Lawyers for the woman accusing Prince Andrew of sexual assault have requested permission to interview two potential witnesses in the UK.
One is a woman who is said to have seen the King ‘with a young girl’ at London’s Tramp nightclub, while the other is a former aide to the Prince whose name appeared in convicted sex offender Jeffrey’s ‘black book’ Epstein, according to the court’s request. .
Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers wrote to Judge Lewis Kaplan, who rejected Prince Andrew’s bid to have the sexual assault lawsuit against him thrown out earlier this week.
The application seeks testimony from Shukri Walker, who “claims to have seen Prince Andrew at Tramp Nightclub in London”.
The letter says Ms Walker allegedly saw Andrew ‘with a young girl around the time the plaintiff claims Prince Andrew abused her in London after visiting the Tramp nightclub’.
It continues: ‘Because Prince Andrew denied ever meeting the Claimant or being at Tramp Nightclub during the relevant period, Ms Walker’s evidence is highly relevant.’
A second attachment asks for the testimony of Robert Olney, who is said to be the prince’s former squire or assistant.
It says: “The applicant has reason to believe that Mr. Olney has relevant information about Prince Andrew’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein because Mr. Olney’s name appears in publicly available copies of Prince Andrew’s telephone directory. ‘Epstein (or “Black Book”).”
In both cases, Ms Giuffre’s lawyers are “seeking permission from the Senior Master of the Royal Courts of London” to proceed with a “deposition” – sworn testimony out of court.
Letters later appeared from Judge Kaplan showing he had complied.
Previously there was calls on Prince Andrew to lose his police protection and his duchy as he awaits a civil trial, charged with sexual assault.
after the queen withdrawn his military titles and royal patronages, Labor MP for York Central Rachael Maskell tweeted that it was “untenable” for him to “hold on to his title one more day”.
Prince Charles was approached by Sky News in Scotland but the heir to the throne declined to comment.
Prince Andrew has strenuously denied the allegations made against him.