Prince Andrew’s motion to dismiss the civil case against him was denied by a federal judge in New York.
In a civil case, Virginia Giuffre accuses the Duke of York of having sex with her when she was 17 and therefore a minor in 2001.
Andrew has consistently denied the allegations.
Giuffre also claims she was sold to the royal family between 2000 and 2002 by the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell.
The judge’s decision follows a hearing last Tuesday where Andrew’s legal team suggested that a recently released document dated 2009 effectively prevented Giuffra from making any claims against Andrew.
In a confidential agreement, Giuffre waived her right to bring legal action “against any other natural or legal person that could be included as a potential defendant in all and any actions and actions of Virginia Roberts” in exchange for $ 500,000 (£ 371,722 ).
The document added: “As a material settlement consideration, First Parties and Second Parties agree that the terms of the Settlement Agreement are not intended to be used by any other person and are not admissible in any legal proceeding or case against or involving Jeffrey Epstein, either civil or criminal. “
Andrew’s lawyers argued that this meant that Giuffre could not sue him, especially since she mentioned the “fee” elsewhere in the 2009 case.
However, Giuffre’s team argued that it was a confidential agreement between Epstein and Giuffre and not Andrew.
On Wednesday, the judge said: “This is not to say that the 2009 agreement clearly and unequivocally demonstrates that the parties intended the document” directly, “” primarily, “or” substantially “in the interests of Prince Andrew.”
Giuffre filed a lawsuit back in August 2021, and around September, Andrew received his papers. She is demanding compensation from the royal family for unspecified damage.
There is no indication that Andrew is under criminal investigation and has not been charged with any criminal offenses, vehemently denies the charges against him.
The civil procedure will take place from September to December.