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US Judge Rejects Prince Andrew's Bid to Dismiss Giuffre's Sex Abuse Lawsuit

© AP Photo / Steve ParsonsBritain's Prince Andrew attends the Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, following the announcement of Prince Philip, in England, Sunday, April 11, 2021.
Britain's Prince Andrew attends the Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, following the announcement of Prince Philip, in England, Sunday, April 11, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.01.2022
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Last year, Virginia Giuffre filed a civil lawsuit against the Duke of York, alleging she was trafficked out by late convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the royal when she was 17, and a minor according to US law.
The US District Judge Lewis Kaplan has rejected a bid by Prince Andrew to dismiss Virginia Giuffre's civil lawsuit, which accuses him of raping her when she was 17.
The ruling means that the royal will face a civil trial in the US.
It was premature to consider Prince Andrew's efforts to question Giuffre's accusations but he would be allowed to do so at trial, the judge said, quoted by Reuters. He reportedly added that the trial could begin late this year.
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Earlier this month, a New York court unsealed a confidential deal reached between the late convicted paedophile Epstein and Virginia Giuffre in 2009. According to the deal, Giuffre was paid $500,000 for agreeing not to sue anyone connected to Epstein who could be viewed as a "potential defendant." Although the settlement does not mention the duke by name, his lawyers say this deal means that Giuffre can't sue him. Prince Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre's allegations and claims he has never met the woman.
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