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A secret deal that took place between Virginia Roberts Giuffre – who has accused Prince Andrew of sexual assault – and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is set to be released today.
On August 14, Giuffre filed a lawsuit under the New York Child Victim’s Act claiming she had been made to meet with the prince by paedophile Epstein on three separate occasions when she was 17 years old.
Prince Andrew has denied all of the accusations, with his lawyers branding the claims as ‘baseless’. They have made several attempts to halt proceedings, including questioning which country Giuffre is a resident of and therefore her eligibility to file a lawsuit in the US, and arguing she was above the age of consent.
On December 29, US Judge Loretta Preska and Judge Kaplan called for an alleged 2009 settlement between Epstein and Giuffre – which the Duke of York’s lawyers believe will protect the prince against the lawsuit – to be made public, concluding there was no reason for it to remain secret.
The Duke’s legal team have argued the settlement covers ‘royalty’, and therefore dissolves his liability. However, Giuffre’s lawyers said the agreement applies ‘at most’ to people involved in underlying litigation in Florida and therefore does not make the prince exempt.
Last week, Maxwell was found guilty of five of the six charges against her, after four victims gave evidence against her in Manhattan Federal Court.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 between 12pm–2.30pm and 7pm– 9.30pm every day. Alternatively, you can contact Victim Support free on 08 08 16 89 111 available 24/7, every day of the year, including Christmas
Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on their website or on their free helpline 0808 800 5005, open 9am–5pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 8am–8pm Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10am–2pm Saturdays
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