A lawsuit in opposition to Prince Andrew introduced by Virginia Giuffre, a lady who claimed he raped her when she was a teen, might be allowed to proceed after a federal choose in Manhattan denied Andrew’s request to dismiss the go well with.
Andrew, 61, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and a buddy of the financier and convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, argued in court docket papers that he had been launched from legal responsibility in future lawsuits beneath the phrases of a settlement Ms. Giuffre reached with Mr. Epstein in 2009 in a special lawsuit, in Florida. Mr. Epstein killed himself in jail in 2019 whereas awaiting his sex-trafficking trial.
Within the Florida case, Mr. Epstein paid Ms. Giuffre $500,000 to settle a go well with wherein she had accused Mr. Epstein of sexually abusing her when she was a teen. Underneath the phrases of the settlement, Ms. Giuffre had launched Mr. Epstein and different “potential defendants” from additional litigation, a class that legal professionals for Prince Andrew mentioned included him.
In rejecting Andrew’s argument and permitting Ms. Giuffre’s lawsuit to proceed, the choose, Lewis A. Kaplan of Federal District Courtroom, didn’t tackle the deserves of Ms. Giuffre’s claims.
Underneath an agreed upon scheduling order, Ms. Giuffre and Andrew’s lawyer should full all of their authorized discovery — the alternate of paperwork and the taking of depositions of consultants — by July 14.
Buckingham Palace declined to touch upon the choice. Attorneys for Andrew and Ms. Giuffre didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Mark Landler contributed reporting from London.