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Judge rejects Prince Andrew’s offer to dismiss trial of sexual abuse accuser

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NEW YORK – A US judge has rejected an offer from Britain’s Prince Andrew to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s trial accusing the Duke of York of sexually assaulting her when she was 17 and being trafficked by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

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In a ruling released on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan said it was premature to consider the prince’s efforts to question Giuffre’s charges, although he would be allowed to do so during the trial. ‘a trial.

Kaplan said it was also too early to decide whether Giuffre and Epstein intended to release people like Andrew in their 2009 settlement agreement. Such settlements may prevent plaintiffs from pursuing further litigation, even against some thirds.

Lawyers for Andrew and Giuffre did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Andrew has denied Giuffre’s accusations that he forced her to have sex more than two decades ago at the London home of Epstein’s former partner Ghislaine Maxwell and abused her at two other properties of Epstein.