Prince Andrew attorney served with sexual assault lawsuit

Prince Andrew was served with legal papers in a civil sexual assault case against him when the senior British royal's US-based lawyer was sent the suit by FedEx and email on Monday, court papers show.

Prince Andrew attorney served with sexual assault lawsuit

Prince Andrew was served with legal papers in a civil sexual assault case against him when the senior British royal's US-based lawyer was sent the suit by FedEx and email on Monday, court papers show.

The US court documents, seen by CNN, show the legal papers were delivered to the duke's lawyer, Andrew B. Brettler, at the law firm of Lavely and Singer in Los Angeles on Monday morning at 9:22 a.m. local time.

The court document also shows legal papers being delivered to the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday.

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

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 the late sex offender Jeffrey 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."

Brettler, his lawyer, has called the case "baseless, non-viable (and) potentially unlawful."

Andrew's team had previously said that he had not been properly served notice of proceedings, despite Giuffre's legal team saying papers were served at the prince's home in Windsor, England.

His lawyers also say a 2009 settlement between Giuffre and Epstein released the duke from "any and all liability," though that settlement was and remains sealed.

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Virginia Roberts Giuffre interview with BBC Panorama

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Last week, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan approved a request from Giuffre's legal team to seek alternative means of serving a lawsuit against Andrew.

Kaplan, approving the request Thursday evening, said that "service of the defendant's United States counsel is reasonably calculated to bring the papers served to the defendant's attention, regardless of whether his US counsel is 'authorised' to accept service on his behalf."

One of Giuffre's lawyers, David Boies, told CNN on Tuesday that "we are pleased that the service issue is now behind us and that we can proceed to a resolution of Ms. Giuffre's claims."

Andrew's legal team said they would not comment when asked by CNN.

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Woman and two kids killed in NSW Central Coast crash

The woman was driving the vehicle with five children on board on Wisemans Ferry Road, Central Mangrove, about 10pm on Tuesday.

Woman and two kids killed in NSW Central Coast crash

A woman and two children have died in a crash on the New South Wales Central Coast.

The woman was driving the vehicle with five children on board on Wisemans Ferry Road, Central Mangrove, about 10pm on Tuesday, NSW Police said.

As it approached Nurses Road, the vehicle left the roadway and crashed down an embankment.

The woman and two of the children, aged two and eight, died at the scene.

Police said another motorist may have hit one of the children who was on the road.

The man, who was travelling on Wisemans Ferry Road shortly after the crash, has been taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

NSW Ambulance Chief Superintendent Brent Armitage said it was impossible to describe the scene faced by paramedics and first responders.

"This was an absolutely horrendous scene for everyone involved," he said.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of these victims.

"It's a tragic loss of life.

"There is no way to put into words what paramedics and first responders were faced with when arriving on scene."

The three surviving children were treated at the scene and airlifted to John Hunter Hospital, where they remain in stable conditions.

Police have established a crime scene and commenced inquiries.

Officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit are also on scene and will conduct a full investigation, NSW Police said.

Wisemans Ferry Road, near Nurses Road, will remain closed for some time with local diversions in place.

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