Presented as the favorite son of Elizabeth II, the Duke of York is involved in the sexual assault scandal linked to American financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died in 2019. A New York judge on Wednesday validated the complaint of an American woman against Prince Andrew for sexual assault in 2001 when she was 17, despite a request to dismiss the second son of the Queen of England.
A New York judge on Wednesday validated an American woman’s complaint against Prince Andrew for sexual assault in 2001 when she was 17, despite a request to dismiss the Queen’s second son.
Andrew embarrassed by his ties to Epstein
In his decision, Judge Lewis Kaplan considers that the request to dismiss this civil complaint, filed in the summer of 2021 by Virginia Giuffre, one of the victims of the sex crimes of the American financier Jeffrey Epstein, must be “denied in all respects “. The prince, 61, has been embarrassed for years by his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, and his former partner Ghislaine Maxwell.
The possibility of a civil lawsuit
The defense supported the rejection of this complaint on the grounds that Virginia Giuffre had signed an agreement in 2009 with the American financier not to prosecute him, as well as “other potential defendants”. An argument refused by the judge, in his decision dated Tuesday but made public Wednesday.
The prince is not criminally prosecuted in this case and has always vigorously rejected the accusations of Virginia Giuffre. If all of Andrew’s appeals fail, a civil trial could be held “between September and December” 2022, Judge Kaplan said in the fall of 2021.