According to a court filing, American Virginia Giuffre has served a sex abuse lawsuit on Prince Andrew of the United Kingdom.
Giuffre accused Andrew, 61, the Duke of York and Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, of rape and sexual assault while she was a minor. The civil case, which was filed last month, is linked to the alleged sex network of disgraced and deceased businessman Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew was served with the lawsuit in the United Kingdom on Aug. 27, according to an affidavit filed in court on Friday.
According to the affidavit, process server Cesar Augusto Sepulveda deposited lawsuit documents with a police officer on duty at the main gates of the Royal Lodge in Windsor, which is owned by Prince Andrew, who assured him they “will be handed on to the Legal Team.”
Sepulveda added that he asked to see Prince Andrew in person, but the police officer told him that was not possible, and the “service” was still in according with civil procedure rules in Britain.
The affidavit also said that Sepulveda tried to serve Prince Andrew the lawsuit the prior day but a police officer told him that “security there had been instructed not to allow anyone,” on the grounds there to serve the prince with the suit or accept service on his behalf.
Giuffre made public allegations in 2015 that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, an Epstein confidante and Prince Andrew’s buddy, recruited her and other juvenile girls to be sexually assaulted by Epstein, and that the two then gave her to Prince Andrew.
Giuffre’s charges have been refuted by Prince Andrew.
Maxwell is set to stand trial in federal court in Manhattan in November on claims that she recruited minor girls to be molested by Epstein. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Maxwell is currently being jailed without bail in a Brooklyn jail.
Epstein committed suicide in jail in 2019 while facing sex trafficking allegations.