Details of a 2009 settlement between Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Roberts Giuffre are set to be made public next week after Giuffre accused Prince Andrew of sexual abuse.
The settlement agreement bears directly on Giuffre’s civil lawsuit against Prince Andrew, which was filed in August 2021 and accuses the Duke of York of abusing Giuffre on multiple occasions when she was a teenager, when she was allegedly trafficked by sex offender Epstein.
Andrew has denied the allegations and will seek to dismiss the lawsuit at a hearing on January 4.
On Wednesday, December 29, US District Judges Lewis Kaplan and Loretta Preska in New York ordered that the agreement between Epstein and Giuffre be released to the public on or around January 3, 2022, on the basis there was no reason for it to remain secret.
Kaplan is overseeing Giuffre’s lawsuit against Andrew, while Preska is overseeing another of Giuffre’s lawsuits which accuses Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz of defaming her when he denied her allegations that he was one of the men Epstein compelled her to have sex with.
Andrew’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, has claimed the prince would be shielded from Giuffre’s lawsuit through the settlement as it covers ‘royalty’ and was intended to cover all future claims Giuffre made about Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking scheme.
However, Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, has argued that the prince’s ‘attempt now to use the 2009 release as a get out of jail free card shows how desperate he is to dodge and duck the facts of what he did,’ The Hill reports, citing Reuters.
Boies has also argued that the settlement ‘at most’ applied to those involved in underlying litigation in Florida.
Giuffre is seeking unspecified damages in her lawsuit against Andrew.
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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