Prince Andrew has 'mountain to climb' as judge's decision in dismissing case looms

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The Duke of York’s legal team is currently locking horns with his accuser Virginia Giuffre’s in a civil case. Ms Giuffre claims she had sex with the prince three times when she had been trafficked and used as a sex slave by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew, 61, vehemently denies her claims – which his lawyer has called “baseless”.

His lawyers are trying to persuade Judge Lewis A Kaplan, who is presiding over the civil case, that Ms Giuffre is unable to sue the prince because a deal she signed with Epstein in 2009 barred her from taking any further legal action against anyone connected to the dead paedophile in return for £370,000.

Judge Kaplan is due to hold a video teleconference after he unsealed the 12-page document on Monday.

The document said Ms Giuffre agreed to “release, acquit, satisfy, and forever discharge” Epstein and “any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant”.

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“Why? Number one, he wasn’t named in it.

“Number two, in Florida, where this settlement took place, there is no jurisdiction over Prince Andrew.”

She said Andrew would argue he was covered by the settlement.

Ms Allred added: “He is saying that he is released. The prince would have had a stronger argument if he was named as being one of the people who is being released.

“He wasn’t named. It isn’t necessarily the case that only if you are named can you be released, but he has got the uphill argument, a mountain to climb, to persuade the judge of this.”

“The odds are against Prince Andrew on this. But you never know what a court is going to do.

“It is not 100 percent clear one way or another.”



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