JAKARTADAILY.ID - U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan announced the court decision to allow Virginia Giuffre to continue her lawsuit against Britain's Royal Family member Prince Andrew over sexual abuse allegation.
Giuffre accuses the Duke of York battered her and intentionally causing her emotional distress when she was a teenager. Giuffre, now 38, also claims that all these incidents happened during the times the late financier Jeffrey Epstein was trafficking her.
The second son of Queen Elizabeth has denied all accusations that he forced Giuffre to have sex more than two decades ago. This incident is said to happen at the London home of former Epstein associate, Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre revealed that Andrew also abused her at two separate Epstein properties.
Judge Kaplan said it was premature to assess Andrew's efforts to "cast doubt" on those claims and to decide whether Giuffre's 2009 civil settlement with Epstein "clearly and unambiguously" prevents Andrew to take the liability upon her lawsuit.
However, the court further advised that the 61-year-old prince could file another motion over those claims at a trial. Andrew's team of lawyers remained silent after the trial.
Although the judge has not yet addressed the merits of Giuffre's claims, David Boies, a lawyer for Giuffre, in a statement said his client was pleased. Due to this decision, the case remains on track for a trial set to begin between September and December 2022 if no settlement were reached.
"I can't imagine that Prince Andrew wants every detailed allegation to come out in the public realm," said Sarah Krissoff, a partner at Day Pitney and a former federal prosecutor, as quoted by Reuters on Thursday. "If I were on Prince Andrew's team, I most certainly would be having a discussion with him right now about resolving this case."