Prince Andrew can have an opportunity to evaluate a 2009 settlement settlement that he hopes will defend him from a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a lady twenty years in the past, when she was underage.
In an order on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan granted permission for Andrew’s attorneys to obtain a replica 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, evaluate the settlement, however courtroom approval was wanted.
The prince, 61, has not been charged with crimes, and has “categorically” denied Giuffre’s claims in opposition to him.
Andrew Brettler, a lawyer for the prince, mentioned in an e mail he expects to obtain the settlement quickly from Giuffre’s attorneys.
At a listening to final month, Brettler advised the choose overseeing Giuffre’s lawsuit that he believed the settlement “absolves our client from any and all liability.”
Lawyers for Giuffre didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
David Boies, one of many attorneys, mentioned in a courtroom submitting final month that he believed the settlement was “irrelevant” to Giuffre’s case in opposition to Andrew.
Giuffre, 38, accused the prince of forcing her to have intercourse when she was underage on the London house of Epstein’s longtime affiliate Ghislaine Maxwell.
She additionally mentioned Andrew abused her at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan, and on Epstein’s non-public 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 prices.
Maxwell has pleaded not responsible to serving to recruit and groom underage ladies for Epstein to abuse. Her trial in Manhattan is scheduled for Nov. 29.
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