A US decide has rejected a bid by Britain’s Prince Andrew to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit accusing the Duke of York of sexually abusing her when she was 17 and being trafficked by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.
US District Decide Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan stated in a choice made public on Wednesday that it was untimely to contemplate the prince’s efforts to forged doubt on Giuffre’s accusations, although he could be allowed to take action at a trial.
Kaplan stated it was additionally too quickly to resolve whether or not Giuffre and Epstein supposed to launch individuals like Andrew of their 2009 settlement settlement. Such settlements can limit plaintiffs from pursuing additional litigation, even in opposition to third events.
The 2009 deal settled the lawsuit in return for $500,000 (€442,600), stopping Giuffre from suing another “potential defendant”. The prince’s legal professionals stated the deal’s language ought to bar Virginia Giuffre from suing Andrew now, although he wasn’t a celebration to the unique settlement.
Legal professionals for Andrew and Giuffre didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Giuffre sued the prince in August, saying he had sexually assaulted her a number of instances in 2001 when she was 17 and was known as Virginia Roberts. Her authorized staff has claimed that the phrases of her 2009 deal are irrelevant to Andrew’s case.
Prince Andrew — Queen Elizabeth’s second son — has denied the fees.
He withdrew from royal duties following a broadly criticised broadcast interview in late 2019 wherein he stated he didn’t recall having met Giuffre.
Epstein killed himself in August 2019 as he awaited trial in the USA on intercourse trafficking prices that did not contain Andrew.
His former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, was convicted in Manhattan on intercourse trafficking and conspiracy prices associated to a number of ladies after a month-long trial. Giuffre was not one of many alleged victims in that case.
However within the grievance Giuffre says she was recruited by Maxwell in 2000 and travelled ceaselessly with Epstein after that.