Prince Andrew's sex assault case formally closed after settlement paid

Disgraced British royal paid financial settlement to longtime accuser Virginia Giuffre, court documents show

Britain's Prince Andrew has not been criminally charged and has denied the allegations. AP
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A sexual assault lawsuit against Prince Andrew by his longtime accuser has been formally dismissed after the disgraced British royal paid a financial settlement, court documents showed on Tuesday.

Lawyers for Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre, who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was 17, formally asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit on Tuesday.

In February, the parties had settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, sparing the second son of Queen Elizabeth II a trial.

Both parties filed a “stipulation of dismissal” of the case in federal court in New York, which was signed by Judge Lewis Kaplan on Tuesday.

Last month's agreement had stated that the parties would file a motion for dismissal “upon Ms Giuffre's receipt of the settlement,” suggesting the settlement has been paid.

Ms Giuffre, 38, has said she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 — a minor under US law — after meeting him through disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein took his own life in a New York City jail cell in 2019 while awaiting his own trial for sex crimes.

The prince, now 61, has not been criminally charged and has denied the allegations.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that Prince Andrew was to pay $13.1 million to Ms Giuffre and $2.6 million to a charity for victims of sex trafficking.

In January, Prince Andrew was stripped of his honorary military titles and his remaining charitable roles.

He withdrew from public life as a royal in 2019 after a widely ridiculed BBC interview in which he sought to absolve himself of Ms Giuffre's accusation.

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Updated: March 09, 2022, 4:25 AM