Legal document in Andrew civil sex case due to be made public

A legal document that the Duke of York’s attorney believes will stop the civil sex lawsuit against the king is expected to be unsealed and released.

Andrew B. Brettler, representing the Duke, argued at an earlier hearing that Virginia Giuffre, who is suing the Queen’s son for alleged sexual assault, had entered into a “settlement agreement” that would end her lawsuit.

The 2009 settlement agreement was made between Ms. Giuffre, also known as Virginia Roberts, and Andrew’s former boyfriend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Mr Brettler had previously informed the New York Hearing that the agreement “exempts Prince Andrew and others from any alleged liability arising out of the claims that Ms. Giuffre has brought here against Prince Andrew”.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A Kaplan, who heads the civil case, is due to hold a video conference call Tuesday to hear a motion from the Duke’s Legal Department to dismiss.

Ms. Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually abusing her as a teenager.

She is demanding unspecified damages, but there is speculation that the sum could run into the millions.

She claims she was abducted by disgraced financier Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was 17 years old and a minor under US law.

Prince Andrew has always vigorously denied all allegations.

Judge Kaplan last week denied a motion from Andrew’s attorneys to dismiss the civil case pending the issue of where Ms. Giuffre lives.

Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend and Andrew’s friend, will have to spend the rest of her life in jail after she was sentenced last week to source teenage girls for sexually abusing the disgraced financier.

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