Prince Andrew’s reputation is “tattered,” and legal experts said he could face a criminal investigation in the United States if a civil lawsuit filed by Virginia Jufre opposed him. Me..
Ms. Giffre accused the Duke of York of sexually assaulting her at the age of 17. She is currently seeking damages in a civil lawsuit filed through a court in New York. The Duke denied the claim, and on Monday his lawyer Andrew Brettler argued that the royal family could not be properly “served” and challenged whether a proceeding could be filed, but Giffre. His team refused this.
Nick Goldstone, Head of Dispute Resolution at International Law Firm Ince, acknowledged that Prince Andrew was fully involved in the current civil proceedings and served him properly, with court jurisdiction and a jury. He said he could be ordered if he determined that he was responsible. Pay Ms Guiffre damages in excess of millions of dollars.
“I think the world is your oyster. There are American juries. When it comes to indemnifying them in a case they get attention to, they usually don’t make sense, so the plaintiff wins and Prince Andrew wins the witness box. If it doesn’t work, it can be in the millions of dollars, “Goldstone said.
He added that the ruling against Prince Andrew could make him interested in US criminal investigations related to the accusation if he was ordered to pay a large amount of damages.
“As a stepping stone to the outcome, the criminal investigation is more interested in his alleged activity and to track him for the alleged crime-it is the worst possible outcome, for him, and for him. Will be prosecuted for alleged crimes, “Goldstone said.
However, Ms. Juffle’s allegations have been raised under the New York Child Victims Act (CVA), so he said there was no legal basis to uphold the court’s decision in the United Kingdom.
“From an international enforcement perspective, there are no mutual or similar laws in the CVAs of England and Wales, and as a matter of public policy, it is clear that British courts are unaware of the default judgment entered against defendants. The prospect is that the defendant has not succumbed to the jurisdiction of the courts in New York, “said Goldstone.
However, he added that in the case of criminal cases in the United States involving Prince Andrew, those proceedings could be granted in British courts.
“In a criminal context, he may be summoned by criminal authorities. In a civil context, he cannot be subpoenaed or handed over, but in a criminal context he may be summoned. Yes, of course, he is a member of the royal family, and I say it may be because the establishment of Britain may close the ranks. “
He added, “I would have thought that Prince Andrew would be at risk if a criminal procedure was carried out that could be subject to an extradition warrant or a request from the U.S. prosecutor’s office.” I added.
Despite the outcome of the civil proceedings, Prince Andrew’s reputation was “tattered,” and the accusations made him fight for public life, Goldstone said.