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Judge Denies Prince Andrew’s Motion to Dismiss Virginia Giuffre Lawsuit

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UPDATE: A judge has denied Prince Andrew‘s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought forth by Virginia Giuffre

“Ms. Giuffre’s complaint is neither ‘unintelligible’ nor ‘vague’ nor ‘ambiguous,” U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan for the Southern District of New York said on Jan. 12. “It alleges discrete incidents of sexual abuse in particular circumstances at three identifiable locations. It identifies to whom it attributes that sexual abuse.”

After the decision was made, Giuffre’s attorney David Boies issued a statement to E! News. “Ms. Giuffre is, of course, pleased that Prince Andrew’s motion to avoid a trial has been denied, and that evidence will now be taken concerning her claims,” Boies said. “She looks forward to a judicial determination of the merits of those claims.”

In August, Giuffre filed a lawsuit against Prince Andrew and accused him of committing battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She alleged that late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and others trafficked her to Prince Andrew and that the royal sexually abused her when she was under 18. Prince Andrew has denied the allegations.

E! News has reached out to his attorney for comment but has yet to hear back. Buckingham Palace also told The Associated Press it would not be commenting on the “ongoing legal matter.”

Virginia Giuffre has filed a new lawsuit against Prince Andrew.

On Monday, Aug. 9, the 38 year old filed a lawsuit against the 61-year-old British royal at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in which she seeks damages for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

According to the documents obtained by E! News, she accuses the Duke of York of sexually abusing her on three separate occasions, claiming he knew that she was being trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and his associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, who in December 2021 was recently found guilty of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking of minors. 

Additionally, the lawsuit states Prince Andrew knew she was under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged encounters, which allegedly took place in London, New York and on Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as Epstein and Maxwell disclosed this information in “communications” between them and the prince. The documents read, “Twenty years ago Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account.”

According to the documents, Prince Andrew’s alleged sexual and physical abuse of Giuffre caused “significant emotional and psychological distress and harm.”

The lawsuit alleges Giuffre was “compelled” to engage in sexual acts with the prince as she “feared death or physical injury” would occur if she didn’t obey Prince Andrew, Epstein or Maxwell. 

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Giuffre said in a statement to E! News, “Today my attorney filed suit against Prince Andrew for sexual abuse under the Child Victims Act. As the suit lays out in detail, I was trafficked to him and sexually abused by him.”

“I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me. The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions. I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to reclaim one’s life by speaking out and demanding justice,” she continued. “I did not come to this decision lightly. As a mother and a wife, my family comes first – and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates – but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down.”

E! News reached out to representatives of Prince Andrew for comment but did not hear back.

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Prince Andrew previously denied Giuffre’s sexual assault allegations in a 2019 BBC interview, in which he said he doesn’t remember meeting a then-17-year-old Giuffre, who has previously discussed the allegations in court and for documentaries. The royal claimed that on the night of the alleged encounter, he was home with daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice after going out for pizza earlier in the day.

Prince Andrew also said that an alleged photo of himself with Giuffre might’ve been altered, as he has “absolutely no memory of that photograph ever being taken.” He added that Giuffre’s multiple allegations of sexual abuse “couldn’t have happened,” because he wasn’t at the locations on the dates suggested by Giuffre.

And in an August 2019 statement, the Duke said he saw Epstein “infrequently,” stating, “At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.”

While Prince Andrew insists he’s innocent of any wrongdoing, federal prosecutors have repeatedly stated that they wish to talk to him as part of their investigation into Epstein and Maxwell. In January 2020, federal prosecutors even issued a public statement requesting the royal’s participation, saying in part, “If Prince Andrew is, in fact, serious about cooperating with the ongoing federal investigation, our doors remain open, and we await word of when we should expect him.”

The Department of Justice’s public statement followed the Prince’s decision to step back from royal duties in November 2019, when the Duke of York was facing considerable backlash. “It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support,” he wrote in a statement. “Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.”

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He added that he continues to “unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.”

Epstein committed suicide in his New York jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting sex trafficking charges.

(This article was previously published August 9, 2021 at 6:33 p.m. PST).

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Why Fans Are Convinced Pete Davidson Snapped Kim Kardashian’s Latest Bikini Shots

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Kim Kardashian & Pete Davidson Get COZY on Date Night

Nothing says amore like getting all your right angles.

 

At least that what’s fans think when it comes to Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson, all thanks to one of her latest bikini pics. Kim had her Instagram followers buzzing on Jan. 17 when she posted three photos of herself frolicking alongside a beach in her two-piece swimsuit, captioning the series of snaps, “Mother Nature.”

 

But it was the third photo itself that seem to catch everyone’s attention since there was a noticeable shadow in the photo behind the lens, and for fans—that could only be one person.

 

“The shadow is Pete, we all agree right,” one person wrote. Another added, “Tell Pete to not get a shadow next time.” A third follower commented, “Not me zooming on the shadow of the photographer to see if it was Pete.”

 

All small social media investigations aside, the assumption of boyfriend-turned-photographer wouldn’t be that far-fetched considering the budding romance between the two seems to be going pretty strong.

Ever since the couple confirmed their relationship last November, there have been several low-key dates between Kim and Pete. Not to mention, the couple took their date nights beyond their local spots, most recently jet-setting for a getaway in the Bahamas—where he likely could’ve snapped those bikini pics.

However, the relationship between the SNL star and the SKIMS founder goes beyond palm tree and pictures, with a source telling E! News in early January that “Kim and Pete are getting very serious,” adding that Kim is “smitten and the relationship is very exciting to her.”

 

As for whose shadow that was for sure? Well, social media seems to be keeping up with the clues. 

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Jamie Lynn Spears glosses over Dan Schneider scandal in her memoir

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January 18, 2022 | 8:00am

Jamie Lynn Spears heaps praise on “Zoey 101” creator Dan Schneider in her new memoir but fails to acknowledge the allegations of misconduct that have been leveled against him.

When Spears, 30, first mentions Schneider, 56, in “Things I Should Have Said,” she credits him as the person who “recognized [her] talent” and “was the driving force” behind her landing the starring role on the Nickelodeon dramedy.

“The show attracted some of the best professionals in the business. The creator and director, Dan Schneider, was exacting and insisted on professionalism,” she writes.

Spears then applauds Schneider, who infamously had a habit of tweeting photos of young actress’ feet, for knowing “how to get just what he needed from a rambunctious group of teens who thought that they were all that.”

But any mention of the embattled showrunner ends there.

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Schneider was once an unstoppable force at Nickelodeon, creating children’s sitcoms including “The Amanda Show,” “Drake & Josh,” “iCarly” and “Victorious.”

But in March 2018, the network abruptly cut ties with the producer so he could “pursue other opportunities and projects.” Page Six broke the news at the time that he walked away with a $7 million payout.

Deadline reported soon after that “for years Schneider had been under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows,” while the New York Times revealed in June 2021 that an internal investigation at Nickelodeon had found Schneider was verbally abusive toward co-workers. (The review found no evidence of sexual misconduct.)

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Schneider is the sole recipient of the Kids’ Choice Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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Schneider denied to the Times that he had ever acted inappropriately at work, saying in part, “I couldn’t and I wouldn’t have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many reputable people if I’d mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors.”

He also insisted that his photos and videos of kids’ feet were “totally innocent.”

Schneider was most recently credited as the creator of Paramount+’s “iCarly” revival, which premiered in June 2021, though he had no creative involvement.

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Jodie Sweetin is engaged to Mescal Wasilewski after 4 years

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January 18, 2022 | 7:49am

She said “yes” — for the fifth time.

Jodie Sweetin announced on Instagram Monday that she is engaged to Mescal Wasilewski after four years of dating.

The “Fuller House” alum quoted famed author Maya Angelou before leaving fans with a romantic caption of her own.

“I love you Mescal, for always,” Sweetin wrote. “You’re my person. I can’t wait to see the life that lies ahead for us.”

Sweetin’s photo included a close-up look at her marquis-style engagement ring, which Wasilewski gave to her two days before her 40th birthday.

“Here’s to us, @ghostfacelito and our life of adventures. Together,” she continued. “I think I’m really gonna like turning 40 ❤️❤️❤️💍.”

Wasilewski shared the same photo on his Instagram and added, “So that happened…”

Sweetin has been married three times. Her first marriage to Shaun Holguin lasted four years, from 2002 to 2006. The “Finding Santa” star then married Cody Herpin in 2007. The former couple, who split in 2010, share daughter Zoie, 13.

She shares daughter Beatrix, 11, with ex-husband Morty Coyle, to whom she was married from 2012 to 2016.

The “Love Under the Rainbow” actress then became engaged to Justin Hodak in 2016, but the two never made it to the altar.

Sweetin’s engagement comes just over a week after her “Full House” co-star Bob Saget died unexpectedly at age 65. The cast released a joint statement in the aftermath, saying they were grieving “as a family.”

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Wasilewski popped the question just days before Sweetin’s 40th birthday.
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“Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family,” they said in the statement released on Instagram last week.

“Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob.”

The statement was signed by stars Sweetin, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Andrea Barber, Scott Weinger, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, as well as series creator Jeff Franklin. 

More than 100 stars turned out to remember the late comic at his funeral.

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