A judge cleared a lawsuit against Prince Andrew on Wednesday by an American woman who says he sexually abused her when she was 17.

US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan wrote in an opinion that Andres’s attorneys failed to successfully challenge the constitutionality of the lawsuit Virginia Giuffre filed against him in August.

His attorneys had said the lawsuit lacked specificity and was disqualified by a 2009 settlement with Jeffrey Epstein’s attorneys.

That lawsuit settlement was reached a decade before Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan jail while awaiting a sex trafficking trial.

Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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