Prince Andrew is reportedly assembling a $12 million war chest to launch a legal case against sexual abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre in a bid to force her to retract the allegations -- and possibly apologize -- in court.
In a civil lawsuit filed in 2020, Giuffre accused the Duke of York of raping and abusing her on three occasions in 2001 when she was just 17.
Though Prince Andrew has refuted any wrongdoing, he agreed to an out-of-court settlement paid to Giuffre in February 2022 amid pressure from Buckingham Palace that damaging headlines were distracting from Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
The settlement amount was reported to be anywhere between $3.6 million to $14.8 million.
"Andrew has always insisted he is innocent and finally wants to prove it in a US court," an unnamed royal source told The Sun. "He was pressured into settling the case to avoid overshadowing the Platinum Jubilee and has paid a heavy price, personally and professionally."
"The King is happy for him to pursue this," the source added. "As Head of State, he can’t back him publicly, but Andrew is still his brother, and he wants the best for him."
The Telegraph reported that Prince Andrew consulted with his attorneys after Giuffre dropped a separate sexual abuse lawsuit against American lawyer Alan Dershowitz in November.
In what the Duke of York viewed as an "extraordinary development," Giuffre admitted in court documents that she "may have made a mistake" in claiming Dershowitz had abused her as a teenager.... (Read more)
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