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Monday, January 17, 2022

Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre ‘pleased’ Duke will face civil trial in court


Judge Lewis Kaplan today ordered a trial over Virginia Giuffre’s claims that the Duke of York abused her when she was trafficked by paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew denies the allegations
US District Judge Lewis Kaplan made his ruling after a video conference hearing with representatives for the Queen’s son

Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre said she is ‘pleased’ the Duke will face a civil trial in court.

In a statement, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies said: “Virginia Giuffre is pleased that Prince Andrew’s efforts to avoid a trial have been rejected and that evidence will now be taken on her claims against him. She looks forward to a judicial determination of the merits of those claims.”

Judge Lewis Kaplan today ordered a trial over Virginia Giuffre’s claims that the Duke of York abused her when she was trafficked by paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew’s legal team had argued that the case should be dismissed.

Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted of child sex trafficking crimes last month, forced the then 17-year-old into having sex with Andrew, Ms Giuffre claims.

The royal has vehemently denied the allegations.







Judge Lewis Kaplan today ordered a trial over Virginia Giuffre’s claims that the Duke of York abused her when she was trafficked by paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein
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The bombshell ruling comes after a secret 12-page arrangement between Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein was made public.

The document – signed in 2009 – stated Ms Giuffre agreed not to sue anyone connected to the disgraced financier and in return she received a $500,000 (£371,000) payout.

The royal’s legal team argued the document shielded him from claims by Ms Giuffre and the civil case against him should be thrown out without trial.

US District Judge Lewis Kaplan made his ruling after a video conference hearing with representatives for the Queen’s son. The prince was not present.







Virginia Giuffre is suing the prince over sex allegations, which Andrew has always denied
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Outlining his reasons for denying the Duke of York’s motion to dismiss the civil case against him, the judge said an agreement in the civil settlement between Epstein and Ms Giuffre “cannot be said” to benefit him.

In his ruling, he said: “The 2009 Agreement cannot be said to demonstrate, clearly and unambiguously, the parties intended the instrument ‘directly,’ ‘primarily,’ or ‘substantially,’ to benefit Prince Andrew.

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