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US Canada high school named after Prince Andrew will rename

22:16  21 january  2022
22:16  21 january  2022 Source:   cnn.com

Giuffre's Prince Andrew suit goes ahead despite Epstein deal

  Giuffre's Prince Andrew suit goes ahead despite Epstein deal NEW YORK (AP) — A judge gave the green light Wednesday to a lawsuit by an American woman who says Britain's Prince Andrew sexually abused her when she was 17. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan wrote in an opinion that Andrew’s lawyers failed to successfully challenge the constitutionality of Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit. Giuffre sued the prince in August, saying she was coerced into sexual encounters with Andrew in 2001 by Epstein and his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Virginia Giuffre speaks during a news conference outside a Manhattan court in New York, Aug. 27, 2019.

The Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, will be renamed as the sex abuse civil case against the British royal continues moving forward in the United States, school officials say.

A sign in front of the Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth on January 14, 2022. © meanderingemu/Alamy A sign in front of the Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth on January 14, 2022.

"We are changing the name to move in a different direction due to the negative reports about Prince Andrew," school principal Craig Campbell told CNN in an email. "We hope to build our identity as a positive, supportive school community with a name to match."

Local residents will have a chance to submit name suggestions to a six-person renaming committee that includes students, staff and community members. The top three names will then be recommended to the Halifax Regional Centre for Education, which will have final approval.

Prince Andrew Court Blow Is Key Step in 'Heroic' Quest for Justice—Accuser's Lawyer

  Prince Andrew Court Blow Is Key Step in 'Heroic' Quest for Justice—Accuser's Lawyer Prince Andrew's failure to get Virginia Giuffre's sex abuse lawsuit thrown out has been described by her attorney as a vital moment in her "determined pursuit of justice."Virginia Giuffre alleges that she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001, when she was 17 years old.

The school's decision follows a ruling from a New York judge earlier this month that a civil lawsuit against Prince Andrew may move forward.

The 61-year-old royal is being sued by Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she was trafficked by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and forced to perform sex acts with the prince at the age of 17. Prince Andrew has vigorously denied those claims.

The allegations against the prince have tarnished his public standing and prompted other members of the royal family to distance themselves from the Duke of York.

Most recently, Prince Andrew was stripped of his honorary military titles and charities. A royal source confirmed to CNN's Max Foster Prince Andrew will also no longer use the style "His Royal Highness" in any official capacity.

The Canadian school joins a lengthy list of institutions that have decided to remove ties to controversial namesakes in recent years.

Across the United States, school boards and districts have opted to find new names for schools named after Confederate leaders or other public figures -- such as actor Bill Cosby, who saw his name removed from buildings, workshops and a professorship as a criminal trial against him unfolded.

Prince Andrew's Trial by Jury Is a Colossal Gamble .
Prince Andrew had demanded a jury trial in his New York sexual abuse civil lawsuit, leaving his fate in the hands of 12 members of the public.The Duke of York is planning to fight allegations he raped a 17-year-old Jeffrey Epstein trafficking victim in a civil lawsuit in New York.

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