Britain’s Prince Andrew has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre, who said she was sexually trafficked to the British royal by the financier Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17.
The deal described in a court filing Tuesday in New York avoids a trial that would have brought further embarrassment to the monarchy. It calls for the prince to make a substantial donation to the charity of his accuser while saying he never meant to malign her character.
Attorney David Boies, who represents Giuffre, informed the judge presiding over the case in New York that a settlement in principle has been reached and lawyers on both sides will request a dismissal of the lawsuit within a month.
A lawyer for Andrew did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
The letter signed by Boies said all lawyers were asking the judge to suspend all deadlines and put the case on hold.
Giuffre sued Andrew in August. The American accused the British royal of sexually abusing her while she traveled with financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew allegedly wants disgraced actor Kevin Spacey to help clear his name by telling a jury in the Virginia Roberts sex assault lawsuit that Ghislaine Maxwell was Spacey’s guest during a guided tour of Buckingham Palace in 2002.
A photo taken during the private tour, which was organised by the Duke, shows Maxwell and Spacey smiling as they sit on the Queen’s and Prince Philip’s Coronation thrones.
‘Andrew had invited Spacey for the tour of the Palace. [Ghislaine Maxwell] came with him – not as a guest of Andrew’s,’ a source told The Sun.
The tour, which showed Maxwell and the American Beauty actor larking around in the Throne Room, was arranged for former US president Bill Clinton – who was a friend of Spacey – and other VIPs.
The Duke of York wants to distance himself from Maxwell, who is set to be sentenced on sex trafficking crimes on June 28.
The source added: ‘If Kevin can convince a jury he was the crucial link with Ghislaine, rather than Andrew, it distances the Prince from her somewhat – and that’s crucial.
Prince Andrew has suggested that Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre may be suffering from “false memories” surrounding allegations made against him.
The British Royal has suggested that Virginia Giuffre, who accused the Prince of raping her in 2001 when she was 17, “may suffer from false memories” about the alleged incident.
In the latest development in the ongoing legal battle, the Duke of York’s lawyers have requested to interview Dr Judith Lightfoot, Virginia Giuffre’s Australian based psychologist. They went on to request access to Lightfoot’s medical notes on Giuffre, any details on medication prescribed, and any invoices of fees Dr Lightfoot received, The Telegraph reports.
Andrew’s attorneys have also asked to interview the Epstein accuser’s husband, Robert Giuffre, over her finances, her relationship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, as well as all communications Giuffre had with her husband regarding Prince Andrew.
The Prince’s legal team went on to directly accuse Giuffre of participating in “Epstein’s sex-trafficking scheme” by supplying Epstein with victims, including “at least one 14-year-old girl”. Andrew’s lawyers have suggested that Giuffre is highlighting her claimed trauma in order “to deflect” from her role in the ring.
The agreement between Prince Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Giuffre, and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein will be made public for the first time.
The unveiling of the 2009 settlement between Epstein and Giuffre, which will be released on Monday, could be hugely impactful when it comes to the ongoing civil case against the Duke of York.
Prince Andrew’s lawyers will be looking to leverage the settlement to release him from liability in the case brought by Giuffre, who has accused the member of the British Royal Family of sexual assault when she was 17 years old.
Andrew Brettler, who represents Prince Andrew, previously told a New York hearing the agreement “releases Prince Andrew and others from any purported liability arising from the claims Ms Giuffre asserted against Prince Andrew here,” the BBC reported.
Miss Roberts – now Virginia Giuffre – was allegedly recruited as a schoolgirl sex slave by Maxwell and forced into abuse by Epstein and his friends, including the Duke of York, who strenuously denies the claims.
Miss Roberts has been a running feature of the case, having flown 32 times on Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’ private jet with the multi-millionaire financier and Maxwell, as well as recruiting schoolgirl Carolyn for alleged abuse, jurors heard. Yet neither side has called the 38-year-old as a witness.
A secret Jeffrey Epstein settlement that Prince Andrew believes should protect him against a sex-assault lawsuit is going to be made public, two judges ruled this week.
Late pedophile Epstein signed the deal in 2009 with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the longtime accuser who is now suing Andrew, 61, for allegedly having sex with her three times when she was 17.
The UK royal’s legal team has insisted the civil settlement — which has remained under seal — also shields him and others “from any and all liability” that stem from Giuffre’s accusations.
On Tuesday, Manhattan federal Judges Loretta Preska and Lewis Kaplan signed a joint order outlining plans to make public the document that Andrew’s team submitted in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
“Mr. Epstein, as is well known, is deceased. The Document is well known to Ms. Giuffre,” the judges wrote, noting it has also “been available to all parties in this case for some time.”
A woman who says she was repeatedly raped by Jeffrey Epstein claims the late pedophile used his close friendship with Prince Andrew to help lure his vulnerable victims, according to an interview Sunday.
Chauntae Davies told The Sun on Sunday how Epstein repeatedly bragged about how close he was with the Duke of York and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson — even adorning his home with their photos.
“I was very aware of Jeffrey Epstein’s friendship with Prince Andrew and Fergie right away,” Davies, now 40, told the UK paper.
“It was one of several bragging tactics he used to further induce his power and privilege. He bragged a lot.
“He had framed photos of them in his residences. He bragged about how he’d lent money to the duchess,” she said, referring to the $24,000 Fergie borrowed and in 2011 called “a gigantic error of judgment.”
Day two of the trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is underway in New York City, as the 59-year-old faces charges related to her alleged involvement in financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes.
Her first accuser, identified only as “Jane”, has taken the stand and testified that Ms Maxwell was in the room when Epstein sexually assaulted her when she was 14 years old.
Epstein’s longtime pilot Larry Visoski was cross-examined by the defence team about specific flights and passengers, following questioning by the prosecution regarding his work and access to Epstein’s properties.
He testified that passengers on Epstein’s plane included Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Itzhak Perlman, Donald Trump, Chris Tucker, John Glenn, Kevin Spacey, and George Mitchell. Mr Visoski also said he never saw either Ms Maxwell nor Epstein being inappropriate with a minor in 30 years.
On Monday, prosecutor Lara Pomerantz told jurors at the Manhattan federal court that in the 1990s, Ms Maxwell would procure girls for Epstein via the “ruse” of a massage. In response, her defence said that Ms Maxwell was being made a scapegoat because Epstein’s death led her accusers unable to seek justice.