Prince Andrew makes ‘unprecedented’ request for all
witness testimony in sex abuse case to be kept secret
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, has made an “unprecedented” request for all witness testimony taken in his sexual abuse case to be kept secret, it has emerged. The Duke wants depositions, including his own, to remain under seal, even if neither party declares the evidence confidential. The request was made in a letter submitted to court as part of a fresh attempt to get the civil proceedings thrown out.
Lawyers for the Duke’s accuser, Virginia Giuffre, said there was “no logic or authority for such a provision.” The revelation was made in a letter from Sigrid McCawley, for Giuffre, to Andrew Brettler, the Duke’s lead counsel, dated Dec 24. It was lodged with the court on Tuesday as part of a fresh attempt to get the civil case thrown out.
Brettler has asked a judge to halt proceedings, claiming that Giuffre was not a U.S. resident and did not live in Colorado, as her lawsuit suggested. Instead, he said she lived with her husband and three children in Perth, Australia, and was therefore unable to make the claim under federal court law
Giuffre, now 38, has alleged she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three separate occasions in 2001, when she was 17. She is seeking unspecified damages.
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