Prince Andrew settles abuse lawsuit with accuser Virginia Giuffre

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Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who blamed the regal for sexual maltreatment, have reached an out-of-court settlement. As indicated by court reports recorded Tuesday, Andrew will give assets to Giuffre’s foundation on the side of survivors of rape. How much the settlement and gift were not revealed.

Giuffre blamed Prince Andrew for attacking her on three separate events when she was 17, which Prince Andrew has denied.

In a claim recorded in New York in 2021, Giuffre said the attack was made conceivable by the late indicted sex wrongdoer Jeffrey Epstein. She asserts Epstein dealt her to Prince Andrew.

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Ruler Andrew professes to have no memory of meeting Giuffre. The two, in any case, were captured together when Giuffre was a young person. Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s previous sweetheart who was as of late indicted for preparing and dealing minors for sexual maltreatment, additionally shows up in the photograph.

A court documenting Tuesday said, “Sovereign Andrew has never expected to insult Ms Giuffre’s personality, and he acknowledges that she has experienced both as a laid out survivor of misuse and because of unreasonable public assaults.”

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“Sovereign Andrew laments his relationship with Epstein, and lauds the boldness of Ms. Giuffre and different survivors in going to bat for themselves as well as other people,” the record proceeds. “He promises to show his lament for his relationship with Epstein by supporting the battle against the shades of malice of sex dealing, and by supporting its casualties.”

Lawyers for Prince Andrew didn’t promptly react to CBS News’ solicitation for input.

In January, Prince Andrew was stripped of all his royal patronages and military affiliations with the approval of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, a day after his motion to dismiss Giuffre’s suit was rejected in court.

“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told CBS News at the time.

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The second son of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew still retains the title Duke of York and his place in the line of succession but is no longer allowed to use the title “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity. 

CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman has said the prince’s best option was to try to reach a settlement with Giuffre so the case wouldn’t go to trial. The process of fighting the case in court would shine a negative light on his family.

Although Giuffre said she was assaulted in 2001 and 2002, which was beyond the statute of limitations, Giuffre was able to file the suit under New York’s 2019 Child Victims Act, which allowed survivors to file claims regardless of the time that had gone by. 

In 2020, Giuffre told CBS News that Andrew “should be panicking,” and that the royal family” needs to be held accountable.” Giuffre’s lawyer said in January that he believed she would only be interested in an out-of-court settlement if Prince Andrew acknowledged he had done something wrong. 

“Twenty years ago Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her,” the lawsuit read. “It is long past the time for him to be held to account.”

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