A woman who accuses the Duke of York of sexual misconduct has a pre-agreement to “release the Duke and others from any and all possible liability.”
Virginia Geffery claims she was trafficked by a former friend of Andrew’s, and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of having sex with Duke when she was 17 and a minor under U.S. law.
For Duke, Andrew B. Breitler said before the trial that Ms. Jeffrey had already entered into a “settlement agreement” that would have annulled her current case.
Mr Breitler told the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that Andrew’s lawyers had “significant concerns” about the ownership of the case.
Mr Breitler was apparently deployed at the last minute when Ms Jeffrey’s legal team accused Andrew’s lawyers of “stoning” her efforts to get involved in the case.
The lawyer has made a successful career defending the allegations raised by the #MeToo movement.
Mr Breitler said: “We understand that this is a baseless, unworkable and possibly illegal lawsuit that the plaintiff has filed against the Duke.
“A settlement agreement has been entered into by the plaintiff in the earlier proceedings which acquits Duke and others of any and all possible liability.”
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Judge Lewis A. Kaplan repeatedly sought to limit the scope of the hearing on whether the Duke had been given proper notice of the case, and what action the court needed to take to ensure that the legal documents reached him. Is.
Representing Ms. Jeffrey, David Boyce said the complaint was “delivered to the defendant’s last known address”, adding that the documents were sent via “Royal Mail”.
Mr Boyz said: “We are confident that we have met the service requirement and we have submitted the proof of service last Friday.”
He said he expects Andrew to challenge the claim that the case has been properly served.
Mr Breitler said Duke’s team had challenged the “authenticity of the service to date”, adding that they had not been properly presented under UK or international law.
He said it was up to the London High Court to decide whether the case could proceed.
The alleged settlement, citing Mr Breitler, is currently being sealed by a different judge.
Mr Boyce said requests for documents were “contradictory” while the case still depended on whether Duke had been given proper notice of action, and whether US courts had jurisdiction over the case.
He added that if the Duke chooses to join the proceedings and make a formal request for documents, Ms Jeffrey’s legal team will respond “very soon”.
Mr Breitler said he believed the document “frees our client from any and all liability”, adding that other defendants had avoided similar action, relying on its existence.
Judge Kaplan filed the case in person for further hearing next month.
It recommended that both parties discuss the case’s service before the next hearing to reach the “substance” of the claim.
“I can see a lot of legal fees being spent and time being wasted and delays, which ultimately can’t work for anyone,” he said.
Ms. Jeffrey is looking for indefinite damages, but there is speculation that the amount could be in the millions of dollars.
The Duke is unlikely to have an extradition hearing because it only applies to criminal charges, not civil cases.
In court documents filed Friday, Ms. Jeffrey’s lawyers said the first attempt to present papers to the Duke was made on August 26, when an agent visited Windsor Great Park.
He states that a Metropolitan Police officer, who was in charge of security, told the agent officers that he was not able to accept any court action, or that anyone was allowed to try to present legal documents of the property. Give
The agent returned the next day and was told that the trial could be left with the police officer at the main gate “and then the matter would be referred to the legal team”.
Andrew has shied away from public responsibility in ending his relationship with Epstein.
It came after a 2019 Newsnight interview in which he tried to draw a line under his relationship with Epstein, who died in prison two years ago, but was called a “car accident”.
During the program, he denied that he slept with Ms. Jeffrey on three separate occasions, saying: “I can tell you very clearly that this never happened.
“I have no recollection of meeting this woman, nothing.”
According to the Daily Mail, he last visited the Queen’s Scottish Balmoral Castle in August and was believed to be accompanied by his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York.
Ms. Geffery’s lawyers filed a civil lawsuit against Duke, alleging sexual assault and intentional emotional distress.