Prince Andrew ‘knew his sex-abuse accuser had been trafficked’, court hears

PRINCE Andrew knew his sex-abuse accuser had been trafficked to him, newly-released court documents claim.

A hearing on a motion by the Duke to dismiss the civil case by Virginia Giuffre was held in New York last week.

The Duke of York, 62, denies all claims made against him

The Duke of York, 62, denies all claims made against him

In a transcript from it, the royal’s lawyer Andrew Brettler tells the judge: “She contends that Prince Andrew was aware that she was being trafficked.”

He added: “She claims that she was trafficked to a bunch of different categories of individuals, including royalty, academia, businessmen.

“Those individuals would be part of the same enterprise.

“It wasn’t as if she is alleging that this was some secret trafficking arrangement.”

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His team claims Ms Giuffre, now 38, signed a legal deal in 2009 agreeing not to pursue claims against paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s co-conspirators.

The Duke of York, 62, denies all claims made against him.

Judge Lewis Kaplan said he would rule on the motion “soon”.

Judge Lewis Kaplan said he would rule on the motion 'soon'

Judge Lewis Kaplan said he would rule on the motion ‘soon’

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