Prince Andrew’s lawyer requested a New York judge on Tuesday to keep a 2009 legal arrangement sealed that could allegedly insulate the prince from charges that he sexually abused an underage American woman.
The motion was made in court papers filed at the Manhattan federal court, where U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan is presiding over an August case brought on Virginia Giuffre’s behalf.
According to the complaint, the prince molested Giuffre on many occasions in 2001, when she was 17
Prince Andrew’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, said he is preparing written arguments to seek for the case to be dismissed and wants to submit under seal an agreement that his claims preclude the litigation against Andrew.
Brettler also asked that any sections of his arguments that expose information in the agreement be redacted.
Brettler stated that neither the prince nor Giuffre argue that the release agreement must be kept secret, but they wished to request that it be kept hidden because it is subject to a protective order issued by another judge hearing over a federal civil lawsuit in New York.
The arrangement was negotiated between Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his cell at a New York federal prison in 2019 while awaiting a sex-trafficking prosecution.
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