Virginia Giuffre: Prince Andrew accuser’s deal with Jeffrey Epstein to be released


An agreement between Virginia Giuffre and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, which could be key to a civil case involving the Duke of York, is to be made public for the first time later. The 2009 settlement between Epstein and Ms Giuffre is to be released on Monday after an order by judges in the US. Prince Andrew’s lawyers believe it could release him from liability in the case brought by Ms Giuffre, who accuses him of sexual assault when she was 17. He has consistently denied the claims. Andrew B Brettler, who represents the duke, had argued at a previous hearing that the “settlement agreement” would end Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit against Andrew. The settlement was reached between Ms Giuffre, also known as Virginia Roberts, and the prince’s former friend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019. Mr Brettler had previously told a New York hearing the agreement “releases Prince Andrew and others from any purported liability arising from the claims Ms Giuffre asserted against Prince Andrew here”.(BBC)…[+]