Prince Andrew’s legal team will be receiving a document that they believe will end the civil sexual assault case against him.
Representing Andrew, Andrew B. Brettler previously argued that Virginia Giuffre had entered into a “settlement agreement” that would end the lawsuit.
Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies was granted permission by Judge Loretta Preska to supply the British aristocrat’s legal team with the document, which the attorney believes is “irrelevant” to the case against Prince Andrew.
At a pre-trial hearing of the case last month, Brettler stated, “There has been a settlement agreement that the plaintiff has entered into in a prior action that releases the duke and others from any and all potential liability.”
He was referring to the 2009 settlement between Giuffre and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein of a Florida case in which Andrew was not a party.
Giuffre is suing Andrew for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager and is seeking unspecified damages.
She claims that she was trafficked by Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was 17 years old.
Yesterday, Judge Preska agreed to the request from Boies to provide Andrew’s legal team with the document.
In relation to the document, Boies stated, “Although we believe that the release is irrelevant to the case against Prince Andrew, now that service has been accepted and the case is proceeding to a determination on the merits, we believe that counsel for Prince Andrew have a right to review the release and to make whatever arguments they believe appropriate based on it.”
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