Duke of York assembles lawyers to get Virginia Giuffre’s sex abuse claims thrown out of court

Prince Andrew has assembled a ‘dream team’ of high-powered American lawyers and feels ‘confident’ that the civil case against him for rape and sexual assault will be thrown out of court.

A source familiar with the legal team appointed by the Duke of York to fight a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by accuser Virginia Roberts – which has its first court hearing tomorrow – told The Mail on Sunday last night: ‘The Prince’s UK team has slowly but surely been putting together a team of highly-skilled, big-name lawyers to fight on his behalf in the US.

‘People will be surprised by the names of those who will be defending him. It’s a dream team of some of the sharpest minds in the business. There is a great deal of confidence among everyone, Andrew included, that the civil suit will be thrown out before it ever comes to court.’

The MoS first revealed that Ms Roberts – now known as Virginia Giuffre – planned to sue the Duke in a New York court, claiming that she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17 and still a minor under New York law.

Prince Andrew has assembled a 'dream team' of high-powered American lawyers and feels 'confident' that the civil case against him for rape and sexual assault will be thrown out of court

Prince Andrew has assembled a 'dream team' of high-powered American lawyers and feels 'confident' that the civil case against him for rape and sexual assault will be thrown out of court

Prince Andrew has assembled a ‘dream team’ of high-powered American lawyers and feels ‘confident’ that the civil case against him for rape and sexual assault will be thrown out of court

The lawsuit, filed last month and less than 24 hours after our exclusive story, alleges the Prince ‘raped and committed sexual assault and battery’ on Ms Roberts, now 38.

She is seeking unspecified damages which could run into the millions of dollars. Prince Andrew has repeatedly and vehemently denied all claims against him and any wrongdoing.

The Duke’s legal team in the United States is believed to include Blair Berk, a high-powered, Los Angeles-based lawyer whose previous clients include Harvey Weinstein, Britney Spears, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mel Gibson.

‘Blair is one of the best in the business. She’s nicknamed The Rottweiler,’ said a lawyer who has worked with her.

‘She takes no prisoners. If anyone can clear Andrew’s name and sort out this mess, she can.’

Intriguingly, Ms Roberts’s lawyer David Boies attempted to serve a copy of the civil suit on Ms Berk.

A source familiar with the legal team appointed by the Duke of York to fight a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by accuser Virginia Roberts – which has its first court hearing tomorrow – told The Mail on Sunday last night: 'The Prince's UK team has slowly but surely been putting together a team of highly-skilled, big-name lawyers to fight on his behalf in the US'

A source familiar with the legal team appointed by the Duke of York to fight a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by accuser Virginia Roberts – which has its first court hearing tomorrow – told The Mail on Sunday last night: 'The Prince's UK team has slowly but surely been putting together a team of highly-skilled, big-name lawyers to fight on his behalf in the US'

A source familiar with the legal team appointed by the Duke of York to fight a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by accuser Virginia Roberts – which has its first court hearing tomorrow – told The Mail on Sunday last night: ‘The Prince’s UK team has slowly but surely been putting together a team of highly-skilled, big-name lawyers to fight on his behalf in the US’

Paperwork filed in New York on Friday contained a response from her saying she was ‘not authorised’ to accept the documents. She failed to respond to questions yesterday about whether she was representing the Prince.

He is ‘unlikely’ to have lawyers representing him tomorrow when a New York judge will hear from Ms Roberts’s lawyers, who will outline the civil case against him and attempt to offer ‘proof’ that they have successfully served the lawsuit on Andrew in the UK.

The source said: ‘The other side are very good at garnering headlines but ultimately it comes down to the law. The Prince’s legal team has no intention of validating this frivolous suit by attending Monday’s hearing. They are confident they can get Virginia’s suit dismissed.’

One of the possible grounds for dismissal may be a 2009 agreement Ms Roberts signed with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein in which she reportedly agreed not to sue any of his friends, associates or employees in exchange for a financial settlement.

Epstein committed suicide in a New York jail cell in 2019 after being charged with multiple child sex offences.

Pictured: Singer Cee Lo Green pictured with attorney Blair Berk

Pictured: Singer Cee Lo Green pictured with attorney Blair Berk

Pictured: Singer Cee Lo Green pictured with attorney Blair Berk 

The source added: ‘The Epstein agreement may well be enough to cover Prince Andrew and get the case tossed [out].’

On Friday, a source close to the Duke of York said that his UK lawyer Gary Bloxsome was feeling ‘very chilled’ about tomorrow’s hearing, adding: ‘I very much expect we won’t see the Duke’s lawyers represented at Monday’s hearing. No one will want to be in court to engage with proceedings.’

However, Ms Roberts’s lawyers believe they will be able to convince the judge that the papers were successfully served on the Duke, which will then ‘start the clock ticking’ for Andrew’s team to respond within 21 days or face having a default judgment made against him.

Link hienalouca.com

Advertising:

Tips to Find Low Priced Luxury Holiday Package Deals Fast

For most families, it has already been a common practice to spend the Holiday season in a foreign location. This is caused by the aviation market changes which have given a lot of benefits for people who travel a lot. Airfares going to different tourist destinations are becoming more inexpensive. What does this mean? If there is a perfect time to purchase luxury holiday package deals, now it the right time! Based on the market trend nowadays, you can save both money and time when you go for a luxury holiday. There are countless offers that combine travel and accommodation in one package which is a lot cheaper than getting separate deals. Aside from that, it is also risky to individually book the services that you need for the vacation. You might end up missing out on some important details of the trip. Unlike when you take advantage of luxury holiday package deals, you can be sure that everything is organized meticulously and according to what you really need. Nonetheless, you would still need to carefully select the package that would fit your needs. Review the following tips in getting packages that are reasonably priced. · Normally, luxury tour packages include accommodation, flight travel and transportation to individual tourist destinations. It would be best to choose the complete package so you won’t have to worry about other vacation elements. In addition to that, these are the packages that have the biggest discounts. · You can get big mark down prices, if you will purchase more packages. It is not a bad idea to share the wonderful moment with your loved ones. By doing so, you would not only enjoy, you will also save more money. You can even use your savings for other activities on your vacation. · It would be best to know how much you are willing to pay for the luxury tour packages. You can already work around your budget. You have to stick to your budget. If not, you might end up spending a lot and you will be left with less money for your vacation. · Prices may vary depending on the destination of the tour. You can do a research about places that are attractive yet inexpensive. There are thousands of destinations and you just have to choose wisely. · There are packages that include recreational activities. This means that you are paying for all the activities when you purchase these packages. The right thing to do is to make sure that the activities that are included would be the ones that you really enjoy. There is no sense in paying for activities that will not really make your vacation memorable. If you are going with friends, you should also consider their preferences so that you can be sure that everyone will enjoy the trip. There are other ways on how you can be sure that you are getting the best deal for your luxury holiday vacation. No matter how you choose to do it, you have to get adequate information about the packages. This will help you determine whether it is worth the price.

(Total views: 65 Time, 1 visits per day)

Leave a Reply