Virginia Giuffre is suing the Duke of York for undisclosed damages in a New York court after claiming she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17. At the time, she claims to have met the prince, she claims to have been trafficked by the convicted pedophile – who died awaiting trial on a series of sexual charges in 2019.
As the civil case progresses, Andrew’s legal team prepares to use a settlement Ms Giuffre, 38, signed with Epstein in 2009.
The document, which was recently unsealed, saw Ms Giuffre accept undisclosed damages from Epstein after filing a criminal complaint accusing him of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Part of the deal, which was signed in Florida, meant that she could never again sue Epstein or anyone associated with him.
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In her original complaint, filed under the pseudonym Jane Doe in Florida, Ms. Giuffre said: “In addition to being continuously exploited to satisfy any sexual whim of the defendant, the plaintiff was also to be sexually exploited by the adult male peers of the defendant, including royalty, politicians, academics, businessmen and / or other professional and personal acquaintances.
The ensuing settlement was used by Alan Dershowitz, Epstein’s former lawyer, to strike out an abuse complaint Ms Giuffre had filed against him.
The news emerged shortly after Metropolitan Police confirmed that they would not take any further action against the Duke following a review.
A source close to the Duke said it was “not surprising” that the Met decided to drop its investigation.
They added: “Despite media pressure and claims of new evidence, the Met has concluded that the claims are not sufficient to warrant further investigation.
“The Duke has always vigorously proclaimed his innocence and continues to do so. “
Express.co.uk has reached out to representatives for Andrew for comment on his ongoing trial in the United States.