Eight days was the time it took for the judge to Lewis Kaplan decide on the prince’s legal future André, with regard to allegations of sexual abuse against him by Virginia Giuffre within the framework of the ‘Epstein case’ and which go back to a time when women were even minors.
On January 4th, a confidential agreement signed in 2009 was made public, in which the tycoon Jeffrey Epstein will have offered half a million dollars to Virginia to withdraw the complaint of sexual abuse that she suffered when she was a minor. A document that Prince Andrew’s team of lawyers hoped would serve to withdraw the charges brought by the woman against the Duke of York. The extrajudicial pact, according to the international press, remained secret and stated that no legal action by Virginia against Epstein or others “potentials” marked could be accepted, so Prince Andrew’s name could be covered in this agreement.
However, it seems that the arguments of the prince’s team of lawyers did not convince the judge, who decided that the Duke of York will have to go to trial, a decision that could shake the Crown again and that sits for the first time a member of the royal family. British in the dock.
It should be remembered that since the beginning of the process, the prince has denied all the accusations, claiming to be innocent.