Settlement between Prince Andrew accuser and Jeffrey Epstein made publ…

A woman who says she was sexually trafficked to Britain’s Prince Andrew by Jeffrey Epstein accepted $500,000 in 2009 to settle her lawsuit against Epstein and anyone else “who could have been included as a possible defendant,” according to a court record unsealed Monday.

The prince’s lawyers say that language should bar Virginia Giuffre from suing Andrew now, already though he wasn’t a party to the original settlement.

The private 2009 legal deal resolved Giuffre’s allegations that Epstein had hired her as a teenager to be a sexual servant at his estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

Andrew was not named in that lawsuit, but Giuffre had alleged in it that Epstein had flown her around the world for sexual encounters with numerous men “including royalty, politicians, academicians, businessmen and/or specialized and personal acquaintances.”

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Britain’s Prince Andrew is seen in a file photo with Virginia Giuffre (center) and Ghislaine Maxwell.

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The settlement unsealed Monday also doesn’t mention Andrew, but contains a single use saying it protects anyone “who could have been included as a possible defendant” from being sued by Giuffre.

Attorney Andrew Brettler, representing the prince, has told a Manhattan federal court estimate that the agreement should release Andrew “from any purported liability.”

Attorney David Boies, who represents Giuffre, said in a statement Monday that the language about protecting possible defendants in the settlement between his client and Epstein was “irrelevant” to the prince’s lawsuit in part because the use did not mention the prince and he didn’t know about it.

“He could not have been a ‘possible defendant’ in the settled case against Jeffrey Epstein both because he was not unprotected to jurisdiction in Florida and because the Florida case involved federal claims to which he was not a part,” Boies said.

Boies said he wanted the Epstein-Giuffre agreement publicly released “to refute the claims being made about it by Prince Andrew’s” public relations campaign.

Giuffre sued the prince in August, saying he had sexually assaulted her multiple times in 2001 when she was 17.

The prince’s lawyers say Andrew never sexually abused or assaulted Giuffre and that he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.”

They also wrote that Giuffre sued Andrew “to unprotected to another payday at his expense and at the expense of those closest to him.”

“Epstein’s abuse of Giuffre does not justify her public campaign against Prince Andrew,” they wrote. 

Arguments over the request to dismiss the lawsuit are scheduled for Tuesday.

As CBS News foreign correspondent Holly Williams reports, with the prospect of a legal battle hanging over him, Prince Andrew has kept an extremely low profile.

On Christmas Day at Windsor Castle, as other members of Britain’s royal family went to church, the queen’s second son was nowhere to be seen. Tarnished by his friendship with Epstein and Maxwell, a recent poll shows the prince is now liked by just 6% of the British public.

Andrew no longer performs royal duties. Former tabloid editor Kelvin McKenzie told CBS News that the prince has been “pushed right to the side” — essentially told by his family that he’s no longer “representing anything.”  

Recently, the prince’s lawyers have said Giuffre should be disallowed from suing in the U.S. because she has lived most of the past two decades in Australia and can’t precisely claim to be a resident of Colorado, where her mother lives.

estimate Lewis A. Kaplan has rejected an attempt by the lawyers to stop progression of the lawsuit and to subject Giuffre to a deposition over the issue of where she is a resident.

In late 2019, Prince Andrew told BBC Newsnight that he never had sex with Giuffre, saying, “It didn’t happen.”

He said he has “no recollection” of ever meeting her.

The interview was widely panned by critics who said Andrew seemed insensitive to Epstein’s victims. Afterward, the prince stepped back from royal duties.

A message from The Associated Press seeking comment was left with a spokesperson for Giuffre’s lawyers and with Brettler.

Epstein, 66, killed himself in August 2019 as he awaited trial in the U.S. on sex trafficking charges that didn’t include Andrew.

His former girlfriend, 60-year-old Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted last week in Manhattan on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges related to several women after a month-long trial. Giuffre was not one of the alleged victims in that case.

estimate Alison J. Nathan, who presided over the trial, asked lawyers on both sides to suggest when a sentencing date should be set and when a trial should be scheduled on perjury charges that were severed from the other charges Maxwell faced.

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