A judge from New York rejected this Wednesday the arguments of Prince Andrew of England, that he had asked to archive the lawsuit of a woman who accused him of sexually abusing her in 2001, when she was 17 years old, so in principle the case will go to trial.
In his decision, Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that the prince’s petition to dismiss the civil lawsuit, filed last summer by Virginia Giuffre, one of the victims of American financier Jeffrey Epstein, it must be “denied in all respects”.
The 61-year-old Queen of England’s second son’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein has been causing him trouble for a long time.
Jeffrey he committed suicide in jail in 2019, and a jury recently found her ex-partner and friend Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of trafficking in minors for sexual purposes.
The prince’s defense argued that Giuffre had signed an agreement with the US financier in 2009 not to sue him or “other potential defendants.”
The judge rejected it, in a decision that is dated Tuesday but was made public this Wednesday. The prince always denied Virginia Giuffre’s accusations. If all Andrés’ resources fail, the civil trial could take place “between September and December” upcoming, Judge Kaplan had reported.