Prince Andrew pledges to 'demonstrate his regret for association with Epstein' following out-of-court settlement with Virginia Giuffre
Prince Andrew said he was committed to supporting the 'fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims'
Prince Andrew has pledged to "demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein", following an out-of-court settlement with his accuser Virginia Giuffre.
In a letter submitted to the United States District Court on Tuesday, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies wrote jointly with Andrew’s lawyers to say that the parties had "reached a settlement in principle."
The Prince also said he was committed to supporting the "fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims."
A document, submitted to the US Court: "The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement (the sum of which is not being disclosed).
"Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.
"Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks.
"It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years. Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others.
A second document, a letter addressed to US judge Lewis A Kaplan, who has been overseeing the case, said: “We write jointly with counsel for defendant to advise the court that the parties reached a settlement in principle of the above-referenced action.”
It goes on to say the parties involved plan to file a “stipulation of dismissal of the case” within 30 days.
The letter, signed by Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies, concludes: “We appreciate the time and effort the court has devoted to this matter.”
Representatives for the Duke of York said he would not be expanding beyond the statement filed in court.
When asked for comment by the PA news agency, Virginia Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies said: “I believe this event speaks for itself.”