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‘Still free to tell her story!’ Prince Andrew warned Virginia not silenced over settlement

Prince Andrew: Bloom shares doubts on Giuffre ‘gagging order’

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US attorney Lisa Bloom who has represented several high-profile sexual abuse victims appeared on GB News to discuss Virginia Giuffre’s settlement and what it means going forward. Ms Bloom spoke to presenter Colin Brazier over the story but believed while the case was now over she could not see any evidence so far which would prevent Ms Giuffre from speaking publicly about the lawsuit. Ms Bloom said she was “still free to tell her story” in an omen to Prince Andrew that Ms Giuffre may continue to keep the story in the spotlight for many years to come.

Speaking on GB News, Ms Bloom reflected on the settlement news and what she has picked up on so far in the statements.

She remarked: “I’m sure that there’s not a confidentiality clause meaning she is still free to tell her story and I hope she does because she is a terrific advocate for victims.”

Ms Bloom added 95 percent of civil cases ended similarly to Prince Andrew’s and they could end at any moment.

Mr Brazier later picked up on what Ms Bloom said and wanted to know whether she thought Ms Giuffre was free to say whatever she liked.

The presenter asked; “Within the context of this court settlement, so it is your understanding that she is still at liberty to give her side of the story, her version of events, with no ensuing legal penalty?”

Ms Bloom replied: “That’s correct, I don’t see anything in the settlement that would have an [non-disclosure agreement] and I’d be very surprised if Virginia would agree to that.”

The statement read: “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).

Prince Andrew reaches out-of-court settlement with Virginia Giuffre

“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. Prince 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.”

Buckingham Palace has refused to comment and the Duke of York says he will not expand beyond the statement filed with courts.

Virginia Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies commented: “I believe this event speaks for itself.”

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Later in the programme, royal biographer Angela Levin reacted to the comments made by Ms Bloom and said: “I got quite a shock there.

“I thought that was the end… but to think she can write her whole story in great detail is quote disturbing.

“I’m not saying I don’t blame her because she might want to get it all out but I think that will affect the monarchy very seriously as well.”

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