Virginia Giuffre will decline a multi-million pound settlement because she prefers to go to trial.
According to reports, VIRGINIA Giuffre would turn down a multi-million pound settlement if Andrew offered it to her.
The accuser of the Duke of York is said to want a trial to send a message that anyone accused of abusing girls “with power and privilege” will face justice.
It was claimed that Ms Giuffre would reject an out-of-court settlement worth £3.7 million.
If Andrew’s New York civil claim is settled by a jury, such a move puts him at risk of a higher payout.
Even if Judge Lewis Kaplan rules that the sexual assault case must go to trial, the prince still has the option of settling.
Ms Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke three times in 2001 while being trafficked around the world by paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein. She was 17 at the time, which is considered underage in some US states.
Andrew has maintained his denial of the allegations.
If Andrew is found guilty, damages could “easily” exceed £14 million, according to Spencer Kuvin, a lawyer for some of Epstein’s victims, who previously told the Daily Express that if Andrew is found guilty damages could “easily” exceed £14 million.
“There are no limitations on a jury,” he said.
To punish someone worth a billion dollars, you must strike them in the pockets.
“Damages against Andrew could exceed (dollar)20 million (£14.7 million).”
Without a doubt.”
Ms Giuffre reportedly said she would not have sued the Duke if he had apologized to her “years ago,” according to reports in the United States.
According to the New York Post, his accuser isn’t motivated by money and would have dropped the civil case if he wasn’t being paid.
“Virginia has always just wanted the Prince to admit he did something he shouldn’t have done,” the source said.
She expects him to express regret.
She’s never made it all about the cash.
She would have given up on this a long time ago.”
Andrew is attempting to have the case against him dismissed on the grounds that a £370,000 deal Ms Giuffre made with Epstein in 2009 shielded him from prosecution.
Following arguments from Andrew’s and Ms Giuffre’s attorneys in New York on Tuesday, Judge Kaplan has yet to make a decision.
“Pretty soon,” he said.
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