A deal reached between an accuser of Prince Andrew of the United Kingdom and notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been released as part of her lawsuit alleging the British royal of sexual assault.
Virginia Giuffre, one of the highest-profile accusers of Epstein, who was long suspected of operating child sex trafficking schemes into which he roped his wealthy and powerful friends.
She has accused Andrew of sexually assaulting her when she was just 17 in a series of incidents orchestrated by Epstein and his recently convicted accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell.
The royal has consistently denied her accusations and is now facing a civil suit seeking damages for the alleged assault.
However, his attorneys now argue that Giuffre cannot sue him based on a deal she made with Epstein in 2009 to end civil litigation.
A document released by the New York court that is hearing the case reveals that Giuffre was paid $500,000 by Epstein if she agreed not to sue him or any “potential defendants,” which Prince Andrew’s attorneys means she cannot sue him, the BBC reported.
According to the document, Giuffre agreed not to “release, acquit, satisfy, and forever discharge” Epstein and “any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant.”
In the 2009 claim ended by this agreement, Giuffre’s attorneys accused Epstein of abusing her and trafficking her among his influential friends.
“In addition to being continually exploited to satisfy defendant’s [Epstein] every sexual whim, [Ms Giuffre] was also required to be sexually exploited by defendant’s adult male peers, including royalty, politicians, academicians, businessmen and or other professional and personal acquaintances,” the attorneys argued.
The case never went to trial after the settlement Epstein reached with Giuffre, although the details of the arrangement have not been made public until now.
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