HARROGATE, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Prince Andrew, Duke of York visits the showground on the final day of the 161st Great Yorkshire Show on July 11, 2019 in Harrogate, England. Organiser's of the show this year have revealed that overall entries for the three-day show are higher than in any previous years. The Great Yorkshire Show is England's premier agricultural event and is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The YAS support and promotes the farming industry through health care, business, education and funding scientific research into rural affairs. First held in 1838 the show brings together agricultural displays, livestock events, farming demonstrations, food, dairy and produce stands as well as equestrian events. The popular agricultural show is held over three days and celebrates the farming and agricultural community and their way of life. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
What we know about Prince Andrew's civil sexual assault case (September, 2021)
02:09 - Source: CNN
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A US judge has set a deadline of mid-July next year for Prince Andrew to answer questions under oath in the civil sex assault case against him.

According to a US court document dated October 25, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan set July 14 as the deadline for the submission of all evidence including a potential deposition from the Duke of York.

The scheduling order signed by the judge in New York means that lawyers for Virginia Roberts Giuffre must question Andrew outside of court and submit the interview by that date.

Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second-oldest son, stands accused of sexual assault by Giuffre, who is suing the prince in New York.

Giuffre, an alleged victim of sex offender and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, alleged she was forced to perform sex acts with Andrew. She said she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with his friends, including the Duke of York, when she was underage.

Giuffre says that the assaults happened in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands, that Andrew was aware that she was a minor (17) when it started, and that she had been trafficked by Epstein.

Andrew, 61, has consistently denied the claims, telling the BBC in 2019: “It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Police Service decided to drop its investigation sparked by the case, after reviewing a number of court documents, including those released in August. The Duke of York was served legal papers for the lawsuit by Giuffre’s lawyers in September.

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