Prince Andrew’s lawyer has asked a New York justice to support sealed a 2009 ineligible statement that helium says tin support the prince against a lawsuit’s claims that helium sexually assaulted an American pistillate erstwhile she was nether 18.
The petition was made successful tribunal papers successful Manhattan national court, wherever the US territory justice Lewis A Kaplan is presiding implicit an August suit filed connected behalf of Virginia Giuffre. The suit said the prince abused her connected aggregate occasions successful 2001 erstwhile she was 17 and a insignificant nether US law.
Attorney Andrew Brettler, representing Andrew, said helium is preparing written arguments to inquire that the suit beryllium dismissed and wants to see nether seal an statement which helium contends bars the suit against Andrew. Brettler has called the suit “baseless”.
He besides requested to redact immoderate portions of his arguments that uncover accusation successful the agreement.
Brettler said neither the prince nor Giuffre contend that the merchandise statement indispensable stay sealed, but they wanted to inquire that it enactment concealed due to the fact that it is taxable to a protective bid from different justice presiding implicit a national civilian enactment successful New York.
The statement was reached betwixt Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein, who was recovered dormant astatine property 66 successful his compartment successful 2019 portion awaiting a enactment trafficking proceedings astatine a New York national jail. His decease was ruled a suicide.
Brettler said the statement “releases Prince Andrew and others from immoderate purported liability arising from the claims Ms Giuffre asserted against Prince Andrew here”.
A pretrial proceeding pertaining to the suit is scheduled for adjacent week.
In precocious 2019, Andrew told the BBC that helium ne'er had enactment with Giuffre, saying, “It didn’t happen.”
Earlier this month, British constabulary announced that they won’t instrumentality immoderate enactment against the prince aft conducting a reappraisal prompted by Giuffre’s claims. They besides said nary enactment would effect from allegations that Epstein’s alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, trafficked, groomed and abused women and girls successful the UK.
Maxwell, a British socialite and Epstein’s onetime girlfriend, goes to proceedings successful November successful New York connected enactment trafficking charges. She has pleaded not guilty.
The Associated Press does not typically place radical who accidental they are victims of intersexual battle unless they take to travel guardant publicly, arsenic Giuffre has done.