Andrew braces for fresh sex abuse storm as accuser Virginia Giuffre’s gag lifted in DAYS a year after ‘£3m settlement’ | The Sun

PRINCE Andrew is braced for a fresh sex abuse storm one year on from his alleged £3million settlement.

His accuser Virginia Giuffre's gagging clause will reportedly be lifted in February, meaning she will be free to talk publicly once more.

Ms Giuffre was a victim of sex trafficking at the hands of paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein and his ex Ghislaine Maxwell.

She claimed the Duke of York raped and abused her when she was 17, which he strongly denied.

The pair had been due to put the shocking allegations to a jury in court, but Andrew settled the lawsuit in February 2022.

Sources say his lawyers negotiated a cut-price deal of between £3m and £5m.


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The agreement contained no formal admission of liability or apology from him, but it said he accepted Ms Giuffre was a “victim of abuse” and regretted his association with Epstein.

Both parties are said to have signed an order to remain silent about the case and financial deal over the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, but this expires next month, The Telegraph reports.

Ms Giuffre will then be able to resume TV and newspaper interviews, and even write a book about her experiences.

She sued the duke for unspecified damages, claiming she was forced to have sex with the then-41-year-old on three separate occasions in 2001.

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The first was said to be at Maxwell's house in London after a night out at the club Tramp, followed by Epstein's Manhattan townhouse and in the Virgin Islands.

In an infamous Newsnight interview with the BBC's Emily Maitlis in November 2019, Andrew denied the allegations.

He said he had "no recollection" of ever meeting her, nor the photograph of him with his arm around her waist.

The prince even provided an "alibi" claiming that the night the alleged encounter took place he was at a Pizza Express birthday party in Woking, Surrey, with his daughter Princess Beatrice.

Andrew was stripped of all military titles and patronages and cannot return to public duties after a showdown with the Queen.

He also no longer has an office at Buckingham Palace after his brother King Charles threw him out.

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