Hearing in Prince Andrew Assault Case Set for January

Hearing in Prince Andrew Assault Case Set for January

(ReliableNews.org) – Prince Andrew has been under fire for allegations he raped a woman while he was friends with now-deceased billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Virginia Giuffre, one of the women Epstein allegedly trafficked, sued the British royal earlier this year. Now, a judge has set a court date in the case.

New York District Judge Lewis Kaplan set January 4, 2022, as the court date for a hearing to address whether to grant Prince Andrew’s request for a dismissal.

Giuffre filed a complaint in Manhattan federal court accusing the royal of assaulting her when she was a minor. She claims it took place in Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home more than 20 years ago. Maxwell will undergo trial later this month for charges related to human trafficking. The British socialite stands accused of aiding Epstein in trafficking underage girls to wealthy older men like Andrew.

If he doesn’t dismiss the case in January, Kaplan said he would aim to hold the trial anywhere from October through December 2022.

Andrew has denied the allegations against him. British police opened a case into the accusations earlier this year but subsequently closed the probe without bringing any charges against Queen Elizabeth’s second son.

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