The case of sexual abuse of minors against Prince Andrew of England, presented by Virginia Giuffre in a court in New York, was formally closed this Tuesday, after the parties recently concluded a private agreement.
New York judge Lewis Kaplan disclosed, in a brief court document, that the filing is final and that each party must pay the costs associated with the legal process.
This court order comes after it has already been reported that the Duke of York paid a certain amount for a settlement with Virgina Giuffre, the woman who reported him in the United States for sexual abuse when he was a minor.
The figure has not been made public but several British media have pointed out that it reaches 12 million pounds (more than 14 million euros).
On February 15, it was reported that the Duke of York “intends to make a significant donation to Virginia Giuffre’s organization”, founded in 2021 and dubbed “Speak Out, Act, Reclaim”. “, in simple translation), which supports victims of sex trafficking.
The court order marks the end of the process that began in August, when Giuffre formally accused the son of Queen Elizabeth II.
Giuffre claimed that he met the prince as one of the victims of the sex trafficking scheme allegedly organized by the late Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide after being arrested in July 2019, and his right-hand man, Ghislaine Maxwell, recently found guilty in a parallel trial.
The 61-year-old Duke of York has always denied the allegations and said he did not know Giuffre, despite the media having released an old photograph in which Prince Andrew appeared to grab Maxwell by the waist.
This scandal led in January to the withdrawal of the prince’s military titles by his mother.