Prince Andrew settles sex abuse case with Virginia Giuffre with help from Queen Elizabeth

On Tuesday, a signed agreement to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s civil sexual abuse case against Prince Andrew was filed in Manhattan Federal Court. The document still requires one more signature from U.S District Judge Lewis Kaplan in order to be finalized.

The one-page letter states, “Plaintiff Virginia Giuffre and defendant Prince Andrew, Duke of York, hereby stipulate to the dismissal of this action, with prejudice.” Both sides announced this settlement agreement on February 15, about one month before Prince Andrew was scheduled to give his deposition in court.

 Last August, Giuffre alleged that she was sexually abused by Prince Andrew on three occasions at the bidding of Jeffrey Epstein. Giuffre was a minor under the age of 18 at the time.

Though the settlement amount wasn’t officially disclosed, the Daily Telegraph reported the amount was $16.3 million. The news outlet also alleges that Queen Elizabeth II contributed $3 million, with part of the payout going to Giuffre’s charity.

In the settlement agreement letter, the Duke states, “It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years. Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others.”

Prince Andrew has consistently denied any involvement with Giuffre, but the allegations against him resulted in his being stripped of his royal patronages and public duties. His name has become synonymous with Epstein and his former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.

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