Did Prince Andrew Hire ‘The Rotweiller’? Duke of York assembles ‘dream team’ of powerful US lawyers to outlaw Virginia Giuffre’s sexual abuse claims
- A well-known source said Prince Andrew is assembling ‘big’ lawyers
- They added that there is ‘a lot of confidence’ that the civil suit will be thrown
- Virginia Giuffre planned to see the Duke in New York court to present her claims
Prince Andrew has assembled a ‘dream team’ of powerful US lawyers and is ‘confident’ that the civil case against him for rape and sexual assault will be thrown out of court.
A source familiar with the legal team appointed by the Duke of York to challenge a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by prosecutor Virginia Roberts — to be heard for the first time tomorrow — told The Mail on Sunday night: The Prince’s British team has slowly but surely assembled a team of highly skilled lawyers from big names to fight in the US on his behalf.
“People will be surprised by the names of those who will defend him. It’s a dream team of some of the sharpest minds in the business. Everyone, including Andrew, is very confident that the civil suit will be dropped before it ever goes to court.”
The MoS first revealed that Ms. Roberts – now known as Virginia Giuffre – planned to sue the Duke in a New York court, alleging she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17 and was still a minor under New York law.
Prince Andrew has assembled a ‘dream team’ of powerful US lawyers and feels ‘confidence’ that the civil case against him for rape and sexual assault will be thrown out of court
The lawsuit, filed last month and less than 24 hours after our exclusive story, alleges that the prince “raped and sexually assaulted and assaulted” Mrs Roberts, now 38.
She is demanding unspecified damages that could run into the millions of dollars. Prince Andrew has repeatedly and vehemently denied all claims against him and any wrongdoing.
The Duke’s legal team in the United States reportedly includes Blair Berk, a powerful Los Angeles attorney whose previous clients have included Harvey Weinstein, Britney Spears, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mel Gibson.
Blair is one of the best in the business. She is nicknamed The Rottweiler,” said a lawyer who worked with her.
“She takes no prisoners. If anyone can clear Andrew’s name and fix this mess, it’s her.’
Intriguingly, Mrs. Roberts’ attorney, David Boies, attempted to provide a copy of the civil suit against Mrs. Berk.
A source familiar with the legal team appointed by the Duke of York to challenge a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by prosecutor Virginia Roberts — to be heard for the first time tomorrow — told The Mail on Sunday night: “The Prince’s British team has slowly but surely assembled a team of highly skilled big-name lawyers to fight in the US on his behalf.”
The paperwork filed in New York on Friday included a response from her that she was “not authorized” to accept the documents. She did not respond to questions yesterday about whether she was representing the prince.
It is “unlikely” that he will have lawyers representing him tomorrow, when a New York judge will hear from Mrs. Roberts’ attorneys, who will set out the civil case against him and attempt to provide “evidence” that they will be filing the lawsuit against him. Andrew in the UK successfully.
The source said: ‘The other side is very good at collecting headlines, but in the end it comes down to the law. The prince’s legal team has no intention of validating this frivolous lawsuit by attending Monday’s hearing. They’re confident they can get the Virginia lawsuit dismissed.”
One of the possible reasons for the dismissal may be a 2009 agreement Ms. Roberts signed with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein in which she allegedly agreed not to sue any of his friends, associates or employees in exchange for a financial settlement.
Epstein committed suicide in a New York prison cell in 2019 after being charged with multiple child sex offenses.
Pictured: Singer Cee Lo Green pictured with attorney Blair Berk
The source added: ‘The Epstein deal may well be enough to cover Prince Andrew and put the matter on hold’ [out].’
On Friday, a source close to the Duke of York said his British lawyer Gary Bloxsome felt “very cool” about tomorrow’s hearing, adding: “I very much expect we won’t see the Duke’s lawyers represented at Monday’s hearing. No one will want to go to court to initiate proceedings.”
However, Mrs Roberts’ lawyers believe they can convince the judge that the papers have been successfully served on the Duke, which will set the clock ticking for Andrew’s team within 21 days to respond or he will be sentenced in absentia. . .