Prince Andrew’s legal professionals to overview settlement settlement they declare will finish Virginia Giuffre intercourse assault lawsuit
Prince Andrew’s legal professionals have been given permission to overview a 2009 settlement they consider will finish Virginia Giuffre’s sexual assault lawsuit towards him.
US District Decide Loretta Preska agreed that Andrew’s authorized group may obtain a duplicate of the settlement made between Ms Giuffre and the late intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Ms Giuffre has sued Andrew in New York and accused him of sexually abusing her when she was a 17-year-old minor.
Prince Andrew has not been charged with any crime and has strongly denied the allegations made towards him.
Epstein’s property had agreed to let Andrew’s legal professionals have a look at the settlement, however the choose’s approval on Wednesday was additionally required.
Andrew’s layer, Andrew Brettler, had argued at a earlier listening to that Ms Giuffre’s “settlement settlement” with Epstein would finish the lawsuit towards the Queen’s second son.
“There was a settlement settlement that the plaintiff has entered into in a previous motion that releases the duke and others from any and all potential legal responsibility,” mentioned Mr Brettler on the case’s first pre-trial listening to final month.
Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies was granted permission by the choose to supply the settlement, however has mentioned that it’s “irrelevant to the case towards Prince Andrew.”
The 2009 settlement settlement is expounded to a 2009 Florida state case, which didn’t contain Andrew.
Ms Giuffre, 38, has accused Andrew of forcing her to have intercourse on the London residence of Epstein’s good friend Ghislaine Maxwell.
She has additionally claimed that she was abused by Andrew at Epstein’s Manhattan residence and on his non-public island within the US Virgin Islands.
Andrew has a 29 October deadline to reply to the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.
Epstein, a registered intercourse offender, killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell in August 2019 whereas awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking fees.
Ms Maxwell has pleaded not responsible to serving to recruit and groom underage ladies for Epstein to abuse.
Her trial is ready to go forward in Manhattan on 29 November.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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