Queen ‘spending millions privately to fund Prince Andrew’s fight over sexual assault lawsuit’
Quinn ‘spending millions privately to fund Prince Andrew’s fight against Virginia Joffrey’ sexual assault case’
- The Queen agreed to pay the Duke’s legal defense costs after his interview with Newsnight
- Her Majesty the Queen will issue funds from her private estates in the Duchy of Lancaster
- The royals expect the legal bill to reach millions of pounds
The Queen spends millions of pounds in financing Prince AndrewCombating allegations of sexual assault.
The Duke of York is being sued in New York by Virginia Joffrey, 38, who claims he sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions when she was 17. LondonNew York, and on a pedophile billionaire Jeffrey EpsteinCaribbean island.
Andrew, 61, has consistently and vehemently denied the allegations.
Her Majesty, 95, agreed to pay for the Duke’s legal defense last year, shortly after his disastrous interview on BBC Newsnight, according to Daily Telegraph.
The Queen (pictured left, at the Balmoral Cricket Pavilion in Scotland yesterday) spends millions of pounds to fund Prince Andrew (right)’s fight against sexual assault allegations
The Duke last week expanded his US legal team to include Melissa Lerner along with his chief counsel, Andrew Breitler.
Breitler is believed to charge $2,000 an hour from the Duke.
The newspaper reported that the Queen will issue the money from her own estate, the Duchy of Lancaster.
Courtiers expect the bill to number into the millions as the civil lawsuit against Andrew continues for months or even years.
The potential settlement or damages compensation will cost millions more in addition to the total bill.
Virginia Roberts photographed with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell in early 2001
Lerner is of Los Angeles-based Lavley Singer – a high-profile law firm known for hiding the legal problems of celebrities.
On the same day, the defendant’s lawyer, Andrew Virginia Roberts said Epstein’s estate had agreed to reveal details of a confidential settlement between them and Epstein – which the Duke says could protect him from liability.
In a BBC interview about the 2019 car crash, he claimed he had no recollection of meeting Roberts, now a 38-year-old mother of three who lives in Australia and is best known by her married name Virginia Joffrey.
A now infamous photograph, taken inside the London home of Epstein’s alleged Mrs. Ghislaine Maxwell, shows Andrew smiling for the camera with his arm around Roberts’ waist as Maxwell stands in the background. Maxwell denied being my lady.
Lerner, who has represented rock stars in the past, asked to be allowed to represent Andrew in an application, a formal request to be someone’s attorney.
Virginia Roberts (pictured) claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew on three occasions when she was 17 – under the age of majority in the United States. He denies these allegations
Prince Andrew walks with Jeffrey Epstein in Central Park, New York City in 2011 after friends left Epstein’s Manhattan home
The request, filed in Federal Court, says she is seeking an order “to appear as counsel to defendant Prince Andrew, Duke of York, A/K/Andrew Albert Christian Edward”.
Roberts’ lawyers won by releasing papers that Prince’s team believed were essential, avoiding the possibility of further delays.
And Miss Roberts’ side are very satisfied with her legal settlement with Jeffrey Epstein He wouldn’t protect the Duke because he’d be happy to hand him over.
Andrew’s team usually has to apply to the court to request a ruling but the preemptive move on the part of the opposition eliminates the need for that.
His lawyers said they believed the deal Ms. Roberts signed in 2009 to settle a civil lawsuit against Epstein would release him “from any liability.”
Newly filed court documents show that her team obtained permission from Epstein’s estate to pass the agreement, which has so far been kept confidential.
They asked the judge to sign the extradition in a sign that they believed it would have little impact on the case.
“The estate of Jeffrey Epstein has now agreed that Geoffrey provide a copy of the disputed confidentiality agreement to Prince Andrew,” wrote Miss Roberts’ attorney David Boyce.
Mr Boies cautioned that he believed the document was “irrelevant” to the case against the Duke.