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Judge in Prince Andrew case says document should be sealed

A 2008 confidentiality agreement that Prince Andrew’s lawyer said would protect him against a lawsuit that claims he sexually abused him. American A judge said when she was 17 should be made public.

Agreement has been reached between Virginia Giuffre and the financier Jeffrey Epstein who committed suicide in 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking in New York City. Giuffre is among many women who say Epstein sexually abused them when they were underage.

Attorney Andrew Brettler has argued that the settlement also protects Andrew from a separate lawsuit brought by Giuffre against the prince this year.

In a brief order issued Tuesday, US District Judge Loretta Preska said that without any valid objections to Epstein’s estate, the document should be made public on or before December 22. as part of Andrew’s case.

Preska said the court questioned “whether any proper purpose would be served by continuing to keep the document’s secrecy, perhaps, the money the settlement provided for it.”

In the August lawsuit, Virginia Giuffre claimed that the prince abused her multiple times in 2001. Andrew said he had never had sex with her.

Brettler previously called the lawsuit “baseless.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/virginia-giuffre-new-york-jeffrey-epstein-american-b1976231.html Judge in Prince Andrew case says document should be sealed

JACLYN DIAZ

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