U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan set a deadline for completing depositions in a Monday scheduling order accepted by lawyers for Andrew and Virginia Giuffre, his accuser.
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Giuffre, 38, said the Duke of York forced her to have sex about two decades ago at the London home of late financier Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime partner Ghislaine Maxwell.
She also accused Andrew of abusing her at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion and on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.
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Andrew, 61, has not been charged with any crime and has “categorically” denied Giuffre’s allegations.
Her legal team is expected to review a 2009 settlement agreement between Giuffre and Epstein, which she also accused of abuse, to determine whether it was protecting their client from Giuffre’s trial.
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Andrew has an Oct. 29 deadline to formally respond to Giuffre’s lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.
A judicial conference is scheduled for November 3 and Giuffre has until December 15 to modify her complaint if she wishes.
Epstein, a registered sex offender, committed suicide in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.
Maxwell faces a scheduled November 29 trial in Manhattan on charges of helping recruit and prepare underage girls for Epstein to abuse Epstein. She pleaded not guilty. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel; Editing by Sandra Maler)