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Prince Andrew ‘demands jury trial’ as he denies sex assault claims

Prince Andrew ‘demands jury trial’

The Duke of York has officially responded to a sex assault civil lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, saying he rejects the accusations and wants to fight them in court.

Documents filed today says he denies all the accusations and ‘hereby demands a trial by jury on all causes of action asserted in the complaint’.

The duke submitted 11 reasons why the case should be dismissed, including that Ms Giuffre’s claims are ‘barred by the doctrine of consent’ and by ‘her own wrongful conduct’.

Ms Giuffre, also known as Virginia Roberts, accuses Prince Andrew of sexually assaulting her in three different locations between 2000 and 2002.

The alleged locations are the London home of disgraced British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein’s New York mansion and Epstein’s private island, Little St James.

Judge Lewis A Kaplan previously denied the duke’s application to dismiss the case.

He has consistently denied the accusations and is not facing criminal action either in the UK or US.

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