A November 2009 $500,000 settlement agreement between Jeffrey Epstein and an American woman by the name of Virginia Roberts (who now goes by Virginia Giuffre) was made public earlier in January, which Giuffre is the same woman who this past August filed a lawsuit against Prince Andrew alleging a sexual assault that occurred when she was a minor.
However, attorneys representing Prince Andrew proclaim that this November 2009 settlement agreement with Epstein contains a provision that shields Prince Andrew from being sued by Giuffre.
Back in August of 2021, Giuffre had filed a lawsuit against Prince Andrew in Manhattan federal court, alleging that she was sexually assaulted by him when she was only 17-years-old. At the time of the suit being filed, Giuffre said that the effort was to hold “Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me.”
“The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions. I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to reclaim one’s life by speaking out and demanding justice.”
Giuffre claims the series of alleged sexual assaults transpired back in 2001, being facilitated in part via Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, and has been naming Prince Andrew for years prior to the August 2021 lawsuit.
During a 2019 interview with the BBC, Prince Andrew said he’d never sexually assaulted Giuffre, adding that he has “no recollection” of ever meeting her and asserted that there are “a number of things that are wrong” with what Giuffre claims to have happened.
“I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened.”
Come October of 2021, Andrew Brettler, Prince Andrew’s attorney, requested that U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan keep sealed the 2009 settlement agreement between Epstein and Giuffre, which Brettler proclaimed at the time could protect Prince Andrew from being subjected to a lawsuit by Giuffre.
While Brettler maintains that “Andrew never sexually abused or assaulted Giuffre” this 2009 settlement agreement between the now-deceased Epstein and Giuffre contains a vague paragraph that Prince Andrew’s attorney appears to be alluding to regarding the legal protections from Giuffre’s lawsuit.
“Virginia Roberts…for and in consideration of the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars…received from or on behalf of Jeffrey Epstein…HEREBY remise, release, acquit, satisfy, and forever discharge the said Second Parties and any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant.”
Brettler is actively trying to have the lawsuit dismissed against his client, claiming that Giuffre is trying “to achieve 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.”
Oral arguments over the request by Prince Andrew’s attorney to have the case dismissed will take place on January 4th.