Details of a settlement between Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre that Prince Andrew’s lawyers believe will stop him facing a sex abuse lawsuit have been made public on the eve of an important court hearing in the case against The Prince.
Giuffre received $500,000 in her lawsuit against Epstein, court papers revealed. The unsealing stemmed from Giuffre’s sexual abuse lawsuit against Britain’s Prince Andrew, which she filed on August 9th in Manhattan federal court.
Giuffre has accused Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, who is now a convicted sex trafficker, following her New York trial of forcing her into sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17. Prince Andrew continues to maintain his innocence.
Prince Andrew filed Giuffre’s settlement with Epstein as part of his attempt to dismiss her case, arguing that it shields him. Lawyers for the prince contend the settlement contains provisions that bar Giuffre from taking legal action against many Epstein associates.
The unsealed settlement states that upon receipt of the stipulated sum, Giuffre, referred to under her maiden name, agrees to “remise, release, acquit, satisfy and forever discharge the said second parties and any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant … from all, and all manner of, action and actions of Virginia Roberts, including state or federal, cause and causes of action”. Andrew is not mentioned. Nor is the lawyer, Alan Dershowitz.
If the case moves forward, the Prince could be forced to sit for a deposition under oath and turn over decades of private communications. Prince Andrew’s attorney Andrew B. Brettler has previously argued the civil case should be dismissed as the 2009 settlement absolved him of any liability.
David Boies, an attorney for Ms Giuffre, has called the document “irrelevant” to her claim against Prince Andrew. “The release does not mention Prince Andrew. He did not even know about it,” he said. “The reason we sought to have the release made public was to refute the claims being made about it by Prince Andrew’s PR campaign.”
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