A U.S. judge on Wednesday said Britain’s Prince Andrew should be prepared for a civil trial late next year on accusations that he sexually abused a woman when she was under 18 and also being abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan said he anticipated a trial on Virginia Giuffre’s civil claims would begin between September and December 2022, provided that a jury could be accommodated safely amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I will look at the possibility of September, but in any case October through December as being the target here,” Kaplan said in phone conference with Andrew’s and Giuffre’s lawyers.
Giuffre, 38, sued Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, for unspecified damages in August.
She said Andrew forced her to have sex at the London home of longtime Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and abused her at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and on one of Epstein’s private islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands.