Prince Andrew and Virginia Guiffre have reached a settlement. She alleges that he raped her three times when she was an underage teenager.
Giuffre is perhaps the most publicly-open of the women who say that Jeffrey Epstein sex-trafficked them when they were teenagers, and Prince Andrew isn’t the only public figure she says that Epstein enabled to victimize her. However, Andrew’s case clearly concerned his family, who recently stripped him of the royal titles he held, including Duke of York.
Though the amount of the settlement has not been publicly declared, the New York Times is reporting that a financial settlement was reached, and filed in the case on Tuesday morning.
However, the filing also includes that Prince Andrew will be required to make a “substantial donation” to a charity that fights for the rights of victims. It doesn’t include an admission of guilt, but the agreement comes only weeks before the disgraced royal was due to sit for a deposition and be grilled by Giuffre’s legal team.
Though Jeffrey Epstein died in jail awaiting trial on charges related to sex-trafficking, the allegations haven’t gone away. Now justice is being sought through a series of other cases, including against his associate Ghislaine Maxwell, who was found guilty on sex-trafficking charges, and this case against Prince Andrew.
Andrew had previously sought to attack Giuffre, accusing her, according to the Guardian, of using him for a payday, as well as of aiding Epstein in the enterprise of victimizing other young women and underaged girls. It’s not clear what shifted to move him to settle.
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