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Prince Andrew could be forced to give evidence if he dodges Virginia Roberts’ rape claims, says Epstein victims’ lawyer

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PRINCE Andrew could be forced to give evidence if he continues to “dodge and duck” Virginia Roberts’ rape claims, the lawyer representing Jeffrey Epstein’s victims has stated.

Speaking on a BBC Radio 4 present this morning, lawyer Lisa Bloom stated {that a} UK courtroom could get entangled if the Duke of York refuses to be questioned willingly.

Lisa Bloom represents the victims of paedo financier Jeffrey EpsteinCredit: Getty
Prince Andrew could be forced to give evidence
Prince Andrew could be forced to give evidenceCredit: AP
Virigina Roberts, aged 17, pictured with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell
Virigina Roberts, aged 17, pictured with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine MaxwellCredit: Enterprise

“No one is above the law,” she informed Today. “We have a authorized cooperation settlement between the US and the UK.

“We have a system and a course of and particularly when it comes to sexual assault instances [Ms Roberts is] entitled to her day in courtroom, he’s entitled to current all his defences.

“There are many ordinary cases every day where citizens of the UK are required to answer questions under oath and depositions in US cases and vice versa because we have a friendly agreement between the two countries.”

Under the Hague Evidence Convention, English courts should help US courts to get hold of oral and documentary evidence from a witness who’s a resident in both England or Wales.

Asked who would drive the Prince to sit in a US courtroom to face the allegations, Ms Bloom stated it could be a UK courtroom that might implement it ” just as in my country if a witness is needed for a case in England they are required to cooperate.”

She added: “You have to jump through some hoops, you have to submit some paperwork and affidavits and so forth, but eventually witnesses and people who are sued need to comply.”

It comes after a US choose slammed Prince Andrew’s lawyer for losing time after he argued that the case ought to be dismissed.

The Duke of York’s hotshot Hollywood lawyer branded it “baseless” throughout a 30-minute phone pre-trial listening to on Monday.

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 Epstein launched the Duke and others from “any and all potential liability”.

The choose stated: “You have a reasonably excessive diploma of certainty that he can be served before later.

‘WEEK-LONG DELAY’

“Let’s cut out all the technicalities and get to the substance.”

Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered a week-long delay on proceedings on Monday.

It will permit Virginia Robert’s legal professionals to make any requests to the courtroom for assist serving the lawsuit.

However, Ms Bloom recommended that the case is probably going to go forward regardless of the Prince’s lawyer contesting the lawsuit.

Mr Brettler final evening 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 regulation.

They say a duplicate of the summons was left with police on the gate of Windsor Royal Lodge on August 27.

However, Andrew’s workforce say appropriate process wasn’t adopted – because the papers ought to be served by a British courtroom official.

Manhattan federal courtroom choose Lewis Kaplan tonight gave Ms Robert’s authorized workforce one other week to serve the prince, 61, with the papers.

Ms Roberts claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former pal 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 below US regulation.

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”.

Hollywood-based Andrew B. Brettler attended the hearing yesterday
Hollywood-based Andrew B. Brettler attended the listening to yesterday

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