Prince Andrew’s lawyers may argue Virginia Giuffre consented to sex when she was minor; but it can backfire

Prince Andrew has vehemently denied sexually abusing Virginia Giuffre or even having any recollection of meeting her through convicted paedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. However, his lawyers are reportedly considering the argument that the British royal had the consent of his accuser when he had sex with her when she was a minor, a plan which legal experts believe would backfire.

New York-based legal experts said that a legal argument by Andrew’s lawyers to dismiss Giuffre’s lawsuit on the basis of “consent” is “dangerous” and “cruel” and would not be accepted in front of a jury. This comes after the royal recently filed a document to the court demanding a “trial by jury” in the case filed against him in New York five months ago.

In the legal document, which marked his first submission in the case, the Duke of York issued 41 denials and said a further 40 times that he “lacks sufficient information to admit or deny” the respective claims. He also submitted 11 defences calling for the case to be dismissed, including one that said Giuffre’s claims should be barred by “her own wrongful conduct” and “unclean hands.”