Sunday, July 3, 2022

Prince Andrew's defense in sex abuse case hits a wall with judge - Insider

  • A federal judge shot down multiple arguments made by Prince Andrew's lawyer during a Tuesday hearing.
  • The Duke of York has denied Virginia Giuffre's sexual abuse allegations and sought to throw out her lawsuit.
  • One of the key issues at play is whether a 2009 settlement agreement between Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein shields Prince Andrew from liability.

A federal judge appeared unconvinced by several arguments Prince Andrew's lawyer made during a Tuesday hearing over whether to dismiss a sexual abuse case against the Duke of York.

Prince Andrew has vehemently denied Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre's allegations that he sexually abused her when she was a minor. He has sought to throw out the lawsuit she filed against him in August, arguing that a 2009 settlement agreement between Giuffre and Epstein contains language that shields him from liability.

In the Tuesday hearing, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan aggressively questioned Andrew's defense lawyer, Andrew Brettler, about the wording in the 2009 agreement, which settled Giuffre's claims against Epstein for $500,000. The agreement included language stating that Giuffre would not pursue "second parties and any other person or entity who could be included as a potential defendant."

Brettler argued Prince Andrew clearly fell under the category of "potential defendant."

"Potential defendant is someone who could have been named a defendant in that lawsuit, but was not," Brettler said. "I think it's unquestionable that...

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