According to a lawyer, Prince Andrew is dodging a sexual assault case.
Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers say that Prince Andrew has “stopped coming out in public” in order to “avoid the serving of a sexual assault lawsuit.”
Virginia Giuffre, formally known as Virginia Roberts, has accused Prince Andrew of sexually assaulting her while she was a teenager, according to Virginia Giuffre.
Ms Giufrre claims that Jeffrey Epstein compelled her to have sex with the Duke three times when she was under the age of 18 between 2000 and 2002.
Andrew has always flatly disputed her allegations.
The Duke of York has repeatedly declined to be served with notice of the lawsuit, according to Ms Giufrre’s lawyer and documents obtained by ABC News.
“Process servers have shown up to his apartment, and they have refused to receive the summons and refuse to let the process servers in to serve,” said David Boies, chairman of the New York City legal firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, which represents Ms Giuffre.
Andrew was sued on August 10 under New York’s Child Victims Act, alleging that he sexually abused Ms Giuffre when she was under the age of 18.
The case, which neither the prince nor his legal team has addressed, will be heard over the phone in New York.
Mr. Boies told ABC News that, in addition to personally serving the papers on the prince at his residence, he plans to advise the court on Monday that additional means have been attempted.
“Mailing the complaint, e-mailing various law firms believed to be linked with the prince, and seeking the assistance of British court authorities — under established norms for serving foreign nationals with notice of a civil case in US courts,” according to Ms Giuffre’s lawyers.
Their methods “meet certain recognized procedures,” according to the lawyers, because they “don’t have to physically serve him with a subpoena.”
Andrew’s lawyer, on the other hand, has criticized Ms Giufrre’s legal team’s techniques, calling their acts “regrettable.”
According to a letter acquired by ABC News, they allege the approaches prompted them to wonder whether Ms Giuffre has a solid legal claim against the prince.
“[Ms Giuffre’s lawyers] have attempted multiple public, rather well-publicized, attempts at irregular service of these proceedings in this jurisdiction,” according to the letter.