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Prince Andrew accepts legal papers in sex assault lawsuit

Prince Andrew: Royal commentator discusses court case

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She claims she was forced to ­have sex with the duke at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, the ex-­girlfriend of the late Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew has strenuously denied all the allegations, as has Maxwell in a separate legal case. Lawyers for both the duke, 61, and Virginia, 37, jointly agreed that the papers were served to him as of September 21 – according to a filing with the US District Court in Manhattan, New York, yesterday.

The prince has until October 29 to respond to the lawsuit.

A source said he is looking to reject the case “point by point, claim by claim” in an effort to clear his name because he “retains every confidence in his legal team and their strategy”.

It comes after US judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that the decision to send court papers to Andrew’s lawyer was acceptable. He told the prince’s US attorney Andrew B. Brettler: “Let’s cut out all the technicalities and get to the substance.”

For one person to sue another in a civil case, the claimant has to formally present legal papers to the other party to notify them of the action – also known as a service of process.

The dispute over the technicality began when the duke’s lawyer claimed the legal papers had not been properly served in the UK, when left with a policeman at the gate of his Windsor mansion.

Giuffre’s attorney David Boies said it was a “game of hide and seek behind palace walls”.

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