Via America’s Lawyer: Prince Andrew faces a lawsuit alleging he sexually abused Virginia Roberts Giuffre on multiple occasions, including at the late Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion in New York. RT correspondent Brigida Santos joins Mike Papantonio to explain how the British monarchy is handling the allegations.


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Mike Papantonio:             Britain’s prince Andrew is reportedly worried about a civil lawsuit filed against him in, by New York, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, accusing him of sexually abusing her when she was a child at various locations, including Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion. Brigida Santos joins me now to give us the details. Brigida, what’s the latest with the civil lawsuit going on?

Brigida Santos:                   Prince Andrew Duke of York has formally been served with a sexual assault civil lawsuit filed by his accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Now she alleges that the 61 year old Royal sexually abused her on several occasions at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansions and other locations while she was a minor. While the prince did not personally accept the lawsuit on Monday, his Los Angeles based lawyer received the lawsuit by email and FedEx. Now last week, the lawsuit was also reportedly left with a police officer on duty at the Royal lodge in Windsor, England occupied by prince Andrew who had been hiding out. The process server was told that the matter then would be forwarded to the Royal legal team. But that team has said that they don’t believe the legal papers from Giuffre’s lawyers were successfully served. Well, they have now as of this week and the prince’s strategy of hiding from process servers is backfiring, further damaging the institution of the monarchy and just adding to the impression that prince Andrew is hiding something.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah, he’s a punk just like Epstein, but he’s a prince punk. So I guess he’s getting protection from the queen or herself. What’s going to happen if the prince doesn’t cooperate with the civil case?

Brigida Santos:                   If the prince doesn’t respond within 21 days, he will likely have a default judgment entered against him. But lawyers say the lawsuit is unlikely to result in the prince paying any financial penalties. And of course he has not been charged with any crimes. Instead, any monetary figure would be symbolic and damaging to the monarchies already bruised reputation. Of course, it’s possible that queen Elizabeth’s second son will quietly settle with Giuffre, but he denies all allegations. So settling wouldn’t exactly be good for his reputation either.

Mike Papantonio:             Well, it’s not exactly a great reputation to begin with. But he’s, he’s counting on that free pass that he gets from being a Royal, that immunity that he gets from a Royal, he doesn’t have to come out of his pocket. Somebody might, but it’s going to be the people in the UK, not the royal family. Ghislaine Maxwell’s also mentioned in that lawsuit. What’s the latest on that British socialite? Last time I heard, she was complaining about the food in prison. What’s your take on what’s happening there right now?

Brigida Santos:                   Yeah, Jeffrey Epstein’s long-time associate Ghislaine Maxwell is currently being held at the metropolitan detention center in Brooklyn, New York. She was arrested last year on multiple charges related to the serial sexual abuse of female children and young women by Jeffrey Epstein. In August, a judge rejected her bid to dismiss trafficking, sex trafficking charges filed against her, and now federal prosecutors have just been ordered to disclose the identities of any unnamed co-conspirators who will be mentioned at the trial. The government must also disclose all the co-conspirator statements that it plans to use at trial by October 11th. Maxwell is slated to face two separate trials. The first is scheduled for this November over allegations that she lured underage victims for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse. After that, a second trial will take place over allegations that Maxwell lied under oath in a civil case filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

Mike Papantonio:             Talk about celebrity LA LA land. She’s complaining about the food, she doesn’t like the clothes and her room is uncomfortable. So, so as I watch this develop, you know, at some point, this woman’s going to tell the whole truth and a lot of people who are not in the spotlight right now are going to be in the spotlight. The latest I hear, a lot of it has to do with right where you are up around LA area, where there’s going to be a lot of new names mentioned. Anyway, thank you for joining me. Okay.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.