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Prince Andrew Demands Trial by Jury in U.S. Sex Abuse Case

January 27th, 2022

Prince Andrew’s lawyers on Wednesday demanded a trial by jury in the U.S. District Courts as he prepares to answer sexual assault allegations brought by Virginia Giuffre.

Andrew’s trial by jury plea comes just two weeks after Judge Lewis A Kaplan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied his request to have the entire case dismissed.

Alongside the jury request, Andrew has also sought to have the case dismissed – again.

The Prince’s lawyers have justified their decision to request a jury trial and repeated calls for dismissal by suggesting Giuffre’s allegations lack solid “facts” and are “too speculative” to warrant any financial compensation from Andrew, UPI reports.

The Prince’s lawyers also suggested that Giuffre’s “prayer” for “exemplary” or “excessive” “punitive damages” is “unconstitutional” as this is “barred” by the “due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment”.

In the submitted court documents the Queen’s son once again denied “that he ever engaged in sexual acts with Giuffre” and declined to answer most of her other allegations.

A portrait of Prince Andrew outside The Duke of York pub on January 16, 2022 in London, England. On Thursday, Buckingham Palace announced Prince Andrew would shed his military titles and patronages after a U.S. court allowed a lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre, who alleges Andrew raped her when she was 17, to proceed. (Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

These include topics such as his relationship with paedophile billionaire Jefferey Epstein – claiming the Prince “lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations”.

Previously Andrew has suggested Giuffre is suffering from “false memories” in regards to her claim of him sexually assaulting her when she was 17 in 2001. Andrew has also accused Giuffre of highlighting her claimed trauma in order “to deflect” from the role the Prince accuses her of having in “Epstein’s sex-trafficking scheme”.

The disgraced Prince has also challenged the motivations behind Giuffre’s allegations against him and suggested she is simply seeking another “payday”, using the $500,000 Giuffre obtained in a 2009 settlement with Epstein as evidence of this.

Currently, Andrew has not been charged with any criminal offences and if the case is not dismissed will face Giuffre in the U.S. civil courts.

He has always maintained his innocence of all charges.

Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Update: The Defense Begin Their Case

Ryan DeLarme,
December 16th, 2021

The Ghislaine Maxwell trial has resumed today after a three-day pause. The prosecution rested its case last Friday after calling nearly two dozen witnesses, including 4 accusers who detailed their alleged abuse at the hands of Epstein and Maxwell.

In court papers filed earlier this week, Maxwell’s attorneys said they are hoping to call the attorneys for three of Maxwell’s accusers to question them about statements they made to federal investigators.

Prosecutors in the case have urged Judge Nathan to not allow the testimony — but no final decision has been by the jurist.

The defense’s first witness was Cimberly Espinosa, a one-time employee of Jeffery Epstein. 

Espinosa was hired by the dead sex offender in 1996 and worked as an executive assistant for Maxwell. She worked for Maxwell for about six years and told the jury that she “looked up” to the accused madam.

“I highly respected Ghislaine,” Espinosa testified. “I looked up to her very much.”

Espinosa, 55, said the British socialite was Jeffrey Epstein’s “property manager” — and that she learned a lot from her “demanding” boss over their years working side by side.

Much like the rest of Epstein’s well-taken-care-of employees, Espinosa denied ever seeing Maxwell or Epstein engage in inappropriate activity with underage girls.

Next, the Defense called in one Elizabeth Loftus, a “false memory” expert.

Editors Note: We are currently working on an expose of Elizabeth Loftus and the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, so keep an eye out for that! 

Loftus, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, has been called to the stand in some 300 trials since 1975. She’s usually called by defense attorneys in an attempt to raise doubts about the accounts of accusers.

Loftus has consulted or testified in the cases of scores of high-profile defendants, including Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson, Robert Durst, and Ted Bundy.

After lunch, Prosecutors began their cross-examination of the witness.

During cross-examination, Assistant US Attorney Lara Pomerantz grilled the defense’s expert witness Elizabeth Loftus — a psychologist and memory expert — over the fact that she’s only ever testified for the prosecution one time out of 150.

She also brought up a 1991 book by Loftus titled, “Witness for the Defense.”

“You wrote a book called ‘Witness for the Defense’?” Pomerantz asked.

“Yes,” Loftus replied.

“You haven’t written a book called ‘Impartial Witness,’ right?”

“No,” Loftus said.

Unfortunately, that’s all we were able to learn today but we will be back tomorrow with more updates.