“Ms Giuffre’s complaint is neither ‘unintelligible’ nor ‘vague’ nor ‘ambiguous,'” Judge Lewis Kaplan wrote in the ruling. “He alleges discreet incidents of sexual abuse under specific circumstances at three identifiable locations. He identifies to whom he attributes this sexual abuse.”
Giuffre alleged in the lawsuit that the late financier Jeffrey Epstein had tricked her into having sex with her friends, including the Prince, and that Andrew knew she was underage (17) in the United States at the time.
Prince Andrew denied the allegations and decided to dismiss the lawsuit.
Her attorneys have argued that her lawsuit violated the terms of her 2009 settlement agreement with Epstein in Florida, in which she agreed to a “general discharge” of claims against Epstein and others. The settlement, which was made public last week, shows that Epstein paid Giuffre $ 500,000 to drop the case without any admission of liability or fault. The prince’s name does not appear explicitly as a party.
Giuffre’s attorney David Boies said the settlement was irrelevant to his claim against the prince, noting that Andrew was unaware at the time and did not apply to him.
The royal could face a trial date between September and December 2022. Long-standing allegations against Andrew have already significantly tarnished his public reputation, and he stepped down from royal duties in late 2019.
Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to prostitution charges, was indicted on federal sex trafficking charges in July 2019. Prosecutors accused him of running a program of sexual abuse of underage girls for years. decades, but he died by suicide in prison before he could face a trial.
Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend and close associate, was arrested in 2020 and charged with facilitating Epstein’s abuse program. A federal jury sentenced her in December on five federal counts, including sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy.
Giuffre was not one of the four women who testified at Maxwell’s trial that they had been abused. Still, she was mentioned in the lawsuit when Carolyn, one of the victims, said Giuffre recruited her to come to Epstein’s home in Palm Beach, Florida.
This is a developing story and will be updated.