Prince Andrew WON’T send lawyers to sex assault case tomorrow and will swerve the hearing

PRINCE Andrew is to swerve a hearing in his sex assault civil case tomorrow by having no representatives taking part.

His US lawyers will not be joining the phone conference with his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s team, as they continue to stone-wall the case.

The duke’s UK-based legal team has never intended to participate.

His accuser’s lawyers insist he has been served court papers in accordance with English and international law.

They say a copy of the summons was emailed to Royal Household staff and his lawyers were informed by email and post.

However, Gary Bloxsome, the duke’s lawyer, claimed correct procedure was not followed and that the papers should be served through a British court official.

At the hearing tomorrow, Manhattan federal court judge Lewis Kaplan will ask Ms Giuffre’s legal team to detail their efforts to serve Andrew, 61, with the papers.

It comes as her legal team at Boies Schiller Flexner, led by David Boies, brought in two more lawyers — Andrew Villacastin and rising star Sabina Mariella.

It now has four lawyers poring over the case, while Andrew has yet to assign one brief to it.

Mr Boies warmed up for his courtroom showdown by going to the men’s final of the US Open tennis in New York.

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