In her lawsuit, Ms. Giuffre, 38, claimed that Andrew sexually abused her at Mr. Epstein’s mansion in New York and on Mr. Epstein’s private island, Little St. James, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Ms. Giuffre also said in the suit that Andrew, along with Mr. Epstein and Ms. Maxwell, forced her to have sexual intercourse with the prince in Ms. Maxwell’s home in London.
Mr. Epstein, 66, who was arrested in July 2019, was found dead by hanging a month later in his jail cell in Manhattan; the death was ruled a suicide. Federal prosecutors have accused him of recruiting dozens of underage girls to engage in sex acts with him at his Manhattan mansion and his Palm Beach estate, and paying them hundreds of dollars in cash afterward.
Ms. Maxwell, who was arrested in July 2020, faces trial in November on charges that she helped Mr. Epstein recruit, groom and sexually abuse underage girls. In one case, she has been charged with sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl.
Andrew has not been charged with any crimes.
Mr. Brettler, the prince’s U.S.-based lawyer, argued on Monday before a federal judge in Manhattan that his client had not been properly served with legal papers in Britain and that Ms. Giuffre’s lawsuit might in any case be invalid under the terms of an earlier confidential settlement that they said she had reached with Jeffrey Epstein.
“We have significant concerns about the propriety of this lawsuit,” Mr. Brettler told Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of Federal District Court in Manhattan.
Judge Kaplan, however, said there was “a pretty high degree of certainty that he can be served sooner or later” and suggested the parties move on to the substance of the case.
Mark Landler reported from London, and Benjamin Weiser from New York. Susan C. Beachy contributed research.