“Ms. Giuffre’s complaint is neither ‘unintelligible’ nor ‘vague’ nor ‘ambiguous,'” Judge Lewis Kaplan wrote in the ruling. “It alleges discrete incidents of sexual abuse in particular circumstances at three identifiable locations. It identifies to whom it attributes that sexual abuse.”
Prince Andrew has denied the allegations and had moved to dismiss the suit.
Giuffre’s attorney David Boies has said the settlement is irrelevant to her claim against the prince, noting Andrew did not know about it at the time and that it didn’t apply to him.
The royal could face a trial date between September and December 2022. The long-running allegations against Andrew have already dramatically tarnished his public standing, and he stepped back from royal duties in late 2019.
This is a developing story and will be updated.