Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre’s secret deal with Jeffrey Epstein is released


The 2009 settlement agreement was reached between Virginia Giuffre and Andrew’s former friend and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and was made public on Monday, January 3

Prince Andrew's lawyer believes will stop the civil sex lawsuit
Prince Andrew’s lawyer believes the document will stop the civil sex lawsuit

A legal document Prince Andrew’s lawyer believes will stop the civil sex lawsuit against him has been unsealed and made public today.

Andrew B Brettler, who represents the Duke of York, had argued at a previous hearing that Virginia Giuffre, who is suing the 61-year-old for alleged sexual assault, had entered into a “settlement agreement” that would end her lawsuit.

The 2009 settlement agreement was reached between Ms Giuffre, also known as Virginia Roberts, and Andrew’s former friend and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Mr Brettler had previously told the 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”.

Virginia Giuffre is suing the 61-year-old for alleged sexual assault
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US District Judge Lewis A Kaplan, who is presiding over the civil case, is due to hold a video teleconference on Tuesday when a request by the Duke’s legal team to dismiss the case will be heard.

Ms Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager – saying she had been trafficked.

She is seeking unspecified damages, but there is speculation the sum could be in the millions of dollars.

Prince Andrew in 2001 with Virginia when she was 17
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Andrew has denied all the allegations
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She claims she was trafficked by disgraced financier Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was aged 17 and a minor under US law.

Andrew has denied all allegations.

Judge Kaplan last week denied a motion from Andrew’s lawyers to halt the civil proceedings while the issue of where Ms Giuffre lives is dealt with.

The Prince’s legal team argued the US court had no jurisdiction over the royal or his accuser as both lived outside of the US.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell
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They wanted Ms Giuffre to sit for a two-hour deposition to discuss where she was “domiciled” as she now lives in Perth, Australia.

The Duke has been asked to produce key documents in support of his alibi claiming he did not have sex with Ms Giuffre – including confirmation he did not sweat at that time due to a medical condition.

Ms Giuffre’s legal team have requested a wealth of information from Andrew’s lawyers as they probe his BBC Newsnight interview – during which he said he was visiting a Pizza Express on the day of the claimed sexual encounter.

Prince Andrew’s BBC Newsnight interview
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Her lawyers have also requested travel documents detailing Andrew’s movements on Epstein’s planes and to his various homes, the Duke’s visit to Pizza Express in Woking and London’s Tramp nightclub where Ms Giuffre alleges she danced with a heavily sweating Andrew before they had sex.

Andrew’s legal team have rejected requests for the documents citing various reasons, including stating the information is protected from disclosure by rights of privacy under the US Constitution and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

His lawyers also state in papers filed to a New York court, the documents requested are already publicly available or the requests are “unduly burdensome, oppressive… duplicative and over broad”.

Andrew’s legal team have rejected the requests for the documents
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Andrew’s much-anticipated appearance on Newsnight in November 2019 was an attempt to defend his reputation in the wake of the Epstein sex scandal, but he opened himself up to further accusations with critics saying he failed to show remorse for the financier’s victims.

The Duke denied he slept with Ms Giuffre on three separate occasions when questioned by Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, saying one encounter did not happen as he had taken his daughter, Princess Beatrice, to Pizza Express in Woking for a party and they spent the rest of the day together.

The same sexual encounter, which the American said began with the royal sweating heavily as they danced at Tramp nightclub, was factually wrong, the Duke said, as he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat.

Ghislaine was convicted in the US of helping to entice vulnerable teenagers to the properties of Epstein
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Maxwell was labelled ‘dangerous’ by the prosecution
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Ms Giuffre has alleged in the past she had sex with Andrew in London and New York when she was aged 17, a minor under US law, and again aged 18 on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein where an orgy took place.

Last week Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, was convicted in the US of helping to entice vulnerable teenagers to the properties of Epstein, her former boyfriend, for him to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.

She was labelled “dangerous” by the prosecution and faces the rest of her life in jail.

Her friendship with Andrew has, in the wake of the verdict, seen renewed scrutiny concerning Ms Giuffre’s civil claim for damages against the Duke.

Epstein killed himself in prison in August 2019.

He was on remand awaiting trial after being charged with sex trafficking.




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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