Some days ago, a federal judge in New York City, Lewis A. Kaplan, refused to dismiss a sexual assault case charged against Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and a member of the British royal family.
The lawsuit was filed by Virginia Giuffre, who alleged that she was sexually trafficked and abused by the royal when she was a minor. In the ruling by Kaplan, he said the complaints were neither unintelligible nor ambiguous.
He said the lawsuits contained clear incidents of sexual abuse in certain circumstances at three discrete locations. He also claimed that the contents identified whom the sexual abuse was targeted.
It appears that the accused and his relatives wanted the case to be dismissed, but the judge didn’t give in. Here’s a story that highlights the brief of the incidents according to the victim and response of the accused.
Giuffre Explained How The Incidents Happened
In the lawsuit filed by Giuffre, she explained that the late Jeffrey Epstein trafficked and compelled her to sleep with his friends, including the Duke of York. She also added that the Duke was aware that she was a minor at the time.
She claimed that the prince sexually harassed her at Epstein’s private island in the United States Virgin Islands. She alleged that he also abused her at his house in Manhattan and his former girlfriend’s mansion in London.
The Duke denied these allegations against him and made some moves to dismiss the lawsuit. News outlets reached out to his attorneys to get further details about the incident. The following legal proceedings from the judge might affect the royal palace.
The concurrent allegations against Andrew, the 61-year-old current Duke of York, have tarnished his public image. It also made him take a step back from royal duties two years ago.
As it stands, Andrew has about six months to answer those questions about the assault case under oath. This decision follows a ruling made by the federal judge sometime last year.
The Reaction From The Royal Palace
If the time given to Andrew is elapsed and there is no response from him or his attorneys, it means the case is not settled, and he will have to face a trial that will likely take place between September and December 2022.
The royal palace refused to comment, emphasizing not giving opinions on an ongoing legal issue. The victim’s attorney, Sigrid McCawley, commented, commending the judge’s ruling as a step forward in advocating justice.
The lawsuit got its roots from some disturbing allegations against the late financier, Epstein, a rich sex offender who befriended so many powerful men even while having a very rough history.
Epstein pleaded guilty to some prostitution counts a few decades ago but was later indicted in mid-2019 for sex trafficking charges. The prosecutors accused him of several charges, including the sexual molestation of minors.
Epstein Died In Prison
For decades, Epstein was accused of trafficking young girls to his properties in popular cities like New York, Florida, and New Mexico. When he got indicted and was about to face trial, he died by suicide in prison.
His former girlfriend, Maxwell, was also arrested as a close associate and a co-conspirator of such notorious acts. She was also accused of facilitating the abuse scheme the whole time. A federal jury convicted her of five counts a month ago.
The counts included sex trafficking and conspiracy. On the day of Maxwell’s trial, Giuffre was not part of the testifiers, but somehow, her name got mentioned in the trial when one of the victims testified that she recruited her to visit Epstein in Florida.
What Kaplan Did By Refusing To Dismiss The Case
Ruling the case some days ago was Kaplan giving the go-ahead for both parties to continue with the case. When he gave the ruling, he didn’t point out the facts and valid statements associated with the case.
Andrew’s attorneys argued that the lawsuit Giuffre filed violated the terms in her agreement with Epstein in Florida. In the agreement, which was released some days ago, Giuffre was offered $500,000 by Epstein to drop the case.
He paid her off to drop any lawsuits without further admission of fault or wrongdoings. Andrew’s name didn’t come up as a party in the settlement agreement. However, Giuffre’s attorney defended the victim that the agreement is irrelevant to the matter on the ground.
David Boles, the attorney, further explained that Andrew was unaware of every settlement agreement, so the rule in the agreement does not apply to him. Kaplan tried his best to be neutral in his ruling, giving fair points to both parties.