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Prince Andrew to demand jury trial in Virginia Giuffre sexual assault case

Prince Andrew will demand a jury trial in the Virginia Giuffre sexual assault case, his lawyers announced on Wednesday.

Ms Giuffre is suing the Duke of York in a civil case in New York alleging she was forced to have sex with him on three occasions when she was 17 years old.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

In a letter to Judge Lewis Kaplan on Wednesday, Andrew’s attorney Andrew Brettler set out a detailed response to Ms Giuffre’s allegations that she was trafficked by the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and directed to have sex with the royal.

He denied many allegations contained in Ms Giuffre’s complaint, elsewhere saying he lacked “sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations”.

Mr Brettler sets out more than 10 “affirmative defences” in the letter, which refer to evidence the royal will use to try to disprove the case.

Among them are the “doctrine of unclean hands”, which claims Ms Giuffre has acted unethically in relation to the charges she has brought.

At the conclusion to the letter, Mr Brettler states: “Prince Andrew hereby demands a trial by jury on all causes of action asserted in the Complaint.”

Andrew, 61, had fought to have the lawsuit thrown out on the grounds that he was shielded by a 2009 settlement deal between Epstein and Ms Giuffre.

Earlier this month Judge Kaplan dismissed denied the motion after hearing oral arguments from his lawyers.

After the decision, Andrew was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages by the Queen. In a statement, Buckingham Palace announced he would face the lawsuit as a “private citizen”.

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