Leroy N. Soetoro
2022-02-22 18:57:22 UTC
Prince Andrew is being annihilated by the press following news of his
The British royal, who was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl
supplied to him by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, agreed on
Tuesday to settle by making a substantial donation to his accusers
charity and declaring he never meant to malign her character.
The case dominated the front pages of the U.K. press, all depicting a grim
Duke of York. The Sun labeled the 61-year-old's case as "His Final
Disgrace," while The Daily Mails headline read, "Dukes Final £10
The Daily Telegraph chose to focus on how Andrew will pay his accuser more
than £12 million or more than $16 million using money from his mother,
Queen Elizabeth II. As for the Daily Star, it went with "Shaming of Plain
Old Andy Windsor Royal wrong un pays out to sex victim hes never met.
As you do," while the Daily Express chose, "Andrew Cuts Sex Case Deal But
Theres No Way Back."
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Royal author Omid Scobie, who tweeted the covers of the outlets, slammed
Andrew for the way he handled the case.
"In the end, Andrew took accountability for nothing," Scobie tweeted.
"Instead, he did what only the privileged elite get to do: bought his way
out. In the process, he took advantage of his elderly mother's love (and
cheque book) during a year her children should only be lifting her up. A
Andrews deal avoids a trial that would have brought further embarrassment
to the monarchy. Besides the undisclosed donation to Virginia Giuffres
charity, it says Andrew acknowledges that the 38-year-old has suffered as
an abuse victim. It did not specify whether Giuffre would personally
receive money as part of the settlement.
Attorney David Boies, representing Giuffre, told the New York federal
judge overseeing the case in a letter that a settlement in principle had
been reached and lawyers on both sides would request a dismissal of the
lawsuit within a month.
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said he would suspend the case until March 17, when
he might set a trial date if the lawyers dont ask for a dismissal by
Giuffre sued Andrew in August. The American accused the British royal of
sexually abusing her while she traveled with Epstein. Andrew strenuously
denied Giuffres allegations and attempted to get the lawsuit tossed
earlier this year.
Attached to the letter from Boies was a statement that read: "Virginia
Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an out-of-court settlement. The
parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms. Giuffres receipt of the
settlement (the sum of which is not being disclosed)."
"Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffres
charity in support of victims rights. Prince Andrew has never intended to
malign Ms. Giuffres character, and he accepts that she has suffered both
as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public
Andrew acknowledged that Epstein, an American financier, trafficked
"countless young girls" over many years and said the prince "regrets his
association with Epstein and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other
survivors in standing up for themselves and others," according to the
He also pledged to support the victims of sex trafficking as part of
demonstrating his regret.
The tentative settlement came weeks after Kaplan last month rejected the
princes attempt to win an early dismissal of the lawsuit, meaning
depositions and other evidence gatherings could commence.
After Kaplan ruled, Andrew who had already stepped back from royal
duties was stripped of his honorary military titles and roles and
leadership of various charities, known as royal patronages. He also can no
longer use the title "his royal highness" in official settings.
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The decision was an effort to insulate the House of Windsor from the
fallout from potential years of sordid headlines if the lawsuit moved
It came after more than 150 veterans and serving members of the armed
forces asked the queen to strip her second son of his military titles,
saying he had failed to live up to the "very highest standards of probity,
honesty and honorable conduct" that are expected of British officers.
Giuffre asserted that she met Andrew while she traveled frequently with
Epstein between 2000 and 2002 when her lawyers maintain she was "on call
for Epstein for sexual purposes" and was "lent out to other powerful men,"
Her lawsuit said she still suffers significant emotional and psychological
distress and harm. She has alleged she had sex with Andrew three times: in
London during a 2001 trip, at Epsteins New York mansion when she was 17
and in the Virgin Islands when she was 18.
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Andrew repeatedly denied Giuffres allegations and has said he cant
recall ever meeting her, although a photograph of Giuffre and Andrew
together in a London townhouse, his arm around her bare midriff, was
included in Giuffres lawsuit against him.
Inconsistencies in her statements over the years that would have been
highlighted by Andrews attorneys at trial may have motivated her, in
part, to settle, though she has explained them as innocent mistakes that
occur when recalling traumatic events years later.
Andrew served in the Royal Navy for two decades, including as a helicopter
pilot during the 1982 Falklands War. The honorary military roles he lost
included several overseas ones, such as his title as colonel-in-chief of
the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment.
He has spent years combating concerns about his links with Epstein, who
took his life at age 66 in 2019 in a Manhattan federal lockup while
awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges. Epsteins longtime
companion Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of related charges last month.
A settlement of the Andrew lawsuit would follow deals reached by Giuffre
years ago to resolve separate lawsuits against Maxwell and Epstein. It was
recently revealed that Epstein settled for $500,000.
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