A New York judge on Wednesday upheld a US woman’s complaint against Prince Andrew for sexual assault in 2001 when she was 17, despite her request to dismiss the Queen of England’s second son.
In his ruling, Judge Lewis Kaplan believes that the request to dismiss this civil complaint, which Virginia Joffrey, one of the victims of sexual crimes for US financier Jeffrey Epstein, filed in the summer of 2021, should be “definitively dismissed.” respect.”
The 61-year-old prince has been embarrassed for years over his connections to Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, and his former partner, Ghislaine Maxwell.
The defense supported the dismissal of this complaint on the grounds that in 2009 Virginia Joffrey signed an agreement with the US financier not to prosecute him, as well as “other potential defendants”. An argument rejected by the judge, in his decision dated Tuesday, but announced Wednesday.
The prince was never prosecuted in this case and was always vehemently dismissive of Virginia Joffrey’s accusations.
Judge Kaplan said in the fall of 2021, if all of Andrew’s remedies failed, a civil trial could take place “between September and December” 2022.
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