Prince Andrew accepted the US service of a sexual assault proceeding by a woman who alleged that the Duke of York forced the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with him at his London home.
According to a joint submission to the US District Court in Manhattan on Friday, the prince and his whistleblower, Virginia Jufre, agreed that the service would be effective from September 21st.
Andrew has to formally respond to the proceedings until October 29, and has not abandoned his defense of Ms. Juffle’s allegations.
The previously scheduled October 13 court hearing has been cancelled.
The agreement seems to end a month-long effort by Andrew’s legal team, including a British lawyer, to stop the 61-year-old Juffle’s proceedings rather than stop them from the beginning.
About 20 years ago, Queen Elizabeth’s second son accused Ms. Jeffrey, 38, of forcing her to have sex at her longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home, when she was a minor.
She also said Andrew abused her at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and Epstein’s private islands in the US Virgin Islands at about the same time.
Andrew has not been charged with a crime.
His lawyer is reviewing the 2009 settlement agreement from the proceedings against Epstein in Florida to determine if Mr. Juffre’s proceedings on August 9 need to be dismissed.
Jufre is seeking unspecified damages.
Epstein, a registered sex offender, also had a home in Florida.
He was found dead in a Manhattan prison in August 2019 while awaiting a trial on sexual trafficking charges.
Ms. Jufre sued Andrew under New York law in 2019. The law provides a two-year grace period for survivors of child sexual abuse to suspect abuse of acts that occurred years or decades ago.
Maxwell is facing an upcoming November 29 trial in Manhattan on suspicion of helping Epstein recruit and care for abusive underage girls.
She pleaded not guilty.
Prince Andrew accepts US sexual assault proceedings by Virginia Jufre
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