Is Prince Andrew off the hook? According to the words of the lawyers of Virginia Giuffre, – the 38-year-old American who accuses the Duke of having “sexually assaulted” her three times when she was a minor -, the latter has reached an agreement with his accuser and will ultimately not be judged in a civil trial in New York, as was to be the case. As a reminder, on August 9, 2021, Virginia Giuffre had filed a complaint against Prince Andrew for facts dating back to 2001, when she was 17 years old. For almost six months, the queen’s son’s lawyers did everything they could to block the complaint, and Prince Andrew even claimed to have no memory of the complainant, although several photos confirm the closeness between Virginia Giuffre, the prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. On January 12, Judge Kaplan considered that the request to dismiss this civil complaint should be “denied in all respects”, specifying that a trial could well be held “between September and December” 2022. But the latest twist dated indicates that Prince Andrew will finally escape, for a fee.
Prince Andrew expresses regret
If the financial terms of this famous agreement have not been revealed, the legal document provided by the prince’s lawyers indicates that the latter was going to make “a significant donation” to an association supporting victims of sexual violence, led by Virginia Giuffre . “(Prince Andrew) never intended to harm Madame Giuffre’s moral person and he recognizes the suffering she has experienced both as a victim of abuse and public attack” , says the document. “(He) regrets his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and praises the courage of Madame Giuffre and the other survivors. He pledges to prove his remorse by supporting the fight against sex trafficking and its victims.”
Prince Andrew © AGENCY