Prince Andrew settles sexual abuse lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre 5 months ago

Prince Andrew settles sexual abuse lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre

The two sides have reached a settlement

Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre have reached an agreement to settle their court case and bring the accusations against the royal to an end.

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A statement released on Tuesday states that the prince had "never intended to malign Ms Giuffre's character" and that he recognised she had "suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks".

Giuffre had been suing the Duke of York, claiming he sexually assaulted her on three occasions when she was 17. Prince Andrew has repeatedly and vehemently denied these accusations.

The document submitted to the US court stated that the duke would be making a "substantial donation to Ms Giuffre's charity."

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Last month, Judge Kaplan ruled that Giuffre's lawsuit against Andrew would not be dismissed on the grounds of a previous settlement made between Giuffre and the late Jeffrey Epstein.

In a statement from lawyers of both parties, Andrew admits that he "regrets" links to Epstein and accepts that Giuffre was a victim of abuse.

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It reads: “It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years. Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others."

The royal has also pledged to demonstrate his regret for his ties with the paedophile by supporting the "fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims.”

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Harpers Bazaar royal editor Omid Scobie tweeted that the settlement comes "just weeks before Andrew was scheduled to sit for an intense deposition, in which he would have been questioned under oath by Giuffre’s lawyers."

The financial sum of the settlement will not be disclosed.

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