Prince Andrew settles sex abuse lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre

Prince Andrew has reached a legal settlement with a woman who alleges she was 17 when she was sexually abused by the British royal, according to a legal filing made public Tuesday.

The move came more than a month after US District Judge Lewis Kaplan for the Southern District of New York rejected Andrew’s bid to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre.

“Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an out of court settlement,” David Boies, Giuffre’s lawyer, said in a letter filed to the court.

“The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms. Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement (the sum of which is not being disclosed).”

Giuffre has long alleged she was trafficked to Andrew, son of Queen Elizabeth II, by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his recently-convicted confidant, the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

In the letter, Andrew said that he would make a “substantial” donation to Giuffre’s victims rights group and that he “never intended to malignant” her character.

“It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years,” the letter states. “Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others. He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims.”

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