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Prince Andrés faces crucial week in the US, where he is accused of sexual assault

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The British Prince Andrew faces a crucial week in his fight against a lawsuit for sexual assault brought against him in New York by an American, in the context of the sex scandal surrounding his friends Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

A legal settlement will be published Monday and oral arguments in the case will be heard on Tuesday, all after Maxwell was convicted last week of child sex trafficking for Epstein.

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Plaintiff Virginia Giuffre alleges that Epstein, a financier who committed suicide while awaiting trial in 2019, lent her to have sex with his wealthy and powerful partners, including Prince Andrew.

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The woman sued the British royal for unspecified damages, claiming the prince sexually assaulted her in 2001 when she was 17 years old and a minor, under US law.

Andrés, 61, second son of Queen Elizabeth II, has not been criminally charged and has repeatedly and vigorously denied the charges.

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A 2009 agreement between Epstein and Giuffre will be made public Monday in a New York court.

Andres’ lawyers said the settlement protects the prince and others from being sued by Giuffre and they hope it is reason enough for a judge to dismiss their claim against the royal.

On Tuesday, New York Judge Lewis Kaplan will hear oral arguments on whether or not the lawsuit should be dismissed.

The hearing at 10:00 am (3:00 pm GMT) will be held by videoconference.

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Kaplan on Friday rejected attempts by Andres’ lawyers to stop the suit from proceeding, arguing that Giuffre now lives in Australia.

The day before, Giuffre’s lawyers demanded that Prince Andrew hand over medical records showing that he was unable to sweat.

For in a disastrous 2019 interview with the BBC, the prince denied Giuffre’s claim that they had shared a sweaty dance at a London nightclub, claiming that at the time he was unable to sweat due to a condition related to his service in the War. of the Falklands of 1982.

Giuffre says that Prince Andrew assaulted her at Epstein’s home in New York, on his private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and that he sexually abused her at the London home of his friend Maxwell, who introduced the prince to Epstein. in the early 1990s.

Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan jail in 2019 after being charged with child sex trafficking. Prince Andrew announced his retirement from public life that year on account of the American businessman scandal.

Judge Kaplan said in November that Giuffre’s lawsuit against Andrés could be brought before a New York jury by the end of 2022.

The new developments in Giuffre’s case against Andrés come just days after Maxwell was found guilty Wednesday of recruiting and grooming underage girls for Epstein to abuse.

Maxwell is possibly facing a life sentence that will keep her in jail, after being found guilty by a jury of five of the six charges she was indicted for, following a high-profile trial.

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