A 2009 settlement agreement between the late financier Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre, who accused him of sexual abuse, was made public on Monday as part of Giuffre’s civil lawsuit against Britain’s Prince Andrew.
The agreement said Giuffre would be paid $500,000 as part of the deal. It provided a release for ‘any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant’ against various claims made by Giuffre.
US District Judge Lewis Kaplan will now have to decide whether that clause blocks Giuffre’s lawsuit against the royal, who she alleges forced her to have sex with him two decades ago when she was 17.
Lawyers for the Duke have claimed that the agreement would prevent Giuffre from continuing the battery lawsuit she filed against him in 2020 because it absolved him of liability for future cases.
Andrew has denied the allegations and is seeking to dismiss the lawsuit. A hearing over his motion to dismiss is scheduled for Tuesday.
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