Prince Andrew ‘demands jury trial’ as he denies all sexual assault claims

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Prince Andrew has demanded a trial by jury as he makes an official response to Virginia Giuffre's sexual assault civil lawsuit.

The Duke of York seeks to defend the civil sex case brought by Ms Giuffre, according a legal document filed in the US.

The court documents filed in New York today show state that Andrew has denied all of the allegations against him and "hereby demands a trial by jury on all causes of action asserted in the complaint".

Andrew says the lawsuit should be dismissed as he believes the New York court “lacks subject matter jurisdiction” due to his accuser Ms Giuffre being “a permanent resident of Australia and not a domiciliary of Colorado”.

Ms Giuffre accuses the Duke of York, of sexual assault on three occasions more than two decades ago at the London home of convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell and at paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein’s New York mansion and Epstein’s private island, Little St James, allegations which he vehemently denies.

The Duke of York has also denied that he was 'close friends' with socialite and Epstein's partner in crime Maxwell, who was last month found guilty of five counts of child sex trafficking and faces up to 65 years in prison.

In an 11 page document, lawyers for Andrew set out the duke's response to Ms Giuffre's allegations.

It says he denies the allegation that he sexually abused Ms Giuffre when she was under 18 years of age.

The document, submitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, also sets out a series of defences "without assuming the burden of proof, and expressly denying any and all wrongdoing".

This includes arguments that the claim should be dismissed because Ms Giuffre is a permanent resident of Australia and that by entering into the 2009 agreement with Epstein she "waived the claims now asserted in the complaint".

The document concludes: "Prince Andrew hereby demands a trial by jury on all causes of action asserted in the Complaint."

Andrew's legal team had previously tried to get the case thrown out but Judge Lewis A Kaplan previously denied the duke’s application to dismiss the case.

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Buckingham Palace announced Andrew, 61, would have his military titles and patronages removed earlier this month.

The decision was agreed and approved by the Queen and means Andrew will fight the case as a private individual.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "With the Queen's approval and agreement, the Duke of York's military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.

"The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."

Andrew will no longer use his HRH title in any official capacity.

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