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 Not looking good for Prince Andrew—court awaits!

13.01.22.  When Prince Andrew, Duke of York, first met the flamboyant operator and purveyor of naughty but delicious tidbits, Jeffrey  Epstein, he could not have dreamed, even in the very worst nightmare that such a sex scandal would rise up like the Loch Ness Monster 20 years later to consume his life! One indiscretion, consented or not, has become a legal and media tsunami of destruction!
Prince Andrew failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit accusing the Duke of York of sexually abusing her when she was underage, and being trafficked by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein. In a decision made public on Wednesday, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan said Ms Giuffre, 38, was entitled to pursue claims that the royal battered her and intentionally caused her emotional distress. The judge said it was premature to consider Prince Andrew’s efforts to “cast doubt” on those claims, though the 61-year-old royal could do so at a trial.

Source: Reuters

US judge rejects Prince Andrew’s bid to dismiss sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit

Judge Kaplan said it was also too soon to decide whether Ms Giuffre and Epstein “clearly and unambiguously” intended to release people like Prince Andrew through a 2009 settlement agreement resolving Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit against the late financier.
Lawyers for the Duke of York and Ms Giuffre did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The decision keeps Ms Giuffre’s case against Prince Andrew on track for a trial that Judge Kaplan has said could begin late this year.
While the claims have not been proven and the Prince is not accused of criminal wrongdoing, his ties to Epstein have damaged his reputation and cost him many royal duties.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace declined to comment on Judge Kaplan’s decision.
Prince Andrew has denied Ms Giuffre’s accusations that he forced her to have sex more than two decades ago at a London home of former Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and abused her at Epstein’s properties in Manhattan and the British Virgin Islands.
Epstein killed himself at age 66 in a Manhattan jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted on December 29 of recruiting and grooming girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.
She is seeking a new trial after one juror told media that during jury deliberations he had discussed being a victim of sexual abuse.
Lawsuit allowed to continue
In his 44-page decision, Judge Kaplan said the “muddled” language in Ms Giuffre’s and Epstein’s 2009 settlement agreement suggested that they may have arrived at “something of a middle ground” on whether to shield the Prince or others from future lawsuits.
“We do not know what, if anything, went through the parties’ minds,” Judge Kaplan wrote.
“The parties have articulated at least two reasonable interpretations of the critical language. The agreement therefore is ambiguous.”
Settlement agreements can restrict plaintiffs like Ms Giuffre from pursuing further litigation, even against third parties.
Ms Giuffre was awarded $500,000 in the 2009 settlement.
Judge Kaplan also rejected Prince Andrew’s claim that letting Ms Giuffre sue violated his due process rights under New York’s constitution.
Ms Giuffre had sued the Prince in August, less than a week before the expiration of a state law giving accusers a two-year window to bring claims over alleged child abuse occurring long ago.
Judge Kaplan called that window, which was extended by a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, “a reasonable measure for remedying injustice to victims” of child sex abuse.
Reuters

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  • Xword 13/01/2022, 7:51 am

    Andy might be a right royal prat but if Ms Guiffre (the traumatised-looking young lady in the now infamous pic) got half a mill to keep things out of court then surely that’s it. “Muddled” language is par for the course, especially when sprouting from the mouths of failed lawyers who find themselves perched high behind a bench.

  • Disgruntled 13/01/2022, 7:58 am

    All I have to say is that I have no sympathy for Prince Andrew, Duke of York; None at all whatsoever!
    Now Ms Guiffre is after a quick and big buck; Was she really so innocent?? (it’s a “different” world out here?)

    It seems as if all these blokes in high places everywhere do nothing but chase after and shag whatever they can get their hands on; They need to get real jobs to keep them occupied!!

    • PW 13/01/2022, 8:31 am

      Agree. Is she after cash? I don’t care, these pricks need to understand they can’t swan about thinking they own the world. These cases ought to reign in their habits ahead of possible law suits. Can’t imagine shagging someone younger than my daughters. As for Fergie – what a leech! Him, a spoiled kiddie, and a 1st class fool.

  • BBob 13/01/2022, 8:24 am

    Guiffre is quoted in the Australian as wanting “to send a message that anyone with power and privilege accused of abusing young girls would face legal scrutiny”.
    She was 17 at the time, the legal age for sexual consent where she alleges she was “abused”, far from being a “young girl”. The smiling photo of her with Andrew does not look like someone suffering abuse – I reckon she was a 17yo whore who could hardly believe her luck in getting paid for “doing it”.

    • Maryanne 13/01/2022, 3:10 pm

      She was living the life of Riley and loving it yet the media carp on about her being a victim. Give me a break!

  • Aktosplatz 13/01/2022, 8:34 am

    Sarah Vine of a British Daily, reported that Virginia Roberts subsequently brought a 14 year old girl into that household. Ms Roberts (age 17) and therefore of legal age, could be actually charged with sex trafficking herself.

    Whatever, I personally believe that Virginia Giuffre is after more money. As a legal 17 year old she was behaving like a hooker anyway, so more is good for her.

    It’s not about Andrew’s guilt or innocence, it’s about his keeping a few dirty secrets. Who knows what else he is hiding, and what questions may be asked in court? Ms Giuffre knows, and here, she is blackmailing him.

  • Aktosplatz 13/01/2022, 2:03 pm

    There is more and more discussion (on the radio) about becoming a republic.

    I am in favour of a republic because the Royals have decided to get involved with Climate Change Politics. Prince Andrew’s case is just another feather in the wind.

    This should be no big deal, just make our Governor General the (only) titular Head of State. Merely cut the tie with the UK no other changes needed, except (perhaps) the Flag. That’s a pity because it’s a great looking flag but it is an ‘ensign’ which suggests Australia is no better than a ‘Department’ in British affairs, which is untrue.

    • Maryanne 13/01/2022, 3:16 pm

      Leave our beautiful flag alone. The US state of Hawaii has it on their state flag.

    • Aktosplatz 13/01/2022, 6:09 pm

      Relax Maryanne – I totally agree with you. I did say the Flag looks great. It’s on my car, in fact, ensign or not.

  • davey street 13/01/2022, 9:51 pm

    The judge was appointed by Bill Clinton who appeared on the flight manifest of Jeffrey Epstein’s Lolita Express plane on 26 occasions. It’s called diversion.

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