The lawyers of Prince Andrew of England (61) announced Tuesday that they have reached “an agreement in principle” with Virginia Giuffre (38), the woman who denounced him for sexual abuse when she was a minor.
In a brief addressed to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, the lawyers do not disclose the terms of the agreement, but ask him to “suspend all terms” of the trial, which was scheduled to begin next fall.
This Tuesday Reuters has revealed that within the agreement it has been established that the prince will make a “substantial donation” to Giuffre’s charity and that he has not admitted to having committed any crime.
The amount of the donation has not been publicly specified, but, according to the lawyers of both parties, it will be made in support of the rights of the victims.
“Prince Andrew has never intended to smear Mrs Giuffre’s character, and accepts that she has suffered so much as an established victim of abuse as a result of unfair public attacks,” it was recounted in a filing in federal court. Manhattan.
Giuffre alleges that she was a victim of the late businessman Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking network, which led her to have sex with Elizabeth II’s son when she was 17 years old.
However, the Duke of York has only shown regret for having been involved with the tycoon.
“Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the courage of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others. He pledges to show his remorse for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking.” , and supporting their victims”, was communicated this Tuesday.
The judicial process began after the filing of a civil lawsuit by the victim in a New York court last August. If they did not reach an agreement, the trial could start between September and December of this year.
The Duke of York has always denied the accusations and has said he does not know Giuffre, despite the fact that the media have repeatedly released an old photograph in which he appears grabbing her by the waist with Maxwell in the background, while they all look at the camera.