© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, looks on during Britain's Prince Philip's funeral in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, on April 17, 2021. Chris Jackson / Pool via REUTERS / File Photo
By Jonathan Stempel and Mark Hosenball
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Britain's Prince Andrew was served with a lawsuit from a woman accusing him of sexually abusing and beating her two decades ago when she claims she was also abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to a court file dated Friday .
In an affidavit filed in the US District Court in Manhattan, Cesar Sepulveda, who identified himself as a "corporate investigator / litigation server," said he left a copy of Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit with a police officer serving the Royal on Aug. 27 Guarded lodge in Windsor, England, an estate that Andrew lives in.
London-based Sepulveda said police had told him the day before that they had been instructed not to accept court documents on Andrew's behalf, but on his return he was told that documents would be forwarded to the prince's "legal team".
Police refused to see him or tell Andrew where the prince was, he added.
Andrew spokesmen said Friday that his lawyers had no comment on the matter. A source close to Andrew's legal team said the prince was not served personally.
Andrew, 61, is one of the most prominent people connected to Epstein and was indicted by the Manhattan Attorney's Office in July 2019 for the sexual exploitation of dozens of girls and women.
Epstein, a registered sex offender, killed himself in a Manhattan prison on August 10, 2019, at the age of 66.
In their lawsuit dated August 9, https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/prince-andrew-is-sued-by-jeffrey-epstein-accuser-over-alleged-sexual-abuse-2021-08-09 That year, Giuffre said Andrew forced her to have unwanted intercourse in the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British celebrity and longtime Epstein associate.
She also said Andrew molested her in Epstein's mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and on a private island owned by Epstein in the US Virgin Islands.
In a November 2019 BBC interview, a friend of Epstein's Andrew denied Giuffre's allegations of sexual abuse, saying he couldn't remember meeting her.
"I can absolutely, categorically tell you it never happened," said Andrew.
A first conference is planned for Monday afternoon before the US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan. Maxwell faces a November 29 trial in another Manhattan judge on charges of assisting Epstein's sexual abuse. She pleaded not guilty.
In 2017, Maxwell settled a $ 50 million civil defamation lawsuit against them by Giuffre for an unspecified amount. Maxwell is not a defendant in Giuffre's lawsuit against Andrew.
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