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Prince Andrew using legal loophole in Giuffre case ‘disastrous’ for Royal Family PR

Prince Andrew using legal loophole will be 'disastrous' for the Royals

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Prince Andrew’s legal team have made a plea to quash the lawsuit filed against him by Virginia Giuffre, who was one of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s victims. The royal has been accused of sexual assault on three different accounts by Giuffre, a claim that he vehemently denies. The Duke’s legal team has been relying on a 2009 agreement between Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein which stipulates that the accuser cannot go after Epstein or “anyone connected to him.”

The document was made public this week and it revealed that Giuffre was paid $500,000 to not take the lawsuit to court. 

The document also mentioned that Giuffre had agreed to “release, acquit, satisfy, and forever discharge any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant.”

Royal Biographer Angela Levin spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO and said that “if a senior royal uses a legal loophole” to avoid these charges it could be disastrous for the Royal Family.

Ms Hartley-Brewer said: “This is the crucial wording in this document signed in 2009.

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“The judge appeared to dismiss this side of the argument, but the argument was that she’d signed a document saying she would not take any further action.

“She had to agree to release, acquit and forever discharge, not only Jeffrey Epstein but also any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant.”

Ms Levin added: “Yeah, those are the two words, his lawyers say that he is a potential defendant, but the judge hinted that he wasn’t at all because the document was supposed to be absolutely confidential, so he wouldn’t know anything about this and therefore he cannot now claim against it.

“So we will have to wait and see but it looks very doubtful.

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“If you think, this civil case could be closed at any time, it’s easy for them to say, okay, let’s work together between the two lawyers and get rid of it.

Ms Levin added: “And I think for a senior royal to rely on a technical couple of words in a court case looks absolutely appalling.”

Prince Andrew’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, also demanded that Virginia Giuffre’s attorneys provide more sufficient detail to substantiate her allegations.

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He stated: “Ms. Giuffre needs to lock herself into a story now, not some time in the future after she conducts discovery and figures out where the chips may fall, she needs to allege today, she needs to allege in her complaint against Prince Andrew when he supposedly abused her.

“Even a date, a month, we would settle for a year. … We don’t even have a time, a date, a location other than an apartment.

“We don’t know when this was. And Ms. Giuffre doesn’t articulate what supposedly happened to her at the hands of Prince Andrew.”

Presiding Judge Lewis A. Kaplan heard both legal teams set out their arguments on Tuesday and said he would deliberate on whether to throw out the case this week.

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