A lawyer for Britain’s Prince Andrew has requested a New York federal decide to maintain sealed a 2009 authorized settlement between his accuser and now-deceased intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, noting that the doc can shield the royal in opposition to a lawsuit’s claims that he sexually assaulted an American girl when she was underneath 18.

Andrew Brettler, one among Andrew’s attorneys, made the request in papers filed late Tuesday with the Southern District of New York, the place U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan is presiding over an August lawsuit filed on behalf of Virginia Giuffre. 

In the August lawsuit, Giuffre accused the Duke of intentional infliction of emotional misery and battery. She claims within the go well with that she was pressured, underneath Epstein’s orders, to have intercourse with Andrew 3 times. The lawsuit mentioned the prince abused her on a number of events in 2001 when she was 17 and a minor underneath U.S. regulation.

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The Duke has denied the accusations. Brettler has referred to as Giuffre’s lawsuit “baseless,” amongst different issues.  

Brettler mentioned in Tuesday’s court docket papers he’s making ready written arguments to ask that the lawsuit be dismissed and desires to incorporate underneath seal an settlement which he contends bars the lawsuit in opposition to Andrew. 

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He additionally requested to redact any parts of his arguments that reveal info within the settlement.

The settlement was reached between Giuffre and Epstein, a beforehand convicted financier, who was discovered useless at age 66 in his cell in 2019 whereas awaiting a intercourse trafficking trial at a New York federal jail. 

Photo from 2001 that was included in court files shows Prince Andrew with his arm around the waist of 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre who says Jeffrey Epstein paid her to have sex with the prince. Andrew has denied the charges. In the background is Epstein's girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. (Florida Southern District Court)

Photo from 2001 that was included in court docket information exhibits Prince Andrew along with his arm across the waist of 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre who says Jeffrey Epstein paid her to have intercourse with the prince. Andrew has denied the costs. In the background is Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. (Florida Southern District Court)
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Brettler mentioned the settlement “releases Prince Andrew and others from any purported liability arising from the claims Ms. Giuffre asserted against Prince Andrew here.”

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The legal professional additionally mentioned neither the prince nor Giuffre contended that the discharge settlement should stay sealed, however they wished to ask that it keep secret as a result of it’s topic to a protecting order from one other decide presiding over a federal civil motion in New York.

A pretrial listening to within the case is scheduled for early November.

Earlier this week, Kaplan ordered that depositions within the civil lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre in opposition to Prince Andrew have to be accomplished by July 14 of subsequent 12 months, successfully signaling he is able to transfer the case to trial, court docket data present.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.