Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an amicable settlementreads a letter released on Tuesday by Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, on behalf of both parties, which specifies their intention to end the case within 30 days.
The second son of Queen Elizabeth II, 61, was sued by the 38-year-old American, a former victim of American multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, for sexual abuse when she was 17. He has always disputed the facts, but the case had again shone the spotlight on his links with this sulphurous financier caught up for the sex trafficking of many young girls, and who had been found dead hanged in his Manhattan cell in the summer. 2019.
The exact financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but according to the court document, the Duke of York
intends to make a significant donation to Virginia Giuffre’s organization which supports victims’ rights of sexual assaults.
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The case had become increasingly embarrassing for the British royal family and a trial, even in civil proceedings, would have had a huge impact, even if Prince Andrew had retired from public life since a calamitous interview with the BBC, in 2019, where he was trying to defend himself.
In mid-January, after failing to have the procedure annulled and shortly before the anniversary of the 70-year reign of Elizabeth II, an unprecedented longevity, he had been stripped of his military titles and association sponsorships by the Queen. One more humiliation for the one who was seen as a hero of the Falklands War (1982).
Prince Andrew never intended to disparage Ms Giuffre, and he acknowledges that she suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unjust public attacksstates the court document filed Tuesday in the file of New York judge Lewis Kaplan.
Lawyers say Prince Andrew
regrets his links with Epstein and salutes the courage of Ms Giuffre and the other victims who have spoken up to defend themselves. In this one-page note, there is never any mention of the American’s accusations against Prince Andrew or of the latter’s denials.
Virginia Giuffre accused the prince of sexual assaults in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands, at the residences of the couple formed by Jeffrey Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, in 2001, when she was 17 years old.
During the BBC interview, Andrew claimed not to remember the girl, despite a snapshot showing him holding hands with Virginia Giuffre, all smiles, with Ghislaine Maxwell in the background.
In December, Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, was found guilty in federal court in New York of sex trafficking minors for the benefit of her former partner. His sentence has not yet been set.