Prince Andrew Settles Sexual Assault Case Out of Court

Britain’s Prince Andrew settled the sexual assault case brought by Virginia Giuffre without going to court.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Prince Andrew has officially settled the lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre out of court and the suit is expected to be dismissed within a month, according to The Associated Press.
  • The British royal will reportedly pay Giuffre in a joint settlement that will keep the high-profile case out of the public courts, according to The New York Times.
  • The total of the settlement that Andrew, 61, will pay Giuffre was confidential, however, the Times reported that Andrew also “intends to make a substantial donation” to a charity “in support of victims’ rights,” the statement says.
  • Andrew has also stated that he never meant to malign his accuser’s character, according to the AP.
  • A report by The Independent claims that Andrew will be paying in the neighborhood of £10m to Giuffre in the settlement.
STATEMENT FROM GIUFFRE’S ATTORNEY:
  • “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),” the attorney said in the court filing.
  • “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.”
  • The attorney representing Andrew did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
BACKGROUND:
  • Andrew was sued in August by Giuffre in regard to her accusation that the British royal sexually abused her while she was traveling with financier Jeffrey Epstein.
  • The royal has vehemently denied the claims made by Giuffre from the start and attempted to get her lawsuit thrown out of court.