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Virginia Giuffre’s Epstein Settlement Good for Prince Andrew: Consultants


  • Virginia Giuffre’s 2009 settlement with Jeffrey Epstein was unsealed Monday. 
  • Prince Andrew’s authorized workforce says the settlement shields Andrew from being sued by Giuffre.
  • Insider spoke to authorized specialists who largely agreed the settlement incorporates excellent news for the royal.

Virginia Giuffre’s 2009 settlement with Jeffrey Epstein was unsealed on Monday, as a part of a brand new tactic from Prince Andrew’s legal professionals to get Giuffre’s sexual abuse case towards the royal dismissed. 

The phrases of the settlement, which had beforehand been underneath seal, have been first partially revealed by Epstein affiliate Alan Dershowitz, who stated the language in Giuffre’s settlement with Epstein prompted her to drop a battery declare towards him earlier this yr.

Giuffre sued Epstein in Could 2009, alleging that he trafficked and sexually abused her, earlier than settling with the disgraced financier for $500,000 in November of that yr.

The settlement included language spelling out that, in alternate for the payout, Giuffre agreed to not go after “second events and every other individual or entity who could possibly be included as a possible defendant.” 

Giuffre filed the lawsuit towards Prince Andrew in August, alleging he sexually abused her in New York, London, and the US Virgin Islands when she was 17. The royal has strenuously denied Giuffre’s claims.

Insider spoke to a number of authorized specialists on Monday who stated the settlement appears to be like like it is going to be a win for Prince Andrew’s authorized workforce. Nonetheless, others cautioned that there is a chance the decide will not discover the settlement sufficient to throw Giuffre’s case out, with one former federal prosecutor describing it as an “uphill battle.”

Moira Penza, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw the NXIVM sex-trafficking case, identified that courts have typically dominated that contract provisions narrower than the discharge Giuffre signed are unenforceable.

“Right here, with Prince Andrew unnamed and having offered no consideration himself, and with limitless third get together beneficiaries for limitless torts coated underneath his interpretation, he’s dealing with an uphill battle in proving this could outcome within the dismissal of Giuffre’s lawsuit,” Penza stated.

The settlement presents Prince Andrew with a ‘superb protection’

Neama Rahmani, president of West Coast Trial Attorneys, and Fred Lichtmacher, who heads a New York Metropolis-based civil litigation agency, consider that the settlement will assist Prince Andrew’s case. 

Lichtmacher stated that in his view the settlement “will get Andrew off the hook,” whereas Rahmani stated it presents a “superb protection” for the Duke of York as he tries to get Giuffre’s lawsuit dismissed. 

“I am a civil plaintiffs’ lawyer, all I do is sue individuals on a regular basis for circumstances like this,” Rahmani stated. “One thing like that is very broad and is atypical. It is not what you see.”

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Prince Andrew and Epstein are seen at Royal Ascot in 2000.

Tim Graham Picture Library by way of Getty Photos

Rahmani known as it but “one other hurdle” in Giuffre’s lawsuit, which the prince’s authorized workforce has been preventing from all angles. Protection attorneys have additionally argued that Giuffre lives in Australia in an try and get her case thrown out. 

The prince additionally has a bonus in that he cannot be compelled to come back to the US, Rahmani famous. 

“At greatest, her attorneys are in all probability going to default judgment towards him,” Rahmani stated, that means they might ask the decide to rule that Andrew didn’t sufficiently reply to courtroom orders and thus loses the lawsuit. 

Giuffre nonetheless could also be allowed to pursue punitive damages towards the prince

If the settlement was supposed to be “complete” of all of the methods during which Roberts was wronged, then the regulation would not enable for her to gather once more by way of a lawsuit towards Prince Andrew, based on Lichtmacher.

It is attainable {that a} decide might interpret the settlement as making use of solely in direction of compensatory damages, Lictmacher stated, and nonetheless enable Giuffre to proceed with the lawsuit in asking for punitive damages towards Prince Andrew. Compensatory damages are designed to assist pay a sufferer again for prices they incurred due to the actions of the individual they’re suing, whereas punitive damages are supposed to penalize the offending get together.

Each Rahmani and Lichtmacher have been shocked that Giuffre signed the doc, saying that they deemed a $500,000 settlement to be a low quantity for claims of sex-trafficking allegations that span a decade.

Rahmani stated he would by no means advise a shopper of his to signal such an settlement, “except it was an astronomical amount of cash that was too good to go up.” 

“5-hundred-thousand {dollars} for sexual abuse is, respectively, pennies for what she went by means of, so I’d by no means advise a shopper to signal one thing like this for a mere half-a-million,” Rahmani stated. 

Left: Prince Andrew. Right: Virginia Roberts holds up a picture of herself.

Virginia Giuffre (proper) has accused Prince Andrew (left) of sexual assault in a lawsuit.

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Lichtmacher stated he additionally would not suggest {that a} shopper of his signal such an settlement. However he famous that typically a sufferer could also be in a scenario the place they want cash quick, so that they take what they will get instantly. 

“With out realizing her private circumstances, I can not say why it was advisable she settle for this sort of settlement,” Lichtmacher stated. 

“I’ve handled rape victims. They do have essentially the most bother of all of the individuals I cope with … Usually rape victims are so traumatized that half-a-million {dollars} wouldn’t be an satisfactory settlement,” he added. “I can not perceive why would they might signal this settlement precluding them from gathering from different events that is not sensible.”

The decide might ask attorneys who hashed out the settlement to make clear its intent

Not all the specialists Insider requested to evaluation the discharge Giuffre signed have been in settlement. Randy Zelin, a New York Metropolis-based protection lawyer and Cornell Legislation College adjunct professor, stated he doesn’t see the decide “dismissing this case based mostly on this launch … underneath any circumstances.”

Zelin defined that Prince Andrew is a “third get together” to the Giuffre-Epstein case, and that judges do not like when third events attempt to use settlements in circumstances the place they are not expressly named as a approach of getting out of their very own authorized points. 

Whereas Zelin stated he would not consider the decide will dismiss the case based mostly on the discharge alone, he stated it is attainable the decide might maintain a listening to, bringing in all of the attorneys who labored on the settlement to testify about whether or not it was meant to guard Prince Andrew. That course of would contain waiving attorney-client privilege to let the attorneys make statements to the courtroom, and the truth that Epstein is lifeless might complicate the matter for the attorneys who represented him.

Zelin additionally wasn’t as shocked as the opposite attorneys that Giuffre signed the deal for $500,000. 

“If it is the eleventh hour and there is actual cash on the desk and the lawyer mainly says, ‘You wish to preserve going with this factor, there’s half one million {dollars} on the ground, are you going to choose it up or stroll over it?’ Folks decide up the cash,” Zelin stated. 


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