A New York judge on Wednesday upheld the complaint of an American woman against Prince Andrew for sexual assault in 2001 when she was 17, despite a request to reject the second son of the Queen of England.
In his decision, Judge Lewis Kaplan believes that the request to dismiss this civil complaint, filed in the summer of 2021 by Virginia Giuffre, one of the victims of the sex crimes of the American financier Jeffrey Epstein, must be
refused in all respects.
Prince Andrew, 61, has been embarrassed for years by his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, and his former partner Ghislaine Maxwell.
The defense supported the rejection of this complaint on the grounds that Virginia Giuffre had signed in 2009 an agreement with the American financier not to prosecute him, as well as
other potential defendants. An argument refused by the judge, in his decision dated Tuesday, but made public Wednesday.
The prince is not prosecuted in this case, and has always vigorously rejected the accusations of Virginia Giuffre.
If all of Andrew’s remedies fail, a civil lawsuit could be held
between September and December 2022, judge Kaplan said in the fall of 2021.