Prince Andrew of British Royal reaches settlement with Virginia Giuffre, who accused him of sexually assaulting her as a teen with Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew (left) and Virginia Giuffre (right)
Prince Andrew on Tuesday reached a settlement with Virginia Giuffre in her sexual assault lawsuit against him, court documents show.
“Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an out of court settlement. The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms. Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement (the sum of which is not being disclosed),” a joint statement in the court filing read.
The statement continued: “Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights. Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms. Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks. It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years.”
Giuffre filed a lawsuit against Andrew in August, accusing the Duke of York of sexually assaulting her at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion when she was 17.
According to the statement, Andrew “regrets” his association with Epstein, and “commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others.”
“He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims,” the statement added.
Andrew had previously requested a jury trial, indicating in late January that he wasn’t going to settle.
Prince Andrew is accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Giuffre as a teen with Jeffrey Epstein
The royal was stripped last month of his military titles, royal patronages, and HRH status, which forced him to defend himself over the allegations as a private citizen.
Prince Andrew and Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland