Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Prince Andrew To Face Civil Sex Assault Case After US Ruling

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BBC News:-  Prince Andrew is to face a civil case in the US over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman when she was 17.

Virginia Giuffre is suing the prince, claiming he abused her in 2001.

His lawyers said the case should be thrown out, citing a 2009 deal she signed with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But a New York judge ruled that the claim could be heard.

He has consistently denied the claims. Buckingham Palace said it would not comment on an ongoing legal matter.

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The motion to dismiss the lawsuit was outlined in a 46-page decision by Judge Lewis A Kaplan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

It means the case against the Duke of York, 61, could be heard later this year.
In court documents, Ms Giuffre said she was the victim of sex trafficking and abuse by late billionaire financier Epstein.

Part of her abuse involved being lent out to other powerful men, she alleges.

Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second son, said in an interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019 that he had no recollection of ever meeting Virginia Giuffre, and her account of them having sex “didn’t happen”.

His lawyers had argued that Ms Giuffre agreed in court in 2009 not to sue anyone else connected to Epstein when she settled her damages claim against the billionaire sex offender.

During a virtual hearing they said the Duke of York was a “potential defendant” as defined by the agreement and the case “should be dismissed”.

Ms Giuffre’s lawyer said only the parties of the settlement agreement could benefit from it, and not a “third party”.

In his decision, Judge Kaplan said the agreement “cannot be said” to benefit the Duke of York.

He said his ruling did not consider the “defendant’s efforts to cast doubt on the truth of Ms Giuffre’s allegations, even though his efforts would be permissible at trial”.

He added: “In a similar vein and for similar reasons, it is not open to the court now to decide, as a matter of fact, just what the parties to the release in the 2009 settlement agreement signed by Ms Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein actually meant.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I note that some of St. Lucia’s pedophiles (not ‘bend down’) have used the opportunity of this article to come out of the closet.

    I’m guessing that it offered them a few minutes to assuage their life-long guilt; by advocating for the presumptive innocence of a key (but now expendable) operative in the CIA’s & MI6’s & Mossad’s global campaign to shanghai minor girls into having illicit sex with men & women, whose great wealth and power were still overwhelmed by their juvenile insecurities.

    The “suiciding” of Epstein and the prosecution of Maxwell represent the inevitable steps that the “intelligence” services had to take to tie up the loose ends for the world titans over whom they held ‘kompromat’, but more importantly to provide assurance that their nefarious activities could continue unabated against a never-ending crop of targets to be.

  2. Most of these women are lieing now they are old, used up, divorced and ugly (in some cases). I don’t believe most of them but I really do feel bad for the legitimate cases.

  3. What about the art teacher here …the big name who was wiggly with the little boys here? Has he skipped town yet. Smh. The law is only for the poor, here.

  4. To be charged for a little Ti-baggai because she was 17, boy for that alone, I would be locked up for 100 years; but I have repented, and I am free. Back then when I was a boy, no girl ever came forward claiming rape; most of the time she is to blame really, the only witnesses, her best friends.

  5. These women ALWAYS do this is not even surprising at this point, when you were 17 and some how he isn’t jail for when it happened. Any case of sexual assault that doesn’t happen in this current year should not be valid

  6. Most of these American women Does that to Destroy Wealthy Men Reputation especially Black men .I am Surprise its a White man She’s taking to Court. Based on the years of that allegation the Case Should be Dismissed at the Courts

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