Prince Andrew wants to question Virginia Giuffre’s husband and psychologist as witnesses in sexual abuse case

The Duke of York wants to question his accuser’s husband and psychologist as witnesses in his sexual abuse case, as he suggests she is suffering from “false memories,” court documents have revealed.

The Duke’s lawyers have asked to interview Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s husband, Robert Giuffre, under oath about her “alleged childhood trauma and abuse”, her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, her household finances and any communication she has had with him about Prince Andrew and the civil case.

They want to question Dr Judith Lightfoot about Ms Giuffre’s claim to have been under threat of death or bodily harm from Epstein and Maxwell, her “alleged severe emotional distress and psychological harm”, and links between such harm and the alleged conduct of Prince Andrew.

The Duke’s lawyers state in court documents that he vehemently denies Ms Giuffre’s claims that he sexually assaulted her and sexually abused another victim in front of her.

The court documents reveal that the Duke will argue that Ms Giuffre, who claims she was forced to have sex with him on three separate occasions in 2001 when she was 17, “may suffer from false memories”.

In a letter of request for international judicial assistance from the Australian authorities, the Duke’s lawyers state that they need to interview Dr Lightfoot, who is based in Australia, in order to test the truth of Ms Giuffre’s claims to have been under threat of harm from Epstein and Maxwell and to have suffered “alleged severe emotional distress and psychological harm”.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre (left of centre)

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They also want to question Dr Lightfoot about the “causal nexus” or connection, between any harm she may have suffered and the alleged conduct of the Duke.

His lawyers go on to state that the Duke “contends that [Ms Giuffre] may suffer from false memories, as evidenced by the fact that her claims regarding her time with Epstein and the circumstances under which [Prince Andrew] allegedly assaulted her have repeatedly changed over the years.”

They also allege that her decision to waive her right to anonymity and give multiple media interviews about her experiences with Epstein have “contributed to any purported emotional distress and invasion of privacy she claims to have suffered”.

The Duke’s lawyers have asked to see all of Dr Lightfoot’s medical notes on Ms Giuffre, her prescriptions and invoices.

The Duke’s lawyers say they intend to also use evidence given in Maxwell’s recent sex trafficking trial about Ms Giuffre’s alleged criminal conduct. It was claimed at the trial that she helped recruit girls for Epstein.

In documents submitted to Judge Lewis Kaplan, Prince Andrew’s lawyers state that Mr Giuffre met Virginia Roberts in Thailand in around 2002, “when she was attending a massage training course and recruiting one or more women to perform sexual acts for Jeffrey Epstein, who funded the trip”.

They add: “Mr Giuffre has relevant information regarding [Virginia Giuffre’s] domicile since 2002, her relationship with Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, [Giuffre’s] role in recruiting underage girls for Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking scheme and [Giuffre’s] allegations against [Prince Andrew].”

The Duke claims in his defence that Ms Giuffre alleges she was trafficked by Epstein to various high-profile individuals “in an effort to deflect from her own participation in Epstein’s sex-trafficking scheme, including by recruiting young women (including at least one 14-year-old girl) to become sexual partners for Epstein”.

They go on to state that Mr Giuffre, who is also based in Australia, has supported wife’s campaigns on behalf of victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking and is “likely to have information” about her non-profit organsiations Victims Refuse Silence and Speak Out Act Reclaim.

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