PRINCE Andrew could possibly be pressured to provide proof if he continues to “dodge and duck” Virginia Roberts’ rape claims, the lawyer representing Jeffrey Epstein’s victims has stated.

Talking on a BBC Radio four present this morning, lawyer Lisa Bloom stated {that a} UK court docket may become involved if the Duke of York refuses to be questioned willingly.

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Lisa Bloom represents the victims of paedo financier Jeffrey Epstein[/caption]

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Virigina Roberts, aged 17, pictured with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell[/caption]

“Nobody is above the regulation,” she advised Right now. “We have now a authorized cooperation settlement between the US and the UK.

“We have now a system and a course of and particularly in terms of sexual assault circumstances [Ms Roberts is] entitled to her day in court docket, he’s entitled to current all his defences.

“There are various peculiar circumstances daily the place residents of the UK are required to reply questions underneath oath and depositions in US circumstances and vice versa as a result of we now have a pleasant settlement between the 2 nations.”


Below the Hague Proof Conference, English courts should help US courts to acquire oral and documentary proof from a witness who’s a resident in both England or Wales.

Requested who would power the Prince to take a seat in a US court docket to face the allegations, Ms Bloom stated it might be a UK court docket that will implement it ” simply as in my nation if a witness is required for a case in England they’re required to cooperate.”

She added: “You need to leap by way of some hoops, you need to submit some paperwork and affidavits and so forth, however ultimately witnesses and people who find themselves sued have to comply.”

It comes after a US decide slammed Prince Andrew’s lawyer for losing time after he argued that the case needs to be dismissed.

The Duke of York’s hotshot Hollywood lawyer branded it “baseless” throughout a 30-minute phone pre-trial listening to on Monday.

Tremendous-lawyer Andrew Brettler advised the federal court docket in New York that it was a “non-viable and probably illegal” case.

He added he believed a 2009 settlement signed by his accuser with paedo Epstein launched the Duke and others from “any and all potential legal responsibility”.

The decide stated: “You’ve got a reasonably excessive diploma of certainty that he will be served prior to later.

‘WEEK-LONG DELAY’

“Let’s reduce out all of the technicalities and get to the substance.”

Choose Lewis Kaplan ordered a week-long delay on proceedings on Monday.

It is going to permit Virginia Robert’s legal professionals to make any requests to the court docket for assist serving the lawsuit.

Nevertheless, Ms Bloom steered that the case is prone to go forward regardless of the Prince’s lawyer contesting the lawsuit.

Mr Brettler final evening that Andrew was not correctly served with the lawsuit – rendering it null and void.

Ms Robert’s legal professionals insist the royal has been served court docket papers in accordance with English and worldwide regulation.

They are saying a replica of the summons was left with police on the gate of Windsor Royal Lodge on August 27.

Nevertheless, Andrew’s workforce say appropriate process wasn’t adopted – because the papers needs to be served by way of a British court docket official.

Manhattan federal court docket decide Lewis Kaplan tonight gave Ms Robert’s authorized workforce one other week to serve the prince, 61, with the papers.

Ms Roberts claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former buddy and convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein to have intercourse with the prince.

On the time of the allegation, she says she was 17 – a minor underneath US regulation.

Prince Andrew vehemently denies the allegation.

American prosecutors have alleged the prince has been unhelpful of their investigation into the Epstein case.

The district’s former US Legal professional Geoffrey Berman had declared in a press release that the royal supplied “zero cooperation”.

Hollywood-based Andrew B. Brettler attended the hearing today
Hollywood-based Andrew B. Brettler attended the listening to yesterday