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A lawsuit accusing Britain’s Prince Andrew of sexually assaulting an underage girl while she was under the control of sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein and his procurer Ghislaine Maxwell has been settled out of court, a court filing revealed Tuesday.
The sum of the money that Andrew has agreed to pay his accuser Virginia Giuffre to settle her claims against him was not disclosed in the filing, which also said the prince will make “a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.”
A related document says Andrew “regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others.”
“He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims,” that document says.
The bombshell development came in Manhattan federal court, where Andrew previously failed in attempts to get Giuffre’s suit tossed out, and after he had been stripped of military titles and other honorifics related to being a member of Britain’s royal family because of his association with Epstein and Maxwell.
The tentative settlement was disclosed in a letter by Giuffre’s lawyer to Judge Lewis Kaplan to dismiss the suit, who is expected to dismiss the suit after both sides file a formal stipulation that they want to end the case.
Andrew had denied Giuffre’s allegations that he sexually abused her two decades ago in New York, London and the U.S. Virgin Islands, when he was a friend of Epstein and Maxwell.
Tuesday’s court filing gave no indication that the son of Queen Elizabeth II had wavered in that denial.
Prince Andrew with Virginia Giuffre and Ghislain Maxwell.
Source: Attained through court documents.
But the settlement will spare Andrew further ignominy from being forced to answer questions under oath for depositions in the case, and face a public trial in New York that would have drawn massive media attention.
The deal comes less than two months after Maxwell was convicted in the same courthouse of procuring other underage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein, an investment manager who killed himself in a federal jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on federal child sex trafficking charges.
Giuffre’s suit alleged she had sex with Andrew at the direction of Epstein and Maxwell.
In his letter to Kaplan, Giuffre’s high-powered lawyer David Boies wrote, “We write jointly with counsel for defendant to advise the Court that the parties reached a settlement in principle of the above-referenced action.”
“The parties anticipate filing a stipulation of dismissal of the case within thirty (30) days,” Boies wrote. “In the interim, the parties request that the Court suspend all deadlines and hold the action in abeyance.”
A document referenced in the letter, which was attached to the filing, said, “Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an out of court settlement.”
“The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms. Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement (the sum of which is not being disclosed). Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.”
“Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms. Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks. It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years,” the statement says.
Andrew was one of Epstein’s many rich, powerful and high-profile friends over the years.
Epstein also had long-standing friendships with former Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton before he pleaded guilty to Florida state charges in 2009, which included paying an underage girl for sexual services.
Giuffre’s lawsuit had alleged that she “was regularly abused by Epstein and was lent out by Epstein to other powerful men for sexual purposes.”
Giuffre’s suit says she was “was also forced to have sex with Defendant, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, at [Epstein’s] and Maxwell’s direction.”
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