Prince Andrew has requested a jury trial as he formally responds to Virginia Giuffre’s sexual assault trial.
Court documents filed in New York show he has denied all allegations against him and “hereby seeks a trial by jury on all causes of action asserted in the complaint.”
Ms Giuffre accuses the Duke of York of forcing her to have sex more than two decades ago at the London home of a convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell.
Earlier this month, following a US judge’s decision to allow Ms Giuffre’s trial, Buckingham Palace announced that Andrew would have his military titles and patronage abolished and would fight the case as a private individual.
The Duke, 61, is being sued by Ms Giuffre, 38, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, in a civil case. He has always strongly denied all the allegations made against him.
She alleges ‘sexual assault and battery’ at the hands of the Duke on three occasions when she was a teenager and trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, the late disgraced financier, to have sex with Andrew at the age of 17.
In the 11-page document filed today, Andrew’s lawyers set out the Duke’s response to Ms Giuffre’s allegations.
He says he denies the allegation that he sexually abused Ms Giuffre when she was under 18.
The document, submitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, also sets out a series of defenses “without assuming the burden of proof and expressly denying any wrongdoing.”
This includes arguments that the claim should be dismissed because Ms Giuffre is a permanent resident of Australia and that in entering into the 2009 deal with Jeffrey Epstein she “waived the claims now asserted in the complaint”.
The document concludes: “Prince Andrew hereby requests a trial by jury on all causes of action asserted in the complaint.”