Prince Andrew has won the right to review a sealed 2009 settlement his sex accuser reached with late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein — one he hopes will get him off the hook from her lawsuit.
Manhattan District Judge Loretta Preska granted permission for Andrew’s lawyers to receive a copy of the confidential agreement Epstein reached with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who is now suing the UK royal.
Andrew’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, told a hearing last month that he believes the agreement “absolves our client from any and all liability.”
Epstein’s estate had already agreed to let the prince — the second son of Queen Elizabeth II — review the agreement, but court approval was needed.
Brettler, who represented Armie Hammer against rape allegations, said he expects to receive the agreement soon from Giuffre’s lawyers.
Prince Andrew has won the right to see a 2009 sealed settlement between the late Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Roberts-Giuffre. AP Photo/Sang Tan, file
Virginia Roberts-Giuffre talks about how she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and allegedly had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17.Supplied by WENN
Lawyers for Giuffre did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, lead lawyer David Boies insisted in a court filing last month that the settlement was “irrelevant” to Giuffre’s case against Andrew.
Giuffre, 38, accused the prince of having sex with her three times on the orders of Epstein and his accused madam, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Andrew faces an Oct. 29 deadline to formally respond to Giuffre’s lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages. He has always vehemently denied her long-running allegations.
Virginia Roberts-Giuffre alleges that she was forced to have sex with the royal three times while she was still underage.BACKGRID
Virginia Roberts-Giuffre, center, who says she was trafficked by sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, holds a news conference outside a Manhattan court.AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File
Epstein killed himself at age 66 in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to helping recruit and groom underage girls for Epstein to abuse. Her trial in Manhattan is scheduled for Nov. 29.
With Post wires