In a filing in the U.S. District Court of Manhattan, lawyers for Virginia Giuffree served Britain’s Prince Andrew a civil lawsuit for sexual assault through the Prince’s Los Angeles lawyer Andrew Brettler.
Giuffree’s lawyers said the lawsuit was sent by e-mail and Fed-Ex, and both copies had been received Monday morning. The lawsuit had also previously been filed in Britain.
Under U.S. federal law, the Duke of York has 21 days to respond or face a default judgment.
Andrew, 61, has repeatedly denied Giuffree’s claims of sexual assault and says he doesn’t remember her, while remaining determined to hide at the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland.
Princess Beatrice, daughter of Andrew and his former wife Sarah Ferguson, gave birth to a new granddaughter on Saturday. Andrew remained in isolation while Sarah met the new baby, 11th in line to the throne.
Visiting the U.S. this morning, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson declined an opinion during an interview with Today’s Savannah Guthrie.
“One of the great freedoms I have as prime minister is that I’m basically precluded from commenting on matters affecting members of the royal family, and I wouldn’t dream of doing so.”