Now, the Duke of York has officially responded to the lawsuit. He asked for a trial by jury "on all causes of action asserted in the complaint," per Sky News.
Andrew's legal team filed documents on Wednesday, January 26, in response to Virginia's claims. They reportedly argued that the case should be dismissed because she is believed to be living in Australia. They also argued too much time has passed since the alleged incidents took place.
They claimed the trial should be dismissed because of "her own wrongful conduct." The defense argued she gave up her rights after signing an agreement with Jeffrey Epstein, the outlet noted. However, as OK! reported, the judge denied Andrew's request on the grounds that Virginia's settlement with Jeffrey protected him, as the deal bars "any other person" from using it in another case.
Virginia reportedly made note in her lawsuit of a photograph showing her, the royal and Ghislaine Maxwell all together. "The below photograph depicts Prince Andrew, Plaintiff, and Maxwell at Maxwell's home prior to Prince Andrew sexually abusing Plaintiff," the suit read.
Andrew's legal team responded that their client, "lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph thirty-eight of the Complaint," the outlet reported.
In the new filing, Andrew's team said their client did visit Jeffrey's home in 2010, after Epstein served his sentence and registered as a sex offender. However, the defense argued Andrew's stay does not admit or deny whether he knew the late financier was a registered sex offender, The Sun reported.
Virginia reportedly claimed Andrew was a close friend of Ghislaine. Her suit alleged the socialite, "spent years overseeing and managing Epstein's sex trafficking network, and actively recruited underage girls, including Plaintiff."
Andrew's team reportedly said he "denies" being close with Ghislaine, with them maintaining the royal "lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the remaining allegations."
"Assuming, without admitting, that Giuffre has suffered any injury or damage, Giuffre and/or others, who are not Prince Andrew, contributed in whole or in part to the alleged damage," his lawyers wrote, per The Sun.
Queen Elizabeth II's son could face trial sometime between September and December 2022, according to Sky News.