Prince Andrew’s Effort to Block Sex-Abuse Lawsuit Hits Setback

LONDON—A court in the U.K. agreed to formally notify Prince Andrew of a lawsuit by a woman who alleges she was sexually abused by the British royal, potentially paving the way for Queen Elizabeth’s son to provide a formal response to the accusations.

Virginia Giuffre, who previously accused the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse, sued Prince Andrew in federal court in New York, saying Mr. Epstein and an associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, coerced her into having sex with the prince in the early 2000s. At the time, she was under 18 years old, the lawsuit says.

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