epstein pled guilty in Florida to the charge of procuring a minor for prostitution.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph forty-nine of the Complaint.

    50. Nel 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.

    Prince Andrew admits the second clause of paragraph fifty of the Complaint. He lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the remaining allegations contained in that paragraph.

    51. Epstein flippantly referred to his sexual abuse of multiple minors, and the slap on the wrist he had received for it, in un 2011 interview with the New York Post: ‘Billionaire pervert Jeffrey Epstein is back in New York City—and making wisecracks about his just-ended jail stint for having sex with an underage girl. ‘I am not a sexual predator, I’m an ‘offender,’ the financier told The Post yesterday. ‘It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel,’ said Epstein.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph fifty-one of the Complaint.

    52. Nello stesso periodo, Prince Andrew began to face criticism over his well- publicized friendship with Epstein.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph fifty-two of the Complaint.

    Andrew's attorneys had unsuccessfully argued that Giuffre's case should have been thrown out because of a newly-unsealed $500,000 settlement with Jeffrey Epstein (nella foto). Brettler argued the settlement protected Andrew because it contained a clause in which Giuffre agreed not to take legal action against 'potential defendants'. But Judge Kaplan denied Andrew's motion to have the case dismissed 'in all respects'

    Andrew’s attorneys had unsuccessfully argued that Giuffre’s case should have been thrown out because of a newly-unsealed $500,000 settlement with Jeffrey Epstein (nella foto). Brettler argued the settlement protected Andrew because it contained a clause in which Giuffre agreed not to take legal action against ‘potential defendants’. But Judge Kaplan denied Andrew’s motion to have the case dismissed ‘in all respects

    53. Presto 2015, after Plaintiff had publicly accused Prince Andrew of sexually abusing her, Prince Andrew emailed Maxwell stating, ‘Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph fifty-three of the Complaint.

    54. A luglio 2, 2019, gli Stati Uniti. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (‘SDNY’) charged Epstein with sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph fifty-four of the Complaint.

    55. Epstein was arrested on July 8, 2019, pursuant to a Sealed Two Count Indictment.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph fifty-five of the Complaint.

    56. Epstein was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10, 2019.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph fifty-six of the Complaint.

    57. Just one year before his death, Epstein told a New York Times reporter ‘that criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration and that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph fifty-seven of the Complaint.

    58. After Epstein’s second arrest and death, numerous of his co-conspirators and the wealthy individuals to whom he trafficked girls—including Prince Andrew—began to face increased public scrutiny for having close ties to a convicted sex offender.

    Prince Andrew denies that he was a co-conspirator of Epstein or that Epstein trafficked girls to him. Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the remaining allegations contained in paragraph fifty-eight of the Complaint.

    59. A novembre 2019, in response to this renewed scrutiny, Prince Andrew sat for an interview with BBC Newsnight. Prince Andrew stated that he did not regret his friendship with Epstein and that he had no recollection of meeting Plaintiff, despite photographic evidence to the contrary.

    Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegation that there exists photographic evidence of his alleged meeting with Giuffre. Prince Andrew admits the remainder of paragraph fifty-nine of the Complaint

    60. Prince Andrew publicly pledged, including in a statement stepping down from his public duties and in his Newsnight interview, to assist the U.S. authorities with their criminal investigation of Epstein and his co-conspirators.

    Prince Andrew admits paragraph sixty of the Complaint.

    61. Despite this public pledge, Prince Andrew has refused to cooperate with U.S. contemplando nuove sanzioni dopo le immagini delle atrocità a Bucha. Former SDNY U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman stated that Prince Andrew had provided ‘zero co-operationdespite U.S. prosecutors and the FBI contacting Prince Andrew’s counsel.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in the first sentence of paragraph sixty-one of the Complaint. Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the remaining allegations contained in that paragraph.

    62. Prince Andrew and his counsel have also refused to cooperate with counsel for the victims of Epstein’s sex trafficking. Counsel for the victims of Epstein’s sex trafficking, including counsel for Plaintiff, have repeatedly asked for a meeting or telephone call with Prince Andrew and/or his representatives to enable Prince Andrew to provide whatever facts, contesto, or explanation he might have, and to explore alternative dispute resolution approaches. Prince Andrew and his representatives have rejected all such requests, and responded by escalating their vile and baseless attacks on Plaintiff and others.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph sixty-two of the Complaint.

    63. A luglio 19, 2021, counsel for Plaintiff proposed a tolling agreement that would have enabled Plaintiff not to sue Prince Andrew at this time, while avoiding any argument that her failure to do so caused her claims to be time-barred. Again Prince Andrew stonewalled—ignoring Plaintiff’s letter and emails without any reply or response, thereby making this action necessary now. A copy of the July 19, 2021, letter proposing a tolling agreement is attached as Exhibit A to this Complaint.

    The allegations contained in paragraph sixty-three of the Complaint consist of legal conclusions and impermissible legal argument to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in this paragraph and in Exhibit A attached to the Complaint.

    64. In this country no person, whether President or Prince, is above the law, and no person, no matter how powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the law’s protection. Twenty years ago Prince Andrew’s wealth, energia, Siamo diventati terribilmente bravi a girare dall'altra parte quando queste persone usano le nostre grandi squadre di calcio per camuffare ciò che i loro governi stanno facendo in casa, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account.

    The contentions contained in paragraph sixty-four of the Complaint consist of legal conclusions and impermissible legal argument to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in this paragraph.

    FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION (SI ADATTA NEL MIO GARAGE)

    65. Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges the allegations stated above as if fully set forth herein.

    Prince Andrew repeats and re-asserts his responses stated above, as if fully set forth herein.

    66. Prince Andrew intentionally committed battery by sexually assaulting Plaintiff when she was a minor. As described above, on multiple occasions Prince Andrew intentionally touched Plaintiff in an offensive and sexual manner without her consent.

    Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in paragraph sixty-six of the Complaint.

    67. Prince Andrew’s actions constitute sexual offenses as defined in New York Penal Law Article 130, including but not limited to sexual misconduct as defined in Article 130.20, rape in the third degree as defined in Article 130.25, rape in the first degree as defined in Article 130.35, forcible touching as defined in Article 130.52, sexual abuse in the third degree as defined in Article 130.55, and sexual abuse in the first degree as defined in Article 130.65. See N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 214-g.

    The allegations contained in paragraph sixty-seven of the Complaint consist of legal conclusions to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in this paragraph.

    68. As a direct and proximate result of Prince Andrew’s criminal acts, Plaintiff has in the past and will in the future continue to suffer substantial damages, including extreme emotional distress, umiliazione, paura, trauma psicologico, perdita di dignità e autostima, and invasion of her privacy.

    The allegations contained in paragraph sixty-eight of the Complaint consist of legal conclusions to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in this paragraph.

    SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION (Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress)

    69. Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges the allegations stated above as if fully set forth herein.

    Prince Andrew repeats and re-asserts his responses stated above, as if fully set forth herein.

    70. As a direct result of these allegations as stated, Prince Andrew committed intentional infliction of emotional distress against Plaintiff.

    The allegations contained in paragraph seventy of the Complaint consist of legal conclusions to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in this paragraph.

    71. Prince Andrew’s actions, described above, constitute extreme and outrageous conduct that shocks the conscience. Prince Andrew’s sexual abuse of a child who he knew was a sex-trafficking victim, e quando era circa 40 Anni, goes beyond all possible bounds of decency and is intolerable in a civilized community.

    The allegations contained in paragraph seventy-one of the Complaint consist of legal conclusions to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, Prince Andrew denies the allegations contained in this paragraph.

    72. Prince Andrew knew or disregarded the substantial likelihood that these actions would cause Plaintiff severe emotional distress.

    The allegations contained in paragraph seventy-two of the Complaint consist of legal conclusions and impermissible argument to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, and to the extent the allegations in this paragraph are predicated on any alleged abuse at the hands of Prince Andrew, he denies the allegations in this paragraph.

    73. As a direct and proximate result of Prince Andrew’s criminal acts, Plaintiff has in the past and will in the future continue to suffer substantial damages, including extreme emotional distress, umiliazione, paura, trauma psicologico, perdita di dignità e autostima, and invasion of her privacy.

    The allegations contained in paragraph seventy-three of the Complaint consist of legal conclusions to which no response is required. To the extent a response is required, and to the extent the allegations in this paragraph are predicated on any alleged abuse at the hands of Prince Andrew, he denies the allegations in this paragraph.

    Prince Andrew's legal team has filed legal papers in which the Royal denied all of Virginia Roberts' sex abuse allegations as he prepares for a bitter court battle in the United States (Nella foto: Andrew and ex wife Sarah Duchess Of York leaving Royal Lodge on January 22)

    Prince Andrew’s legal team has filed legal papers in which the Royal denied all of Virginia Robertssex abuse allegations as he prepares for a bitter court battle in the United States (Nella foto: Andrew and ex wife Sarah Duchess Of York leaving Royal Lodge on January 22)

    Prior to today, Andrew had not officially responded to the 73-point civil claim as his lawyers almost immediately applied to a New York judge for it to be thrown out.

    That was dismissed earlier this month, meaning he now needs to formally answer the accusations against him, including claims that Miss Roberts, suing under her married made of Giuffre, was trafficked to him by his friend, paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and forced to have sex with the duke on three occasions when she was 17.

    Following his long list of denials, the legal document goes on to offer a series of defences on behalf of Prince Andrew.

    The document reiterated the position on the 2009 agreement which was that Ms Giuffre ‘waived the claims now asserted in the complaint’.

    Another factor the duke’s legal team asked the court to consider was the issue of consent.

    The document reads: ‘Assuming, without admitting, that Giuffre has suffered any injury or damage alleged in the complaint, Giuffre’s claims are barred by the doctrine of consent.

    The duke also claimed the case should be ‘barred in whole or in part by her own wrongful conduct’.

    Andrew’s lawyers also asserted that Ms Giuffre should not be able to proceed because her claim for damages is ‘too speculative to be recovered at law’.

    This appears to show the duke claiming Ms Giuffre’s claims cannot be proved with reasonable certainty, which would leave jurors speculating as to the actual damages suffered.

    Andrew’s lawyers also stated that Ms Giuffre’s claims ‘fail to state facts sufficient to constitute viable causes of action against Prince Andrew’.

    The document also argues that the claims should be dismissed because Ms Giuffre is a permanent resident of Australia.