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06-2022

Epstein’s Agreement with Giuffre To Be Revealed, Affects Prince Andrew Case

NEW YORK, December 29. (Reuters) – The 2009 settlement agreement between the late financier Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre, directly addressing Giuffre’s civil lawsuit accusing Britain’s Prince Andrew of sexual assault, will be released early next week.

On Wednesday, in a joint ruling, US District Judges Lewis Kaplan and Loretta Presca in Manhattan ordered the agreement to be made public around January 3, 2022, finding no reason to keep it under wraps.

Kaplan is overseeing Giuffre’s lawsuit, accusing Andrew of forcing her to have sex more than two decades ago when she was under 18 in the London home of former Epstein employee Ghislaine Maxwell, and abuse in two of Epstein’s.

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Andrew denied Giuffre’s claims.

Presca oversees Giuffre’s lawsuit accusing Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz of defaming her when he denied her claim that he was among the men Epstein forced her to have sex with.

The prince’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, argued that the 2009 settlement with Epstein freed the Duke of York from Giuffre’s suit because it was about the “royal family,” and Epstein insisted that it covered anyone who could bring Giuffre to court. …

Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boyes, objected that the settlement applied “nothing more than” to those involved in the main lawsuit in Florida, where Epstein had a home, and that Prince Andrew should not use it as a “prison release card.”

Andrei was not charged with any crimes. Giuffre’s civil action seeks indefinite damages.

Kaplan is slated for January 4, 2022 to hear oral arguments about whether to dismiss Giuffre’s v. Andrew’s suit.

In a filing on Tuesday, Brettler called for a dismissal or dismissal of the case because Giuffre has lived in Australia for a long time, stripping the Manhattan court of jurisdiction, and cannot confirm her claim that she is a Colorado resident.

Sigrid McCauley, another attorney for Giuffre, in a statement called the argument “another in a series of Prince Andrew’s weary attempts to evade the legal grounds of a serious case filed by Virginia Giuffre.”

Epstein, a registered sex offender, committed suicide in 2019 while awaiting trial on charges of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation. On Wednesday, a US jury found Maxwell guilty of assisting Epstein in sexually assaulting teenage girls. read more

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Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Edited by Stephen Coates

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