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The woman, who claimed Jeffrey Epstein had sex with Prince Andrew, agreed to pay Epstein $ 500,000 in 2009 and agreed not to sue him or any other “potential defendant,” according to a court document sealed Monday.

Attorneys for the Duke of York say the agreement between defendant Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Epstein should now bar Giuffre from suing Andrew.

A federal judge in New York is expected to hear evidence in Andrew’s motion to dismiss the case in a virtual court hearing on Tuesday.

Giuffre’s attorney, David Boyce, said the 2009 deal was “irrelevant” to the lawsuit against Andrew because it did not mention the prince’s name. He said in a statement Monday that Giuffre’s team was seeking to make the deal public to refute Andrew’s argument that he had indirectly released him from responsibility.

“He could not have been a ‘potential defendant’ in the case against Jeffrey Epstein because he was not subject to jurisdiction in Florida and the Florida case was related to federal lawsuits because he did not participate,” Boys said in a statement. . . “The real aspects of freedom have made it clear that Prince Andrew is not covered by this.”

Andrew’s attorneys sought to release the 2009 deal after Giuffre filed a lawsuit against the prince last summer. The deal came as a result of Giuffre’s lawsuit in Florida, in which he claimed that Epstein had hired him to provide sexual services to Epstein on his Palm Beach property as a teenager.

Andrew Brettler of Los Angeles, Andrew’s chief U.S. attorney, declined to comment on the post. But he insisted in court documents that the agreement should exempt Andrew from “any liability.”

Virginia Roberts Giuffre with her attorney, David Boys, at a press conference in front of a Manhattan court in New York, Aug. 27, 2019.

Giuffre, a 38-year-old American from Florida, is suing 61-year-old Andrew for rape and sexual assault. He said Andrew’s ex-friend Epstein had sex with the prince in 2001 at the age of 17 at Epstein’s home in Manhattan, and the prince knew he was being trafficked at the time.

Prince Giuffre has vehemently denied the allegations since he began publicizing them in January 2015. Andrew’s lawyers attacked Giuffre’s lawsuit on a number of grounds, claiming that the allegations were false and that his claim was “for another salary at his expense.”

“Epstein’s abuse of Giuffre does not justify his public campaign against Prince Andrew,” Brettler said in a court document.

Lawyers for Queen Elizabeth II’s second son also say Giuffre’s claim should be rejected because he has been a resident of Australia for more than two decades and therefore has no jurisdiction over the court. The prince’s legal team claims that Giuffre has an Australian driver’s license and, according to court documents, lives with her three children and an Australian husband in a $ 1.9 million house in Perth, Western Australia.

They also claim that 17 years of age in New York is the age of consent, and therefore Giuffre cannot cite the New York Child Victims Act in his claim.

So far, Andrew’s attempts to immediately dismiss the lawsuit have been rejected by Manhattan District Judge Lewis Kaplan. He set a date for a potential trial on the case in the last quarter of 2022 due to a coronavirus pandemic.

Prince Andrew attends a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of Brugge’s release on September 7, 2019 in Belgium.

The trial on Tuesday comes after Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Gisleyn Maxwell, who is also a longtime friend of Andrew’s, was convicted of six counts of felony criminal mischief. was found guilty of five counts, including sexual trafficking and conspiracy. Long court in Manhattan.

Epstein, a wealthy financier who was the original target of a federal investigation into a sex trafficking suspect, was arrested in July 2019. According to federal authorities, he was found dead a month later in a Manhattan jail cell with a clear suicide.

Technically, Maxwell’s conviction would play no role in the civil suit, but that was not good news for Andrew’s case and damaged his reputation in the UK.

In 2019, when he took part in a disastrous interview with the BBC about Giuffre, Andrew said that although the photos he took with them were widely circulated on the internet, he did not remember ever meeting him. Since then, he has been practically abolished as a member of the great kingdom, and has been forced to renounce public duties and charitable associations. Being involved with two criminals who are having sex doesn’t help.

Giuffre was not summoned to testify in Maxwell’s trial, although he had a high reputation as an accuser of Epstein and Maxwell, and he successfully sued for libel. So far, none of his lawsuits against Andrew or the other individuals he is accused of have been openly resolved in criminal or civil court, and many of Epstein-related lawsuits have been sealed and sealed.

Giuffre’s name was mentioned several times in Maxwell’s court, including when a witness named “Caroline” testified that he introduced her to Epstein at his home in Florida for a sexual massage. He said Giuffre, then known as Virginia Roberts, had sex with Epstein in front of him and then each girl received $ 100.

Andrew’s name emerged as a man seen in the company of Epstein and Maxwell. But there was no evidence in Maxwell’s court that he was involved in the illegal activity.

After Giuffre filed a lawsuit, Andrew tried to argue at his home in Windsor that the documents had not been properly submitted to him, but Kaplan ruled against him on the matter.

However, Giuffre’s lawyers demanded that Andrew provide medical documents proving that he was “incapable of sweating medically,” citing Andrew’s claim in an interview with the BBC that he had not been able to sweat for many years. ‘came out against the vassal. had to have sex with him in London.

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