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Sex Abuse Case Against Prince Andrew Formally Dismissed

Sex Abuse Case Against Prince Andrew Formally Dismissed

A judge dismissed the sex abuse lawsuit against Britain’s Prince Andrew on Tuesday, three weeks after lawyers for the American woman who filed it reached a deal calling for the prince to make a substantial donation to his accuser’s charity and declare he never meant to malign her character. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan signed court papers dismissing the August lawsuit after lawyers on both sides asked him to do so earlier in the day. The judge had given them until March 17th to complete the deal or he would set a trial date.

The prince’s lawyers revealed three weeks ago that they had tentatively agreed to a settlement in which Andrew would make a donation to Virginia Guiffre’s charity and make the declaration about her character. Andrew has always strenuously denied Giuffre’s allegations after they became public as a result of her lawsuit accusing the British royal of sexually abusing her while she traveled with financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2001 when she was 17.

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According to his statement, Prince Andrew acknowledged that Epstein trafficked “countless young girls” over many years and said the prince “regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others.” The statement continues to meet the judge’s demands: “Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights. Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms. Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks.” Andrew also “pledged to support the victims of sex trafficking” as part of demonstrating his regret.

Andrew — who had already stepped back from royal duties — was recently stripped of his honorary military titles and roles and leadership of various charities, known as royal patronages. He also can no longer use the title “His Royal Highness” in official settings.

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