Prince Andrew’s legal team would not comment on a New York judge’s decision to allow Virginia Giuffre to continue her abuse case against the prince. The lawyers for the son of the British Queen had tried in vain to prevent this.
According to 38-year-old Giuffre, Andrew abused her in 2001 at the age of 17. The American said she was brought to the United Kingdom to have sex with Andrew as a teenager. Giuffre was then in the company of wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was friends with Andrew. She demands financial compensation from Andrew for the emotional damage she allegedly suffered.
The prince’s lawyers had argued that Giuffre does not have a case because she struck a deal with Epstein in 2009. It states that she was given half a million dollars and may not file any complaints against Epstein and his entourage in return. However, the judge ruled on Wednesday that that agreement does not constitute an obstacle and that Giuffre may continue her case.
The British royal family has already said it will not respond to the news.