The Duke of York has been pictured in the back of a vehicle leaving his home in Windsor, the first public sighting of him since yesterday’s court ruling.
A judge in America ruled that Virginia Guiffre’s sex assault lawsuit against him could continue, meaning he faces the prospect of a civil trial.
One of the few options open to Prince Andrew to avoid this is to try and reach an out-of-court settlement, rumoured to be millions of pounds.
But her lawyer has indicated that his accuser wants to be ‘vindicated’ by the legal process and is not motivated by reaching a ‘purely financial settlement’.
Ms Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager. She is seeking unspecified damages, but there is speculation the sum could be in the millions of dollars.
She claims she was trafficked by the duke’s friend financier Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was aged 17 and a minor under US law.
The duke has vehemently denied the allegations and his legal team have argued from the first hearing into the lawsuit the case was ‘baseless’.
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