be dismissed after his accuser Virginia Giuffre was revealed to have been paid a “settlement” with a clause that could block the case from proceeding
A s*xual assault lawsuit against the Prince has gained a secret settlement deal between Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Giuffre. This settlement could see the Duke of York’s s*xual abuse case dismissed after details over the agreement been unsealed by a judge in New York.
The 2009 settlement agreement between financier Epstein and Ms Giuffre, who is also known as Virginia Roberts, were made public today to reveal Ms Giuffre, 38, settled the case for £370,000.
In the agreement, it featured a clause that would release “any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant” against various claims by Ms Giuffre.
US District Judge Lewis Kaplan, will now have to decide whether that clause blocks Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit, which claims Epstein forced her to have s*x with Andrew two decades ago when she was 17.
According to Daily Star, Duke of York’s lawyer believes the 12-page legal document will stop the civil s*x lawsuit against the royal.
Andrew B Brettler, who represents the duke, had argued at a previous hearing that Ms Giuffre, who is suing the Queen’s son for alleged s*xual assault, that the “settlement agreement” would end her lawsuit.
As well as the amount being paid to Ms Giuffre, which was listed in US currency as $500,000, the agreement also included a cause that meant she agreed to “remise, release, acquit, satisfy, and forever discharge the said second parties and any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant… from all, and all manner of, action and actions of Virginia Roberts, including State or Federal, cause and causes of action”.
The document continues: “It is further agreed that this Settlement Agreement represents a final resolution of a disputed claim and is intended to avoid litigation.
“This settlement agreement shall not be construed to be an admission of liability or fault by any party.”
Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies believes the release of settlement is “irrelevant to the case against Prince Andrew”.
Sealed documents released in case of Ms Giuffre and Epstein, which Prince Andrew’s lawyer say will release him from liability
Her lawsuit claims Epstein forced her to have s*x with Andrew more than two decades ago when she was under 18 at the London home of former Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and abusing her at two of Epstein’s homes.
Maxwell and Epstein were both convicted of s*x trafficking offences with Maxwell waiting to be sentenced.
Epstein was found dead at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City in 2019.
Ms Giuffre is seeking unspecified damages in a civil lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court.
Andrew, 61, has denied Ms Giuffre’s accusations and has moved to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that his accuser is seeking a “payday” from her accusations against Epstein and his associates.
The prince has not been accused of criminal wrongdoing.
A hearing over his motion to dismiss is scheduled for Tuesday.