Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein’s claims that he was protected from legal liability under a secret agreement were questioned on Monday after the deal was finally made public.
The 2009 agreement was sealed by two New York federal judges presiding over Giuffre’s lawsuit against the kingdom and a separate lawsuit he filed against his lawyer, Alan Dershowitz.
Attorneys for the Duke of York argued that Epstein’s deal with Giuffre covered him against a potential lawsuit because he claimed he had been sold to the “kingdom” in his original lawsuit against Epstein.
“As a high-ranking member of the British royal family, Prince Andrew, along with politicians, academics, businessmen and other alleged individuals, falls into one of the clearest categories of persons released under contract, the royalty. With Epstein, ”Andrew Brettler, Andrew’s lawyer, wrote in his Oct. 29 motion for denial.
But the release agreement, announced Monday, did not mention royalties, politicians or businessmen – only “other potential defendants” who could be released from liability under its terms.
The contract “exempts any other person or legal entity that may be added as a potential defendant (” Other Potential Defendants “) from all and any actions and acts of Virginia Roberts, including state or federal, for reasons and reasons.” in accordance with the terms.
Giuffre’s attorney, David Boyce, said the deal was not related to a civil lawsuit filed by his client, Andrew, last year.
“As we said from the beginning, the release has nothing to do with Ms. Giuffre’s lawsuit against Prince Andrew. The release did not mention Prince Andrew. He didn’t even know about it, ”Boys said in a statement Monday.
“He could not have been a‘ potential defendant ’in the case against Jeffrey Epstein because he did not have jurisdiction in Florida because the Florida case was related to federal lawsuits because he did not participate,” he said.
Other of Epstein’s associates argued that the secret release agreement would prevent Giuffre from taking legal action against them.
The newly sealed document also revealed that Epstein paid Giuffre $ 500,000 as part of the bill.
Giuffre sued Andrew in Manhattan, claiming that he had sex with her at least three times in London, New York, and on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.
According to the suit, Maxwell forced Giuffre to sit on Andrew’s knee when he touched Epstein’s palace in New York.
“During this meeting, Maxwell forced the plaintiff, the child, and another victim to sit on his knees when Prince Andrew touched him. During his visit to New York, Prince Andrew accused the plaintiff of having sex against his will. “forced to do so,” the lawsuit said.
Giuffre said he was “afraid of death or physical injury” if he did not obey Epstein and Maxwell’s orders, the lawsuit said.
Maxwell was indicted on December 29 in Manhattan federal court on charges of sex trafficking and other charges. He could face up to 65 years in prison with his sentence.