The first court hearing in the civil lawsuit filed in New York against Prince Andrew by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre has been scheduled for mid-September.
Manhattan federal court Judge Lewis Kaplan set the telephone conference for Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.
In the order, Kaplan wrote that Giuffre’s attorneys should be prepared to discuss the status of serving Prince Andrew with the suit — unless he has retained a lawyer and responded to the complaint by that point.
It’s unclear if Andrew and Giuffre and will be required to be on the call.
Giuffre sued the Duke of York earlier this week, claiming she was abused by the prince at least three times when she was 17 years old.
The abuse took place at Epstein’s palatial Upper East Side mansion, his private Caribbean island and in a London apartment owned by accused madame Ghislaine Maxwell, the suit claims.
In each instance, Giuffre claims she was ordered by Maxwell and Epstein to engage in sex acts with the prince, a longtime associate of the pair. She also “feared death” if she disobeyed their orders, according to the suit.
During the abuse in New York, another victim was also assaulted by Andrew, according to the suit.
“During this encounter, Maxwell forced Plaintiff, a child, and another victim to sit on Prince Andrew’s lap as Prince Andrew touched her. During his visit to New York, Prince Andrew forced Plaintiff to engage in sex acts against her will,” the suit states.
Andrew has not commented on the suit but has long denied any wrongdoing.
Maxwell is awaiting trial in the Southern District of New York on a host of sex crime charges for allegedly procuring underage girls for Epstein to abuse in the early 2000s and in the 1990s.
She’s pleaded not guilty and her trial is set for fall.
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