(NEW YORK) COURT REPORT: Prince Andrew will have a chance to review a 2009 settlement agreement that he hopes will shield him from a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a woman two decades ago, when she was under age #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.07: In an order on Wednesday, United States District Court Judge Loretta Preska, sitting in Manhattan, granted permission for Prince Andrew’s lawyers to receive a copy of the confidential agreement between the late financier Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre, the prince’s accuser.

#AceDailyNews says that according to Reuters today Prince Andrew given leave to review 2009 Epstein settlement he hopes shields him from Virginia Giuffre’s civil suit still developing

A close up of Prince Andrew wearing a suit and a top hat as he rides in a horse drawn carriage.

Prince Andrew categorically denies historical claims he forced an underage girl to have sex with him.( Reuters: Toby Melville )

Ms Giuffre has also accused Epstein of abuse.

Epstein’s estate had agreed to let the Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, review the agreement, but court approval was needed.

The prince, 61, has not been charged with crimes and has “categorically” denied Ms Giuffre’s claims against him.

Andrew Brettler, a lawyer for the prince, said in an email he expects to receive the agreement soon from Ms Giuffre’s lawyers.

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At a hearing last month, Mr Brettler told the judge overseeing Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit that he believed the agreement “absolves our client from any and all liability”.

Lawyers for Ms Giuffre did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

David Boies, one of her lawyers, said in a court filing last month that he believed the settlement was “irrelevant” to Ms Giuffre’s case against Prince Andrew.

Ms Giuffre, 38, has accused the prince of forcing her to have sex with him when she was under age, at the London home of Epstein’s longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell.

A man and two women stand in a house looking at the camera.Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts (now Giuffre) and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001)

She also said Prince Andrew abused her at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.

Prince Andrew faces an October 29 deadline to formally respond to Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.

Epstein, a registered sex offender, killed himself at age 66 in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

Ms Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to helping recruit and groom underage girls for Epstein to abuse.

Her trial in Manhattan is scheduled for November 29.

A mug shot of Jeffrey Epstein in 2017” A mug shot of Jeffrey Epstein in 2017 ” Jeffrey Epstein was a registered sex offender when he died in jail awaiting trafficking charges.(AP: New York State Sex Offender Registry)

Sources: Reuters/ABC Wires/BBC News/

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