Prince Andrew just responded to Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s lawsuit. The Duke of York once again denied the allegations that he sexually abused Giuffre when she was just 17 years old after being trafficked by the late Jeffrey Epstein.
In his 11-page filing, Prince Andrew also denied being close friends with Ghislaine Maxwell and said that he didn’t also frequent Epstein’s home in New York.
“Prince Andrew's answer continues his approach of denying any knowledge or information concerning the claims against him and purporting to blame the victim of the abuse for somehow bringing it on herself. We look forward to confronting Prince Andrew with his denials and attempts to blame Ms. Giuffre for her own abuse at his deposition and at trial,” his lawyer said via CNN.
Prince Andrew Wants To Give Virginia Robert Giuffre $25 Million In Settlement
Star, in its Jan. 31 issue, claimed that Prince Andrew didn’t initially want the lawsuit to head to a trial. Instead, the Duke of York allegedly wanted to settle, and he was willing to shell out as much as $25 million to silence Giuffre.
“Andrew is in a no-win situation. Either he settles and pays Virginia off, or he goes to court where her lawyers will tear him apart. They are willing to go that high to get Andrew out of this mess before he completely destroys the monarchy’s reputation,” an unnamed source said.
Queen Elizabeth Has Been Helping Prince Andrew Financially
For her part, Queen Elizabeth allegedly shelled out $9 million to help him with his legal fees. But Prince Andrew needs to repay the monarch after his finances recover.
The queen is also, allegedly, the one paying Prince Andrew’s debt on his Swiss ski chalet because the dad of two has been bleeding dry. However, Prince Charles has allegedly been reminding the queen that helping Prince Andrew financially won’t be good for her reputation. So far, the heir to the throne’s reminders has been falling on deaf ears.
According to the unnamed source, The Firm is also on board with Prince Andrew’s plans to settle. After all, this is the easiest way to ensure that the British monarchy won’t be dragged into his mess.
“The queen could end up being dragged into the case, and Andrew isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed. After the backlash from his terrible BBC interview, there’s no doubt that he’ll dig himself into a deeper hole at the trial,” the unnamed source said.
Prince Andrew Thinks He’s Getting Unfair Treatment
Despite everything that he’s done, Prince Andrew still doesn’t understand why the royal family isn’t supporting him in the way that he likes.
“He feels he’s being treated unfairly. He regrets having any association with Epstein and is saying, ‘Yes, I’ve made mistakes in the past, but I’m no monster,’” the unnamed source concluded.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s Lawyer Says Client Won’t Settle With Prince Andrew
Following Prince Andrew’s statement today, it has been confirmed that he doesn’t have any plans to settle. Even before he responded to Giuffre’s allegations, royal experts were already convinced that Giuffre wouldn't agree to a settlement with Prince Andrew.
While speaking with the BBC, Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, said that his client won’t settle monetarily.
“I think it's very important to Virginia Giuffre that this matter be resolved in a way that vindicates her and vindicates the other victims. I don't think she has a firm view as to exactly what a solution should be. But I think what's going to be important is that this resolution vindicates her and vindicates the claim she has made. A purely financial settlement is not anything I think she is interested in,” Boies said.
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