Queen Elizabeth II’s son Prince Andrew, 61, will face a civil sex case trial after his bid to have the lawsuit thrown out was dismissed by a judge. Judge Lewis A Kaplan ruled an argument put forward by the Duke of York’s legal team that a 2009 agreement that his accuser Virginia Giuffre made with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein did not prevent her from taking further legal action against him.
Ms Giuffre, 39, is suing the 61-year-old for an undisclosed sum through a New York court over claims she sexually abused him.
He has always strenuously denied the claims and said he has “no recollection” of ever meeting the 38-year-old.
The lawsuit claims that she had sex with Andrew on three occasions in 2001 when she was a teenager who had been trafficked by paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
The prince’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, has called the lawsuit “baseless.”
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The civil trial is expected to be held between September and December.
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