Prince Andrew’s lawyer can be served lawsuit papers: judge

The New York judge overseeing the bombshell sex-assault lawsuit against Prince Andrew has ruled that court papers can be served on his US attorney — whether the in-hiding royal likes it or not.

District Judge Lewis Kaplan filed an order Thursday, the same day that a lawyer for Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, blasted the 61-year-old duke for playing a “game of a hide and seek behind palace walls.”

Kaplan said his order was being made because the “parties hotly dispute whether the defendant already has been duly served with the summons and complaint.”

Lawyers for Andrew — who Kaplan said “reportedly” is ninth in line to the throne — have fought against alternative ways of serving the royal, who recently has been staying with his mom, Queen Elizabeth II, at her Scottish estate, Balmoral.

However, the judge ruled that there is no legal reason against the docs being delivered to Andrew’s Los Angeles-based attorney, Andrew Brettler, who previously represented Armie Hammer against rape allegations

“Service on the defendant’s United States counsel is reasonably calculated to bring the papers served to the defendant’s attention, regardless of whether his US counsel is ‘authorized’ to accept service on his behalf,” Kaplan ruled.

His order noted how Giuffre has alleged that Andrew abused her “on multiple occasions when she was under the age of 18.” Her lawsuit said she was forced to have sex with him on the orders of late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his accused madam, Ghislaine Maxwell.

Giuffre’s complaint says Andrew’s “actions constitute sexual offenses” including first- and third-degree rape.

He has vehemently denied her accusations — including during a disastrous TV interview that got him booted from royal duties — and Brettler on Monday called the lawsuit “baseless, non-viable and potentially unlawful.”

Epstein hanged himself in his Manhattan lockup in August 2019 while awaiting trial on serious sex charges. Maxwell is in custody in Brooklyn awaiting trial for allegedly abusing underage girls and recruiting them for Epstein. She has pleaded not guilty.



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Prince Andrew’s lawyers claim sex assault papers not properly filed

Lawyers for Prince Andrew are working overtime — to avoid going to court.

They may boycott Monday’s court hearing involving sex assault accusations by Virginia Giuffre, 33, because they say the papers weren’t served “properly,” according to reports Saturday.

A London private investigator, Cesar Sepulveda, confirmed in a Manhattan Federal Court filing he brought the papers to Andrew at his Royal Lodge home at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 27, despite being thwarted in his attempts to serve the prince personally.

And the prince’s lawyer, Gary Bloxsome, is pushing to get the entire case tossed on a technicality, arguing a document Roberts signed in 2009 may render her legal action invalid.

Giuffre’s lawsuit claims she was “forced to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will” at the behest of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell.

“Prince Andrew’s actions constitute sexual offenses” including first- and third-degree rape, Giuffre charges in court papers, citing New York penal code, under which rape includes with someone “by forcible compulsion.”

This is Virginia Roberts-Giuffre’s civil complaint filed at a New York court in August 2021 against Prince Andrew in which she alleges she was forced to have sex three times with the royal when she was underage by pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Epstein’s alleged “madam”, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Lawyers may boycott Monday’s court hearing involving sex assault accusations by Virginia Giuffre (right) because they say the papers weren’t served properly.
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Giuffre claims she suffered “substantial damages” from “extreme emotional distress, humiliation, fear, psychological trauma, loss of dignity and self-esteem, and invasion of her privacy.”



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Prince Andrew served court papers in sex-assault lawsuit

Prince Andrew has finally been served court papers over his sex accuser’s lawsuit — after his police guards and security were initially ordered not to accept them, according to court papers filed Friday.

Cesar Sepulveda filed an affidavit in the Manhattan federal lawsuit brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre confirming that he had served the papers to Andrew at his Royal Lodge home at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 27.

He detailed how he had been repeatedly rebuffed in previous attempts to hand over the documents in which Queen Elizabeth II’s 61-year-old son is accused of first-degree rape tied to late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s sex ring.

Sepulveda said the day before the papers were successfully served, he had been told to wait at Andrew’s main gates, where police officers — including Andrew’s head of security — repeatedly claimed they could not reach anyone inside.

The server said he was then told that “the security there had been instructed not to allow anyone attending there for the purpose of serving court papers onto the grounds of the property and at the time they had been told not to accept service of any court process.”

He was “also advised at that time that anything left there would not be forwarded” to the prince.

Prince Andrew was served the papers at his Royal Lodge home.
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“It appeared from the attendance that the security staff had already been primed not to allow anyone access onto the property to serve court process and had been instructed not to accept any service,” his affidavit said.

He then left messages with Andrew’s attorney, but “no communication was received” in response, he said, forcing him to return to Royal Lodge the next day.

This time, the officer at the gate contacted Andrew’s head of security, who assured Sepulveda that he could leave the papers and they would be forwarded to the Duke of York’s legal team.

Sepulveda asked if it was “possible to meet personally” with Andrew to serve him directly, but “was told that this was not possible,” his affidavit said.

However, leaving it with the police officer “is consistent with the provisions for service,” the affidavit noted, stating that Andrew was officially served the complaint and exhibits.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, center, who says she was trafficked by sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, holds a news conference outside a Manhattan court in 2019.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, holds a news conference outside a Manhattan court in 2019.
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He also left documents alerting him that the first hearing, a telephone conference from New York, is scheduled for Monday, the papers stated.

Giuffre’s lawsuit claims she was “forced to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will” at the behest of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell.

“Prince Andrew’s actions constitute sexual offenses” including first- and third-degree rape, the lawsuit alleges, citing New York penal code, under which rape includes with someone “by forcible compulsion.”

Giuffre claims she suffered “substantial damages” from “extreme emotional distress, humiliation, fear, psychological trauma, loss of dignity and self-esteem, and invasion of her privacy.”

“I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” Giuffre told The Post in a statement after filing her lawsuit.

“The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions,” she said.

“I did not come to this decision lightly. As a mother and a wife, my family comes first — and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates — but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down,” she said.

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, looks on during the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age of 99, on the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021.
Cesar Sepulveda served the papers to Prince Andrew at the end of August.
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Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, including during a BBC interview in which he insisted he had “no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

Neither he, his legal team nor Buckingham Palace has responded to the lawsuit.

Epstein hanged himself in his Manhattan lockup in August 2019 while awaiting trial on serious sex charges.

Maxwell is in custody in Brooklyn awaiting trial for allegedly recruiting underage girls for Epstein. She has pleaded not guilty.



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Prince Andrew avoids legal papers by fleeing to Queen in Balmoral

Prince Andrew has reportedly avoided “multiple attempts” to serve him legal papers on behalf of his sex-assault accuser — and has bolted 500 miles to the safety of mom Queen Elizabeth II’s Scottish getaway, just days before the first hearing.

Lawyers for Virginia Roberts Giuffre — who is suing Andrew in New York — had already conceded that it would be “difficult” to serve the 61-year-old royal in person.

The scandal-scarred royal has since been a recluse at his home in the Royal Lodge in Windsor — where security guards have turned away lawyers trying to serve the US court papers, according to the Sun.

After avoiding “multiple attempts” in the past two weeks, Andrew on Tuesday bolted for an even safer location — his mother the monarch’s Scottish estate, Balmoral, the paper noted.

He was photographed in a car with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, as the pair drove from their shared home to the Queen’s 50,000-acre (78-square-mile) estate, where they had been earlier in the summer, the outlet said.

The photographs show them arriving in the same Range Rover they left Windsor in — suggesting they were driven the more than 500-mile journey, which would typically take at least 9 hours, rather than risking catching a flight.

Prince Andrew drives near the Queen’s Balmoral Estate in Scotland.
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Virginia Giuffre alleges that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her after being trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17 and is now suing him.
Virginia Giuffre alleges that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her after she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17, and is now suing the royal.
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Prince Andrew is seen behind the wheel near the Queen's Balmoral Estate in Scotland.
Prince Andrew is seen behind the wheel near the Queen’s Balmoral Estate in Scotland.
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He fled after “going stir-crazy inside Royal Lodge for the past few weeks,” a source told the paper.

“He wasn’t going horse riding and couldn’t step outside because of attempts to serve him with the legal papers.

“He knows he is far safer up at Balmoral on the Queen’s estate,” the source said, noting Andrew has long been thought to be “the Queen’s favorite son.”

Virginia Roberts-Giuffre (center) claims that Andrew (left) forced her to have sex with him three times.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre (center) claims that Andrew (left) forced her to have sex with him three times.
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Prince Andrew and his ex-wife were seen fleeing Windsor after several US lawyers tried to serve him legal documents.
Prince Andrew and his ex-wife were seen fleeing Windsor after several US lawyers tried to serve him legal documents.
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Andrew has reportedly sought refuge with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at her Balmoral Estate in Scotland.
Andrew has reportedly sought refuge with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at her Balmoral estate in Scotland.
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British sources indicate that Andrew had stayed with the Queen earlier this summer.
British sources indicate that Andrew had stayed with the Queen earlier this summer.
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The trip comes before the first hearing is scheduled in Giuffre’s lawsuit on Monday. It is set to be a telephone conference, and it is not immediately clear if either Andrew or his accuser are expected to join.

Giuffre’s lawsuit claims she was “forced to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will” at the behest of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell.

“Prince Andrew’s actions constitute sexual offenses” including first- and third-degree rape, the lawsuit alleges, citing New York penal code, under which rape includes with someone “by forcible compulsion.”

The Duchess of York arrives at Balmoral Castle.
The Duchess of York arrives at Balmoral Castle.
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.Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, including during a BBC interview in which he insisted he had “no recollection of ever meeting this ladyAndrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, including during a BBC interview in which he insisted he had “no recollection of ever meeting this lady.
Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, including during a BBC interview in which he insisted he had “no recollection” of ever meeting her.
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The first day of hearings is scheduled for September 13, 2021. It is unknown if Andrew will be there.
The first day of hearings is scheduled for September 13, 2021. It is unknown if Andrew will attend.
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Giuffre claims she suffered “substantial damages” from “extreme emotional distress, humiliation, fear, psychological trauma, loss of dignity and self-esteem, and invasion of her privacy.”

Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, including during a BBC interview in which he insisted he had “no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

Neither he, his legal team nor Buckingham Palace has responded to the lawsuit.

Epstein hanged himself in his Manhattan lockup in August 2019 while awaiting trial on serious sex charges.

Maxwell is in custody in Brooklyn awaiting trial for allegedly recruiting underage girls for Epstein. She has pleaded not guilty.



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Taliban Blocking Americans From Leaving Afghanistan Because They Lack Proper Papers: Blinken

The Taliban is blocking Americans from leaving Afghanistan because the U.S. citizens don’t have proper credentials, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed on Tuesday.

A top Republican in Congress said Sunday that the Taliban was blocking Americans from leaving an airport in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.

Six planes were being prevented from leaving the facility, House Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said, adding that the Taliban was holding Americans “hostage for demands.”

Marina LeGree, executive director of Ascend, a nonprofit that works in Afghanistan, told AFP that 600-plus Afghans, in addition to 19 Americans, were being prevented from leaving the airport in question.

Blinken acknowledged “a relatively small number of Americans” are trying to leave Mazar-i-Sharif with their families. But he appeared to pin the blame on the Americans, suggesting they lacked proper documents, even as he admitted the State Department cannot verify manifests or documents because the United States no longer has a presence in the Taliban-held country.

“One of the challenges has been that, as we understand it, there are groups of people who are grouped together, some of whom have the appropriate travel documents—an American passport, a green card, a visa—and others do not. And it’s my understanding that the Taliban has not denied exit to anyone holding a valid document. But they have said that those without valid documents at this point can’t leave,” he told reporters in Qatar.

“But because all of these people are grouped together that’s meant that flights have not been allowed to go,” he added. “We are not aware of anyone being held on an aircraft or any hostage-like situation. So we have to work through the different requirements. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

U.S. officials engaged with Taliban officials in the hours leading up to Blinken’s remarks and were assured that the terrorist group is still committed to letting Americans who have the proper documents leave.

“They’ve said that they will let people with travel documents freely depart. We will hold them to that,” Blinken said.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani hold a joint news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Doha, Qatar on Sept. 7, 2021. (Olivier Douliery/Pool via Reuters)

The Taliban took over Afghanistan from a U.S.-backed government in mid-August. The United States openly cooperated with the group for 17 days as they held the airport in Kabul and evacuated over 120,000 people from the country, primarily Afghan nationals.

When U.S. troops withdrew on Aug. 30, between 100 and 200 Americans were left behind, breaking a promise that President Joe Biden made to get every American out who wanted to leave.

Approximately 100 Americans remain in Afghanistan, Blinken said, and State Department officials are in direct contact “with virtually all of them.”

Biden administration officials have attempted to portray those who couldn’t get out before U.S. troops withdrew as dual nationals who were torn between leaving and staying, a narrative undercut by the dozens of U.S. primary school students who couldn’t escape before the withdrawal.

Some outside estimates have pegged the number of Americans stranded in Afghanistan as high as 500. Republicans have pressed the administration to provide the full number, but officials have declined because they say the figure is constantly fluctuating as more people leave and some who already left confirm their departures with the State Department.

The agency took credit for the evacuation of the family that exited the country via a land route, but Cory Mills, who said he organized the rescue effort, told Fox News that agency officials did little to help the four people who were able to make it out.

“This is an attempt to save face by the administration for the Americans they left behind,” he said.

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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.



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Papers, Please! COVID Vax Mandate Not Enough: Big Tech Pushes Employees to Provide Vax Proof: Report

Big Tech tyranny knows no bounds. Big Tech companies have gone so far as to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for their employees, but now apparently even that isn’t enough. Some of those employees are being required to show proof.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Lyft, Uber and Twitter all now require employees to submit proof that they’re vaccinated before coming to the office,” according to Protocol. The update in policy came after several Big Tech companies took steps to force employees to get vaccinations against COVID-19 just a month ago. Proof of vaccination was not initially required. In fact, “out of the four companies that had told Protocol they were requiring vaccines (Adobe, VMware, Twilio and Asana), only one — Asana — was requiring proof.”

The tech industry has seen at least 11 companies require vaccination for returning to work, according to a “living calendar” put out by Protocol. Companies requiring mandatory vaccination against COVID-19, according to Protocol, include: Adobe, Airtable, Asana, Google, Twilio, Pure Storage, Facebook, Microsoft, Uber and Lyft.

Tyrannical Big Tech mandates fall right in line with national leadership, as the Biden administration had reportedly considered the idea of “vaccine passports” but ultimately left verifying vaccination against COVID-19 to “the private sector and local governments, in part because of political sensitivities,” noted AP News. “Still, while more severe measures — such as mandating vaccines for interstate travel or changing how the federal government reimburses treatment for those who are unvaccinated and become ill with COVID-19 — have been discussed, the administration worried that they would be too polarizing at this time.”

Even still, the move to not only mandate vaccinations for COVID-19 but to require proof is unsurprising for Big Tech. Given the enormous amount of censorship the industry has employed against what the social media oligarchs consider to be misinformation, this latest move is par for the course. 

Big Tech has been out in force, censoring Americans for even questioning a liberal narrative on nearly anything from COVID-19’s origins to mask or vaccine efficacy. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter silenced local government meetings and officials at least 15 times over roughly the last four months. Among those censored, YouTube removed at least four school board meetings for allegedly violating the platform’s “COVID-19 medical misinformation policy.” Facebook censored a Media Research Center post after so-called fact-checker PolitiFact rated it both “Partly False” and “FALSE” in the same absurd fact-check. The image in the censored post was a graphic first released by the Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 hospitalizations. YouTube also appeared to remove a video of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). The senator said, “Apparently because I dared to contradict Dr. Fauci and the government YouTube removed my video.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the CensorTrack contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.



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NYC Entrance Papers Will Require Vaccination Plus An ID

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that more than proof of vaccination will be required to go to restaurants, gyms, museums, and other indoor venues — an ID will be required as well.

“And it’s easy, all you have to do is show proof of vaccination — that could be a CDC paper card, that could be an Excelsior Pass, an NYC COVID Safe app, whatever works,” de Blasio said in an announcement. “All you got to do is show that proof and have ID as well, and it’s straightforward.”

The mayor announced his “Key to NYC” vaccine mandate earlier this month, which requires indoor dining, entertainment, and fitness businesses to “check the vaccination status of all staff and customers 12 and older.” De Blasio did not clarify how 12-year-old children and other minors will be able to obtain a valid photo ID.

The mandate creates a major gap between black and white residents’ ability to enjoy basic freedoms of assembly: only 42 percent of black NYC residents have at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to 57 percent of white residents. Thirty-eight percent of black residents are fully vaccinated, while 53 percent of white residents are fully vaccinated.

People have continued to take to social media to call out de Blasio for hypocrisy, given that Democrats have strongly opposed strong voter-ID laws. For instance, according to the far-left American Civil Liberties Union, requiring photo ID affects “disproportionately low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, and people with disabilities” who have a harder time obtaining photo ID.

New York is not the only state to implement vaccine passports or ID requirements during the coronavirus. Other major cities, such as New Orleans and San Francisco, have put forth similar mandates. States including Oregon are considering similar restrictions on people’s ability to travel and obtain groceries.

Maggie Hroncich is an intern at The Federalist and a student at Hillsdale College.





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Prince Andrew to be served court papers in person: Lawyer

Prince Andrew will be served court papers “in person” even though that process could take weeks, said the lead attorney for sexual assault accuser Virginia Giuffre.

New York attorney David Boies admitted that serving the royal will be “difficult” as he would have to serve him before the beginning of a three-week deadline before the start of the civil case in Manhattan federal court next month.

“We present him with a copy of the complaint in a formal way,” said Boies, an attorney in an interview with The Telegraph Friday. “Because he is a foreign citizen, we have to do this under the Hague Convention.”

Prince Andrew, 61, is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting Giuffre, beginning in 2001 when she was 17 years old. He has vigorously denied the claims.

Giuffre was allegedly trafficked by convicted pedophile and financier Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in a Manhattan lock up in August 2019.

Attorney David Boies admitted that serving the royal will be “difficult.”
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The first hearing in the Giuffre case is set for September 13.



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