“Obviously, the outcome he would like is that the judge will come back and say Virginia Giuffre doesn’t have a case and there’ll be no further proceedings.
“I think it’s unlikely, I think if it did happen he would still have enormous reputational damage for his exceptionally bad choice of friends in Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted paedophile, Ghislaine Maxwell, who is in jail at the moment – convicted as things stand but appealing the conviction against her.”
She added: “He’s in a lot of bother, I don’t see any way out that’s going to be satisfactory for the public opinion.”
Prince Andrew’s lawyers argued the agreement Giuffre contracted with Epstein in 2009, which was released earlier this week, would “discharge” the Duke from facing potential allegations by his accuser.
The deal included a general release that would “forever discharge” various people who “could have been included as a potential defendant” in a civil lawsuit that Giuffre had filed against Epstein in Florida, where the financier also had a home.
The Duke also accused Giuffre of seeking another “payday” in her campaign against Epstein and former associates like Maxwell, from whom she sought $50 million in a since-settled 2015 defamation lawsuit.
Prince Andrew is represented by Andrew Brettler, a Los Angeles lawyer, while Giuffre is represented by David Boies of Boies Schiller & Flexner.
Mr Boies on Monday said Andrew was not a “potential defendant” covered by Giuffre’s settlement because the prince could not have been sued in Florida and the case there did not concern him.
He said: “The only claim that is asserted that was made in Florida in the 2009 action that covered Prince Andrew was the third count which was to transport somebody for the purpose of illegal sexual activity.
“There is no allegation that Prince Andrew was the person transporting.
“He was somebody to whom the girls were trafficked.”
Andrew’s ties to Epstein have cost him many royal duties and damaged his reputation, including after critics said he failed in a 2019 BBC interview to appear sympathetic to Epstein’s abuse victims.
Judge Kaplan said Giuffre’s case against Andrew could go to trial between September and December if no settlement is reached.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK