Prince Andrew has been served at his home in home in Windsor
Prince Andrew has finally been served in the sexual assault lawsuit brought against him by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
An affidavit of service was served to the Duke of York at Royal Lodge (his Windsor home) on Aug. 27, a new court document obtained by the Daily Mail and filed on Friday states.
According to a document filed on Friday, an affidavit of service was served at the Duke of York’s home in Windsor, England on August 27.
An agent working on behalf of Virginia Roberts, who claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, handed them over to police officers at the property.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s legal team’s bombshell claim comes after they say they had to try at least five different ways of serving papers on the elusive duke.
Virginia Roberts Lead Lawyer Mr Boies said: “A policeman took the court papers and said he would give them to him (Andrew). We certainly didn’t expect that!”
Lawyers for Virginia also emailed the lawsuit to Prince Andrew’s UK lawyers and US attorney Blair Berk – who formerly represented pervert producer Harvey Weinstein.
The agent had tried the day before but was rebuffed and told that staff had been ‘primed’ not to accept any documents, the court papers state.
When the agent returned the next day, the police officers at the gate of Royal Lodge, Andrew’s official residence, changed their mind and allowed him to leave the paperwork.
Roberts, an alleged victim of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, claims she was forced to have sex with the royal in Epstein’s New York mansion when she was 17 – under the age of consent in the US.
Service of the papers starts the clock ticking for Andrew to respond or face a default judgement.
Normally defendants have 21 days to respond but a judge may extend that given that the Duke is not in the US.
The development comes ahead of the first hearing in the case which is set for Monday when Andrew’s lawyers could identify themselves for the first time.
Roberts last month accused Andrew in a federal court in New York of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The lawsuit claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times on the orders of late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew has long denied the allegations and has not been charged with any crime.