PRINCE Andrew’s lawyers will launch a new offer to dismiss the lawsuit against him, we learned.
The accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre has said she is unlikely to accept a refund and that the Duke is currently anxiously awaiting a judge to decide whether her civil case will be dropped.
If this continues, Andrew will face a full civil trial in New York City over allegations that he sexually assaulted Ms. Giuffre three times in 2001, when she was 17.
Andrew has always firmly denied all allegations made against him.
His lawyers now believe they can stop the case because federal law explicitly prohibits two parties who are not residents of the United States from facing each other in court.
“They think they have a real argument to have this dismissed,” a source told the Mirror.
“If they can prove, under the federal law where Ms. Giuffre filed her case, that there is precedent for not bringing a lawsuit where both parties do not reside in the United States, then it should be immediately stopped.”
Insiders have claimed Andrew could settle the lawsuit out of court if he goes to trial, with his lawyers keeping the settlement option “on the table” because of the negative impact a court case could have on. other members of the royal family.
It is believed the Duke may have to shell out more than $ 5million (£ 3.7million) to persuade her to settle down.
However, according to The Telegraph, Ms Giuffre is unlikely to agree to any financial settlement – as she wants to send the message that anyone accused of preying on young girls will be subject to the full force of the law.
The newspaper says she would not “get the word out” that money makes sexual assault go away.
His lawyers have said that the main reason the civil action has been brought is to show that “those who hold power and privilege” must always face justice.
And they are aware of the potential backlash that could arise if they chose to take the Duke’s money rather than go to trial.
It comes as Andrew has found a buyer to give him his Swiss chalet and could use the money to fund his growing legal fees.
THE DUKE SELLS A CHALET
The Duke of York has set a price with a mysterious millionaire for his house in Verbier valued at over £ 17million.
Andy is said to be convinced that the paperwork will be over soon and that he needs the money to fund his sexual abuse case.
But the Duke will first have to repay Isabella de Rouvre who loaned the Duke money to buy the chalet and sued him for £ 7million 18 months ago.
He could have around £ 10million left that he could use to fund his US lawyers or even come up with a settlement.
A source close to the sale said: “A buyer has been found and a price has been agreed upon.
“Things are progressing. It’s not over yet. But we hope it will be very soon.”
A settlement would mean the Duke – and potentially other members close to the cabinet – would avoid a court appearance.
But that wouldn’t go far to help clear his name after the Duke’s disastrous interview with Newsnight in 2019.
Andrew’s trafficking girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted last week of helping lure vulnerable teenagers to ex-lover Epstein’s properties for him to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.
She could spend the rest of her life in prison after being convicted of five out of six counts of sex trafficking for Epstein’s pedophile ring.
Prince Andrew’s representatives have been approached for comment.