Prince Andrew Faces Trial After Failing to Stop Sex Abuse Lawsuit

Prince Andrew's motion to throw out accusations he sexually abused a 17-year-old Jeffrey Epstein victim has been "denied in all respects."

The Duke of York failed to tank the bombshell civil case brought by Virginia Giuffre over an out-of-court settlement she signed in 2009 with the New York financier.

Prince Andrew's lawyers said Giuffre agreed not to sue "other potential defendants."

The duke also demanded his accuser provide more details of her allegations against him, but the New York court ruled she did not have to at this stage in the process.

In a 46-page document seen by Newsweek, Judge Lewis Kaplan wrote: "The 2009 agreement cannot be said to demonstrate, clearly and unambiguously, the parties intended the instrument 'directly,' 'primarily,' or 'substantially,' to benefit Prince Andrew."

He added: "For the foregoing reasons, defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint or for a more definite statement is denied in all respects."

The next step for Prince Andrew will involve giving a deposition, when Giuffre's lawyers will look to find cracks in his account that he has never had sex with their client.

That could take place within months and Giuffre's team has already indicated a desire to challenge remarks he made during an interview in November 2019.

They requested documents proving his assertion he had a medical inability to sweat. His lawyers conceded he does not have such documents.

The point is relevant because Giuffre has described how he was sweating profusely when they went with Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell to London nightclub Tramp, in 2001.

She says the four of them went back to Maxwell's London townhouse where she was made to have sex with the duke for the first time.

The prince told Emily Maitlis in 2019: "There's a slight problem with the sweating because I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don't sweat or I didn't sweat at the time and that was it.

"Yes, I didn't sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenalin in the Falkland's War when I was shot at and I simply, it was almost impossible for me to sweat."

Andrew Brettler, the duke's attorney, pushed in court for Giuffre to supply a more detailed account of her allegations prior to depositions being taken.

However, the court rejected the argument saying there is no requirement for her to do so at this stage in the process.

Kaplan wrote: "While he understandably seeks more detail about the precise details of [Giuffre's] claims, he will be able to obtain that detail during pretrial discovery.

"Moreover, defendant's assertion that he cannot reasonably prepare a response to [Giuffre's] allegations plainly contradicts the content of his moving papers, in which he denies Ms. Giuffre's allegations in no uncertain terms."

Andrew denies any wrongdoing.

Prince Andrew at Horse Show
Prince Andrew, seen at the Great Yorkshire Show on July 11, 2019, failed to get his sexual abuse lawsuit thrown out. He now faces being deposed and ultimately a trial. Ian Forsyth/Getty Images