Prince Andrew’s lawyers are demanding the dismissal of the U.S. lawsuit over the sexual assault, saying it violates the terms of the settlement agreement.

Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second eldest son, is suing in New York Giuffre, who claims she was forced into sexual acts with him. She said Epstein traded with her and forced her to have sex with his friends, including the Duke of York, when she was a minor.

Giuffre said the attacks took place in London, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and that Andrew was aware she was a minor – 17 years old – when it began.

Andrew has consistently denied Giuffre’s allegations.

In a petition filed Friday afternoon, Andrew’s lawyers reiterated that he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false accusations against him.” CNN turned to Giuffre’s lawyer for comment.

“Virginia Giuffre may be a victim of sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein … and nothing can excuse, nor fully capture, the disgust and seriousness of Epstein’s monstrous behavior toward Giuffre, if so,” he writes. “However, Prince Andrew never sexually abused or attacked Giuffre without reducing the damage he suffered as a result of Epstein’s alleged inappropriate behavior.”

In the application, Giuffre is accused of gaining by his allegations of abuse by “selling stories and photographs to the press” and concluding “secret agreements” to settle claims against Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, who was also accused of trafficking in sexual orientation after federal prosecutors claimed she hired and prepared the girl to engage in sexual acts with Epstein.

Maxwell pleaded not guilty. Her trial is set to begin in November.

“The indictment of a member of the world’s most famous royal family of serious misconduct has helped Giuffre create media frenzy online and in the traditional press,” the role reads. “Epstein’s abuse of Giuffrey does not justify her public campaign against Prince Andrew.”

He adds that Giuffre reached a settlement with Epstein in 2009 that included a “general release” of all claims against Epstein and a number of other people, among whom lawyers say Andrew was also involved. The details of the settlement were removed from court documents prepared by Andrew’s lawyers.

Earlier this week, a A U.S. judge set the deadline in mid-July next year that the Duke of York will be sworn in to answer questions in the event of a civil sexual assault. According to court documents, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan set July 14 as the deadline for presenting all evidence, including any statement by Andrew.

The schedule order, signed by a judge in New York, means Giuffre’s lawyers must question Andrew out of court and submit an interview by that date.

Also in October, London police, after reviewing a number of court documents, decided to abandon the investigation launched by the Giuffre case.

“This review has been completed and we are not taking any further action,” the force told CNN.

Giuffrey’s lawyers served the Duke of York in September with legal documents for the lawsuit.


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