Judge slams Prince Andrew’s lawyer for wasting time as Duke’s team brand Virginia Roberts rape lawsuit ‘baseless’
A US choose slammed Prince Andrew’s lawyer for wasting time earlier than giving the Royal a keep of execution final evening to permit extra time to argue over whether or not he was served a bombshell sexual abuse lawsuit.
The Duke of York’s scorching shot Hollywood lawyer argued the case must be dismissed and branded it “baseless” throughout a 30 minute phone pre-trial listening to.
Super-lawyer Andrew Brettler informed the federal courtroom in New York that it was a “non-viable and potentially unlawful” case.
He added he believed a 2009 settlement signed by his accuser with paedo financier Jeffrey Epstein launched the Duke and others from “any and all potential liability”.
The US authorized eagle additionally stated Andrew’s team are talking with the High Court within the UK to find out if the papers have been served.
Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered a week-long delay on proceedings. It will permit Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s legal professionals to make any requests to the courtroom for assist serving the lawsuit.
But he appeared largely unimpressed with the argument made by Andrew’s team and warned them to cease wasting time.
The choose stated: “You have a fairly excessive diploma of certainty that he will be served earlier than later.
“Let’s reduce out all of the technicalities and get to the substance.”
Just hours after it was reported that US legal professionals for Andrew would stonewall tonight’s listening to altogether, Mr Brettler was appointed to the duke’s team in a “very last-minute and 11th-hour” U-turn.
He argued tonight that Andrew was not correctly served with the lawsuit – rendering it null and void.
Ms Robert’s legal professionals insist the royal has been served courtroom papers in accordance with English and worldwide legislation.
They say a duplicate of the summons was left with police on the gate of Windsor Royal Lodge on August 27.
However, Andrew’s team say right process wasn’t adopted – as the papers must be served via a British courtroom official.
Manhattan federal courtroom choose Lewis Kaplan tonight gave Ms Robert’s authorized team one other week to serve the prince, 61, with the papers.
At the listening to, David Boies, for Ms Roberts, informed the courtroom the team served papers “in several ways”, together with delivering it on to Andrew’s last-known deal with.
He added: “We would ask the court to grant an alternative means of service in the interests of moving the lawsuit along.”
Let’s reduce out all of the technicalities and get to substance
Judge Lewis Kaplan
Mr Brettler replied: “We do contest the validity of service.”
He added: “We have important considerations concerning the propriety of this lawsuit that’s been filed.
“We’ve been in correspondence with the High Court in the UK and the High Court in the UK is going to have to determine whether service to date has been affected properly on the Duke.”
And he blasted the declare in opposition to Andrew as “baseless, non-viable and potentially unlawful”.
The choose warned Mr Brettler that the case in opposition to the royal “will be litigated” within the US – no matter a High Court intervention.
It was not clear if Andrew was listening in – however earlier than the listening to started, a person and a girl’s voice talking in an English accent might be heard talking.
ROYAL HIRES STAR LAWYER
In a discover submitted to the courtroom as we speak by the royal’s authorized team, it was revealed that Andrew had employed Mr Brettler to argue his case.
The lawyer attended the pre-trial listening to, which started at 9pm UK time, “for the purpose for contesting purported service of process and challenging jurisdiction.”
Mr Brettler additionally represents actor Armie Hammer, who has been accused of rape.
In addition, he took on numerous circumstances after the #MeToo motion, and has represented Danny Masterson of That 70s Show, singer Ryan Adams and performer Chris Brown.
He is predicated in LA, with an workplace an hour-and-a-half from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Montecito dwelling.
Ms Roberts claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former buddy and convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein to have intercourse with the prince.
At the time of the allegation, she says she was 17 – a minor underneath US legislation.
DUKE AT BALMORAL
Prince Andrew vehemently denies the allegation.
American prosecutors have alleged the prince has been unhelpful of their investigation into the Epstein case.
The district’s former US Attorney Geoffrey Berman had declared in a press release that the royal supplied “zero cooperation”.
Andrew took half in a taking pictures social gathering yesterday – and stays cloistered at the Queen’s non-public 550-acre Balmoral property tonight.
Those invited to the Scottish retreat are thought to have included the Crown Prince of Bahrain, 51, who’s linked to human rights abuses in his dwelling nation.
The Prince acknowledged in a disastrous Newsnight interview in 2019 that he had “no recollection” of assembly Ms Roberts.
He informed Emily Maitlis: “I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened.”
Royal aides are stated to be livid he fled his Windsor dwelling final week and arrived at his mum’s summer season dwelling.
They concern it makes it look to Brits as if the monarch is harbouring him.
A spokesperson for Andrew has refused to remark.
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