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Prince Andrew to face trial over alleged sexual assault as judge dismisses appeal

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A New York Judge on Wednesday January 12, ruled that a civil case against Prince Andrew from Virginia Giuffre, a victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s underage sex ring can proceed to trial.

Giuffre sued the prince in August, claiming that he abused her on multiple occasions in 2001 when she was a 17-year-old victim of the sex trafficking ring Epstein ran for decades with the help of his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.

Epstein famously died in jail ahead of a federal trial on related charges, but Maxwell was convicted late last month.

The British royal’s legal team had sought to have the case dismissed on the basis it was “legally insufficient,” largely due to a settlement she signed in 2009 with his friend, the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, which he claimed released him from any liability.

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