Prince Andrew’s Lawyers Say US Judge Should Dismiss Case Due to Epstein Settlement
17:48 GMT 04.01.2022 (Updated: 17:49 GMT 04.01.2022)
© AP Photo / David ParkerIn this Monday, April 13, 2015 file photo, Britain's Prince Andrew visits the AkzoNobel Decorative Paints facility in Slough, England. Prince Andrew's effort to put the Jeffrey Epstein scandal behind him may have instead done him irreparable harm. While aides are trying to put the best face on his widely criticized interview with the BBC, royal watchers are asking whether he can survive the public relations disaster and remain a working member of the royal family
© AP Photo / David Parker
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Lawyers representing UK's Prince Andrew on Tuesday argued in a New York court that the sex crimes lawsuit brought against him by Virginia Roberts Giuffre should be dismissed because of a prior settlement agreement between Giuffre and the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew’s attorneys argued that Giuffre agreed in the settlement deal with Epstein to a general release of claims against him and other potential defendants, which the lawyers claim it also includes Prince Andrew. However, his name is not explicitly mentioned in the document.
Giuffre filed a separate US civil lawsuit against Prince Andrew, alleging that Epstein trafficked her to him for sex in 2001 when she was 17 and a minor under US laws.
Lawyers representing Giuffre argued that the settlement agreement with Epstein is irrelevant to the lawsuit against Prince Andrew and that he was not covered under the general release of claims against potential defendants.
Judge Lewis Kaplan did not come to a decision after hearing arguments from both sides and said he will do so soon.
Epstein's accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell was most recently tried in the same court and was found guilty on charges of grooming teenage girls for sexual encounters with Epstein.