Prince Andrew may have an opportunity to overview a 2009 settlement settlement that he hopes will defend him from a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a girl 20 years in the past, when she was underage.
In an order on Wednesday, U.S. District Choose Loretta Preska in Manhattan granted permission for Andrew’s attorneys to obtain a duplicate of the confidential settlement between the late financier Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre, the prince’s accuser.
Giuffre has additionally accused Epstein of abuse.
Epstein’s property had agreed to letting the Duke of York, who can also be Queen Elizabeth’s second son, overview the settlement, however court docket approval was wanted.
The prince, 61, has not been charged with crimes, and has “categorically” denied Giuffre’s claims towards him.
Andrew Brettler, a lawyer for the prince, mentioned in an electronic mail he expects to obtain the settlement quickly from Giuffre’s attorneys.
At a listening to final month, Brettler instructed the decide overseeing Giuffre’s lawsuit that he believed the settlement “absolves our shopper from any and all legal responsibility.”
Legal professionals for Giuffre didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
David Boies, one of many attorneys, mentioned in a court docket submitting final month that he believed the settlement was “irrelevant” to Giuffre’s case towards Andrew.
Giuffre, 38, accused the prince of forcing her to have intercourse when she was underage on the London dwelling of Epstein’s longtime affiliate Ghislaine Maxwell.
She additionally mentioned Andrew abused her at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan, and on Epstein’s personal island within the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Andrew faces an Oct. 29 deadline to formally reply to Giuffre’s lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.
Epstein, a registered intercourse offender, killed himself at age 66 in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 whereas awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking expenses.
Maxwell has pleaded not responsible to serving to recruit and groom underage women for Epstein to abuse. Her trial in Manhattan is scheduled for Nov. 29.
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