Judges have ordered that a settlement between Prince Andrew’s sex assault accuser and Jeffrey Epstein – which the royal thinks will exonerate him – be made public.
The 2009 agreement between the multi-millionaire paedophile and his sex slave Virginia Roberts Giuffre will be released on January 3, unless “good cause” can be shown otherwise.
A secret Jeffrey Epstein settlement that Prince Andrew believes should protect him against a sex-assault lawsuit is going to be made public, two judges ruled this week.
Late pedophile Epstein signed the deal in 2009 with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the longtime accuser who is now suing Andrew, 61, for allegedly having sex with her three times when she was 17.
Prince Andrew, 61, maintains that a clause in the settlement precludes him from being sued by Virginia – who alleges that he sexually assaulted her three times when she was 17.
In October Virginia’s lawyers agreed to hand over a copy of the settlement for the Duke of York’s lawyers to examine.
But his legal team have been lobbying for it to be placed on the public record.
The UK royal’s legal team has insisted the civil settlement — which has remained under seal — also shields him and others “from any and all liability” that stem from Giuffre’s accusations.
On Tuesday, Manhattan federal Judges Loretta Preska and Lewis Kaplan signed a joint order outlining plans to make public the document that Andrew’s team submitted in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
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“Mr. Epstein, as is well known, is deceased. The Document is well known to Ms. Giuffre,” the judges wrote, noting it has also “been available to all parties in this case for some time.”
“We question whether any proper purpose would be served by the continued secrecy of the document save, perhaps, the dollar amount the settlement provided it for,” the judges wrote.
They gave a Dec. 22 deadline to show “good cause” to keep it secret or “the Court will file the entire Document on the public record on or about January 3, 2022.”
In her suit against the embattled royal, Giuffre claims she was ordered by Epstein or his alleged cohort, Ghislaine Maxwell, to engage in sex acts with Andrew at least three times in London, New York and the Virgin Islands in 2001 when she was 17.
The middle son of UK monarch Queen Elizabeth II has long vehemently denied Giuffre’s claims, including during a disastrous UK TV interview that led to him being booted from royal duties.
After repeatedly dodging attempts to be served Giuffre’s lawsuit, he has fought to get the complaint thrown out, claiming his accuser was herself a sex trafficker and arguing that she was not underage at the time she claims she was forced to have sex with him.