Prince Andrew Accuser's Legal Team Reportedly Insist She Is A U.S. Resident, Asks For Documents Concerning The Royal's Alleged 'Inability To Sweat'
Prince Andrew's accuser has reportedly rejected claims that she is not a U.S. resident.
As previously reported by OK!, earlier this week, the Duke of York's legal team filed documents asking that Virginia Giuffre's case be halted while the "issue of subject matter jurisdiction is adjudicated." They reportedly claimed that she is a resident of Australia, and therefore "the court does not have subject matter jurisdiction over this action because plaintiff Virginia L Giuffre cannot satisfy the elements of diversity jurisdiction."
Virginia filed a lawsuit against the royal earlier this year. She claimed that she was forced to have sex with Andrew on three occasions in London, New York and on Jeffrey Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean when she was a minor, but the 61-year-old has denied the allegations.
Virginia's legal team said the move was a "transparent attempt to delay discovery into his own documents and testimony," according to CBS News. The outlet reported that her attorney's said her domicile is in Colorado, where he mother is living, and noted that she is registered to vote there.
According to the Daily Mail, Virginia's legal team asked the royal for "all Documents concerning Your alleged medical condition of anhidrosis, hypohidrosis, or your inability to sweat."
Andrew said during his 2019 Newsnight interview that it was "almost impossible for me to sweat" because he experienced an "overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War, when I was shot at," the Daily Mail reported.
Andrew's lawyer Andrew Brettler reportedly rejected the request on the grounds that it is "harassing and seeks confidential and private information and documents that are irrelevant, immaterial and not reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence," the publication noted.
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Virginia's team is said to have requested "all Documents concerning any massage that Defendant has received or requested, including but not limited to any documents concerning any individuals who may have provided such massages to Defendant."
Her team reportedly requested "all Documents concerning Defendant's travel to or from, or presence in or on: a. Epstein's planes; b. Florida; c. New York; d. New Mexico; e. the United States Virgin Islands; f. a Pizza Express located in Woking, England; or g. the Club Tramp nightclub, located in London, England."
Andrew's team is said to have rejected the request for all information about allegations on sexual abuse and extramarital sex because they are "confidential and private information and documents that are irrelevant, immaterial," per the Daily Mail. They also reportedly rejected a request for any communication between Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell or Epstein regarding alleged sexual abuse or alleged "sexual relations with anyone" as "overbroad, burdensome and oppressive."
According to CBS, Andrew reportedly denied having any documents supporting the claim that he cannot sweat. He also reportedly claimed to not have documents that would be responsive to the majority of requests by her lawyers, including of any communications with Maxwell, Epstein or pertaining to trips to Florida, New York or locations in London, the publication reported.
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 4, where Andrew's legal team will reportedly attempt to have the suit tossed.
In October Andrew's team released a statement saying that while the 38-year-old "may well be a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein," their client "never sexually abused or assaulted Giuffre."
Earlier this week, Ghislaine was found guilty on five out of six charges in her sex trafficking trial, after she had pleaded not guilty.