In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Prince Andrew claimed he can’t sweat – which is usually caused by an ailment called local anhydrosis
Prince Andrew’s rape accuser wants the royal to prove his claim he cannot sweat demanding he provides medical proof.
Virginia Giuffre also is insisting he supply evidence he was at a Pizza Express on the night she claims she was made to sleep with him by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell – an allegation Andrew has always denied.
During his car crash BBC Newsnight interview, the Duke of York famously said her allegations against him could not be true after she told how he perspired “profusely”.
Giuffre has claimed that when she was allegedly made to have sex with Andrew by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in London, they had all visited the Tramp nightclub beforehand.
Describing being with the Duke, Giuffre told BBC Panorama: “He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life.
“I mean, it was horrible, and this guy was sweating all over me like his sweat was like it was raining basically everywhere, I was just like grossed out from it, but I knew I had to keep him happy because that’s what Jeffrey and Ghislaine would have expected from me.”
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When quizzed about her allegations by BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, Andrew, 61, said her claims were impossible.
He said he had a condition that was brought on by an intensely traumatic event he experienced during the 1982 Falklands War, in which he served as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot.
The Prince told Maitlis: “There’s a slight problem with the sweating because I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don’t sweat or I didn’t sweat at the time. Yes, I didn’t sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenalin in the Falklands War when I was shot at, and I simply . . . it was almost impossible for me to sweat.”
The rare condition to which he referred is called anhydrosis, the inability to sweat. It is typically inherited, while it can be caused by physical skin damage and certain drugs, including morphine.
People can suffer local anhydrosis – affecting a portion of their skin – or it can mean they cannot sweat at all.
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But now Giuffre has challenged him to prove his claims asking for proof.
Her lawyers requested “all documents concerning your alleged medical condition of anhidrosis, hypohidrosis, or your inability to sweat”.
The Duke’s US attorney Andrew Brettler responded, writing: “The Defendant objects to this request on the grounds that it is harassing and seeks confidential and private information and documents that are irrelevant, immaterial and not reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence.”
He added “no such documents exist in his possession, custody or control” and that a “diligent search and a reasonable inquiry have been made in an effort to comply with this demand”.
Responding to any information regarding Andrew’s visit to Pizza Express in Woking, Mr Brettler wrote: “Defendant is unable to comply with Request No. 4(f) because no such documents exist in his possession, custody or control. A diligent search and a reasonable inquiry have been made in an effort to comply with this demand.”
Giuffre’s lawyers said in a filing to the court that: “based on his discovery responses, Prince Andrew has apparently already determined that he has no documents that would be responsive to the majority of Plaintiff’s requests.
“If Prince Andrew truly has no documents concerning his communications with Maxwell or Epstein, his travel to Florida, New York, or various locations in London, his alleged medical inability to sweat, or anything that would support the alibis he gave during his BBC interview, then continuing with discovery will not be burdensome to him at all.”
In August, Giuffre, 38, sued father-of-two Andrew in New York, saying she was made to have sex with him at Maxwell’s London home.
She also claims Andrew had sex with her at the billionaire’s homes in Manhattan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
She is seeking unspecified damages experts say could run to £14 million.
Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, has “unequivocally” denied Giuffre’s claims and accused her of seeking “another payday” in her drive to profit from her association with Epstein, who she says also abused her.
His lawyers are scheduled to argue for a dismissal of Giuffre’s lawsuit on Tuesday, before U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan.