Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew’s accuser, will be facing a civil trial in court

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Today, Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered the trial of Virginia Giuffre’s allegations that the Duke abused her during her trafficking by Jeffrey Epstein.

Virginia Giuffre, the Prince Andrew accuser, stated that she is pleased that the Duke will be subject to a civil trial.

In a statement, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies said: “Virginia Giuffre is pleased that Prince Andrew’s efforts to avoid a trial have been rejected and that evidence will now be taken on her claims against him. She looks forward to a judicial determination of the merits of those claims.”

Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered today a trial in Virginia Giuffre’s claim that the Duke of York had abused her during her trafficking by Jeffrey Epstein, a paedophile financier.

Andrew’s legal team had suggested that the case should not be heard.

Epstein and Ghislaine Minwell were both convicted of child trafficking charges last month. This forced Epstein, then 17, to have sex, Ms Giuffre claimed.

The royal strongly denied the allegations.

This bombshell ruling follows a 12-page secret agreement between Jeffrey Epstein and Giuffre.

The document – signed in 2009 – stated Ms Giuffre agreed not to sue anyone connected to the disgraced financier and in return she received a $500,000 (£371,000) payout.

Legal counsel for the royal argued that the document protected him from Ms Giuffre’s claims and that the civil case against him should not be tried.

After a videoconference hearing with representatives of the Queen’s son, Lewis Kaplan, US District Judge, made his ruling. The prince was not there.

The judge explained his reasons for refusing the Duke of York’s motion to dismiss the civil suit against him and said that an agreement was reached in the civil settlement between Epstein, Ms Giuffre. “cannot be said”To his benefit.

In his ruling, he stated: “The 2009 Agreement cannot be said to demonstrate, clearly and unambiguously, the parties intended the instrument ‘directly,’ ‘primarily,’ or ‘substantially,’ to benefit Prince Andrew.