“I appreciate the arguments and the passion. You’ll have the decision pretty soon,” Judge Kaplan told lawyers. The judge directed that the exchange of potential evidence in the case was to proceed as scheduled.

A New York judge today scoffed at a claim by Britain’s Prince Andrew that he’s immune from a  lawsuit alleging that two decades ago he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old American who was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, AP reports.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan did not immediately rule at the end of a video conference, but he made clear that he was not leaning Andrew’s way as he rejected much of the reasoning offered by the prince’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, who said the case “should absolutely be dismissed.”

“I appreciate the arguments and the passion. You’ll have the decision pretty soon,” Kaplan told lawyers. The judge directed that the exchange of potential evidence in the case was to proceed as scheduled.

The oral arguments followed written submissions made weeks ago in the case brought by Virginia Giuffre, a woman who alleged in her August lawsuit that the prince sexually assaulted her multiple times in 2001 after she was introduced to him by financier Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

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