Prince Andrew and his accuser Virginia Giuffre have settled a sexual assault lawsuit for an unspecified sum, in response to a court docket submitting Tuesday.
In a letter despatched to a New York choose on behalf of each events, Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies wrote that they “have reached an out of court docket settlement,” with out disclosing the monetary phrases.
As a part of the settlement, the British royal will make a “substantial donation” to a charity established by Giuffre that helps intercourse trafficking victims, Boies stated.
Giuffre has stated she had intercourse with Andrew when she was 17 and a minor below US regulation after assembly him by way of the late US financier Jeffrey Epstein, who dedicated suicide in jail two years in the past whereas awaiting trial for intercourse crimes.
The prince has not been criminally charged and has denied the allegations.
The settlement means the civil case is not going to go to a jury trial. It additionally means Andrew will now not be questioned below oath by Giuffre’s attorneys.
“The events will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms. Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement (the sum of which isn’t being disclosed),” stated the court docket submitting.
“Prince Andrew has by no means meant to malign Ms. Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered each as a longtime sufferer of abuse and because of unfair public assaults,” the letter stated.
“He pledges to exhibit his remorse for his affiliation with Epstein by supporting the battle in opposition to the evils of intercourse trafficking, and by supporting its victims,” it added.
Final month, Andrew was stripped of his honorary navy titles and charitable roles after New York Decide Lewis Kaplan denied his plea to dismiss Giuffre’s case.
Giuffre, who’s now 38, alleges that Andrew sexually assaulted her on the London dwelling of socialite and Epstein good friend Ghislaine Maxwell after an evening out dancing in March 2001.
She sued the prince final 12 months for unspecified damages, alleging that she was trafficked to him by Epstein and Maxwell.
In December, Maxwell was convicted of recruiting and grooming younger women to be sexually abused by Epstein, exposing a murky world of intercourse trafficking among the many wealthy and highly effective.
In addition to the London allegations, Giuffre additionally stated Andrew assaulted her at Epstein’s dwelling in New York, and on Epstein’s non-public island within the US Virgin Islands.
Andrew, the second son of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, withdrew from public life as a royal in 2019 after a broadly ridiculed BBC interview the place he sought to vindicate himself of the accusation.
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