Legal document that Prince Andrew?s lawyer hopes will stop sex assault case will remain secret

A judge has agreed to keep a legal agreement between Prince Andrew’s sex assault accuser and Jeffrey Epstein a secret for now but admitted it might eventually be made public.

Lawyers for Virginia Roberts Giuffre had handed over a copy of a “release” signed in 2009 following her legal settlement with sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

Attorneys for Andrew, 61, have reviewed the document and will argue that it makes him exempt from any culpability in her bombshell sex assault claims against him.

 

Andrew Brettler, one of Andrew’s lawyers, made a request to file the document release in secret which was granted on Wednesday, October 27 by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan.

He said the agreement “releases Prince Andrew and others from any purported liability arising from the claims Ms Giuffre asserted against Prince Andrew here”.

 

The judge also added that Epstein’s estate did not state that the settlement to remain sealed.

 

Virginia claims she was sex trafficked to powerful men around the world by Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019.

The 38-year-old is seeking unspecified damages after filing a civil lawsuit in August accusing the Duke of “rape in the first degree”.

She alleges that Prince Andrew, Duke of York sexually assaulted her three times when she was underage – in London, New York and on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.

Andrew vehemently denies the allegations and is to fight her legal claim.

The case continues .