The royal’s authorized group has argued the sexual assault case towards him needs to be dismissed, with bombshell claims made concerning the girl who filed it.
Prince Andrew has began his bid to dismiss the intercourse assault lawsuit towards him by accusing his alleged sufferer of “profiting” from the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
The Duke of York’s US lawyer, Andrew Brettler, filed a movement to dismiss the civil case introduced by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
As an “alternative”, he additionally requested a New York court docket to compel her to supply “a more definitive statement of her allegations”.
But in sturdy feedback, he accused intercourse trafficking sufferer Virginia of profiting from the Epstein scandal.
Mr Brettler stated: “For over a decade, Giuffre has profited from her allegations against Epstein and others by selling stories and photographs to the press and entering into secret agreements to resolve her claims against her alleged abusers, including Epstein and his ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.
“Most people could only dream of obtaining the sums of money that Giuffre has secured for herself over the years.
“This presents a compelling motive for Giuffre to continue filing frivolous lawsuits against individuals such as Prince Andrew, whose sullied reputation is only the latest collateral damage of the Epstein scandal.”
He stated the 38-year-old filed the lawsuit as a result of she was out for one more “payday”.
Mr Brettler continued: “Accusing a member of the world’s best known royal family of serious misconduct has helped Giuffre create a media frenzy online and in the traditional press.
“It is unfortunate, but undeniable, that sensationalism and innuendo have prevailed over the truth.
“Giuffre has initiated this baseless lawsuit against Prince Andrew to achieve another payday at his expense and at the expense of those closest to him.”
Mr Brettler stated Andrew “unequivocally” denied Virginia’s claims.
He stated: “Without diminishing the harm suffered as a result of Epstein’s alleged misconduct, Prince Andrew never sexually abused or assaulted Giuffre.
“He unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.”
Andrew’s defence group cited a clause in a 2009 settlement between Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein, in a bid to dismiss her lawsuit.
The secret settlement is stated to launch attorneys, workers, brokers and heirs from legal responsibility in reference to the Epstein case – however Andrew is claiming it stretches to him too.
Mr Brettler stated in his court docket filing final night time: “As part of the settlement, (Virginia) agreed to release Epstein and numerous other individuals and entities from any and all liability arising from their alleged misconduct.”
At a court docket listening to final month, Brettler claimed the clause “absolves” his consumer – including that the lawsuit going through the royal was “baseless, non-viable and potentially unlawful”.
Virginia, 38, alleges that she was abused by the duke 3 times whereas underage, in London, New York and on Epstein’s personal island within the Caribbean.
Her sensational lawsuit, filed in New York in August, accused the duke of intercourse assault and even “rape in the first degree”.
The case – which could possibly be fought properly into 2022, if it goes to trial – look set to overwhelm the duke through the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 12 months and shred his already battered repute.
But his authorized group reckon the confidential Epstein doc may get Andrew off the hook for the lawsuit with out having to go to a civil trial.
The settlement was reached throughout a civil settlement between intercourse trafficker Epstein and Virginia in 2009, ten years earlier than the billionaire paedophile killed himself in jail.
Its precise wording has not been launched publicly.
Virginia’s authorized group consider the settlement has no relevance to Andrew and won’t cease her lawsuit.
The mum-of-three’s lawyer, David Boies, agreed to share the Epstein settlement settlement with Andrew’s authorized group, insisting it might be “irrelevant to the case” towards him.
Mr Boies wrote earlier this month: “There is no evidence from any of the parties to the release, or Prince Andrew, that the release was ever intended to include Prince Andrew, and we believe the evidence will be that it wasn’t.”
A spokesman for Andrew refused to remark final night time.
This story initially appeared on The Sun and is reproduced right here with permission