Prince Andrew, son of Queen Elizabeth II of England, has obtained access to a confidential document that, according to his lawyers, could put an end to the case of alleged sexual abuse of which he has been accused by the American Virginia Giuffre when she was younger.
According to Forbes magazine, the legal team of Prince Andrew has received permission to enter into a sealed agreement between Giuffre and the late friend of Queen Elizabeth’s son, the financier Jeffrey Epstein, origin of the scandal that surrounds the member of the British royalty.
The prince’s lawyers believe, according to Forbes, that those documents could provide Andrés with immunity in that lawsuit.
The New York Judge Loretta Preska, in charge of the case, has agreed that the legal team of Andrew of England rreceive a copy of that agreement, with the consent of the heirs of Epstein.
The attorney for Giuffre, David Boies, agreed that the son of Elizabeth II has the right to review these sealed documents, although considers it to be “irrelevant” to the ongoing lawsuit.
The agreement, reached in the state of Florida between Epstein and Giuffre in 2009, he ended one of dozens of civil lawsuits filed against the tycoon by women who allege he sexually abused them when they were minors and which were settled privately with financial settlements that have not been publicly disclosed.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, a friend of Epstein’s whom Giuffre has also accused of sexual abuse, told Forbes in a statement last month that the settlement led to the assault case brought against him being dismissed, adding that “the same reasons” could apply to the process against Prince Andrew.
These new details of the case are known a few days after it was made public that Queen Elizabeth II paid with “millions of pounds” of her own fortune the legal defense of her son in this matter.
The Duke of York expanded his legal team last September after hiring lawyer Melissa Lerner, who joined Andrew Brettler in his defense against the aforementioned sexual abuse complaint filed by the American Giuffre in a court in New York last August.
According to sources in the royal house cited by the British “Telegraph”, the bill for lawyers will skyrocket by “millions” of pounds, in a legal process that is expected to last months or years and could end with an economic settlement that it will further increase the final cost.
A court of New York gave the deadline to Prince Andrew until October 29 to respond to the complaint of Giuffre, who alleges that when she was 17 years old she was forced to have sex with the prince, something that Jeffrey Epstein, the late tycoon accused of running a child sex trafficking network connected to important figures in the world of economics and politics, and his right-hand man, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Epstein committed suicide in August 2019 in a New York cell shortly after being arrested, while Maxwell remains in another prison in the Big Apple accused of helping the businessman recruit minors for his sex trafficking activities.
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