Prince Andrew, Duke of York, has sorted out a civil sexual assault case brought against him in the United States by Virginia Giuffre.
Ms Giuffre had been suing the Duke of York, claiming he sexually assaulted her on three occasions when she was 17, allegations he has repeatedly denied.
Prince Andrew has too much to be ashamed about and far too much to hide.
In a letter to US judge Lewis A Kaplan, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies wrote jointly with Prince Andrew’s lawyers to say the pair had reached “a settlement in principle”.
By signing that cheque, Prince Andrew has also written his public resignation letter – there is no way back now.
Prince Andrew’s out-of-court settlement agreed with Virginia Giuffre is likely to amount to a “very large sum of money”, a leading legal commentator has said.
The duke pledged to “demonstrate his regret for his association” with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein by supporting the “fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims”.
He also commended the “bravery of Ms Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others”
Prince Andrew makes no admission of liability. His lawyers had previously said he was ready to go before a jury to fight Ms Giuffre’s claims, with a trial expected later this year.
Ms Giuffre, now 38, claimed the duke, 61, sexually assaulted her on three occasions when she was 17 at Ghislaine Maxwell’s home in London, in Epstein’s mansion in New York and on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.
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While Prince Andrew doesn’t admit guilt for obvious reasons given ongoing criminal investigations, today’s 146-word joint statement is damning and highly embarrassing for the man who previously refused to admit to having met Giuffre.
Prince Andrew avoids having to give a sworn statement, which was scheduled for early next month; he makes no admission of guilt; there will be no civil trial, no further airing of accusations and evidence.
The duke is still badly damaged by the past few years; his friendship with a convicted paedophile and a convicted child trafficker will always hang over his reputation; the very fact that a civil trial beckoned will, rightly or wrongly, be held against him.
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