Sexual abuse lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre in Manhattan is likely to go to trial by jury, US legal experts say

Judge Lewis Kaplan’s Wednesday ruling also means that the embattled royal will remain embroiled in lengthy – and embarrassing – legal proceedings for the foreseeable future.

“This is a huge development because it clears probably the biggest legal hurdle Virginia Giuffre and her team had to get her case to a jury,” said Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Giuffre, now 38, has long alleged that she was coerced into sex with the Duke of York at the age of 17 by two of his associates – the disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. Andrew’s lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Kaplan’s decision.

Andrew denies the allegations. His legal team asked Kaplan to throw out Giuffre’s suit on several grounds.

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