Prince Andrew will have to face a civil case of sexual assault after a ruling in the United States against him

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in London in 2011.

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York, failed in his attempt to get a United States judge to dismiss a civil case alleging that he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre, one of the victims of American millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who died in 2019.

Giuffre sued the prince claiming he abused her when she was 17 years old.

Lawyers for the Duke of York said the case should be dismissed, citing a 2009 settlement she signed with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But a New York judge ruled that the lawsuit pcan be heard.

Prince Andrew has always denied the allegations.

The motion to dismiss the lawsuit was outlined in a 46-page decision by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

In court documents, Giuffre said she was a victim of sex trafficking and abuse by the late billionaire financier Epstein.

Part of his abuse involved the will send on loan to other powerful menhe alleges.

Prince Andrew, the queen’s second son, said in an interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019 that he did not recall meeting Virginia Giuffre, and that what he related about having sex “did not happen.”

The prince’s lawyers argued that Giuffre agreed in court in 2009 not to sue anyone else related to Epstein. when he settled his claim for damages against the tycoon, who was found dead in his cell in August 2019.

During a virtual hearing they said that the Duke of York was a “potential defendant” as defined by the settlement, and that the case “should be dismissed”.

For his part, Giuffre’s lawyer said that only the parties to the settlement agreement could benefit from it, and not a “third party.”

In his decision, Judge Kaplan said that “it cannot be said” that the agreement covers the Duke of York.

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