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Prince Andrew asks US judge to keep a 2009 legal agreement sealed


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Lawyers acting on behalf of the Duke of York have asked a judge to keep a 2009 legal agreement sealed.

The request had been made following submissions by Prince Andrew’s lawyer who claims that the deal can protect the Duke against a lawsuit claiming he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre when she was 17-years-old.

Court papers filed in Manhattan federal court show that the Prince’s lawyers have made the request to US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan who is presiding over a lawsuit filed by Ms Giuffre.

Ms Giuffre has long alleged that Prince Andrew sexually abused her on multiple occasions in 2001 when she was 17-years-old.

Prince Andrew has strongly and consistently denied the allegaions.

Attorney Andrew Brettler, representing the Duke, said he is preparing written arguments asking for Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit to be dismissed. He further wants to include under seal an agreement that he claims prevents the lawsuit against Andrew from taking place.

Furthermore, he has requested that any information made during his arguments that reveal information in the agreement should be redacted.