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Andrew accuser ‘signs memoir deal’ as gagging order set to expire

Prince Andrew: Tom Bower discusses Virginia Giuffre case

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Prince Andrew faces further embarrassment after his accuser, Virginia Giuffre, reportedly signed a deal to write her memoir. Ms Giuffre, who sued the Prince in 2021, is poised to detail years of sexual abuse by convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and his partner, Ghislaine Maxwell. The possible deal could see her detail accusations after the gagging order from her settlement with Andrew expires.

The New York Post first reported the news, citing sources that the deal had taken place.

While there are few details about what the book would cover, and no confirmed publisher, sources told the publication it could earn her “millions”.

The book will also likely centre on her allegations made about Epstein and Maxwell.

But the purported deal comes at a critical time for Prince Andrew, as a key aspect of his agreement with Ms Giuffre expires next month.

She sued the Duke of York in a 2022 civil suit, claiming that in 2001 when she was 17, she was forced to have sex with him on three separate occasions.

Prince Andrew paid an unspecified amount to settle the case and has repeatedly and vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

The agreed settlement did not constitute an admission of liability.

Part of the February 15 settlement saw Ms Giuffre bound by a gagging clause that prevented her from discussing the case, including financial aspects.

The deal, a friend of the Prince told the Daily Telegraph, secured “silence for the Platinum Jubilee”.

The clause expires in February 2023, raising the prospect that she could speak about Epstein and Maxwell’s abuse once more.

There is no indication as to whether the expiry would allow her to speak about the case or allegations towards the Prince.

The Prince’s legal team is reportedly looking to overturn the February 2022 settlement.

Speaking to The Sun, a source said “with confidence” that the Duke’s lawyers were “considering legal options”.

Further reports have added the royal is consulting US lawyers Andrew Brettler and Blair Berk.

The publication added that the Prince is allegedly seeking a retraction or possible apology from his accuser.

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