Anthony Figueroa, who was in a relationship with Ms Giuffre at the time of the allegations in 2001, says he hopes the prince ‘has to face everything he is accused of’.
Ms Giuffre, 38, is one of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein‘s most high-profile victims and claims she was trafficked by him and girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions when she was 17.
However, the prince’s legal team are bidding to have the case thrown out on the basis that she waived her right to to sue him when she signed an earlier £370,000 ($500,000) legal settlement with Epstein.
The duke, 61, vehemently denies the claims and says Ms Giuffre is after ‘another payday at his expense’.
Judge Lewis Kaplan told his lawyer at a hearing in New York on Tuesday that he would ‘have the decision pretty soon’.
Mr Figueroa appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today to give his reaction to the hearing, raising his concerns that ‘somebody is going to get away with it’.
He said: ‘Until I see him face the music about any of this, I honestly feel like more than likely somebody is going to get away with it.
‘He [Prince Andrew] is royalty, so out of anybody, I imagine he would probably be one of them to not have to deal with any of this.
‘Then again, I have no clue. I hope he does end up having to face everything he is accused of.’
Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts, aged 17 at Ghislaine Maxwell’s townhouse in London, in March 2001
Prince Andrew came under fire after he was spotted taking a stroll through New York’s Central Park with Epstein following his prison term in 2011
Virginia Roberts holds a photo of herself at age 16, when she says Jeffrey Epstein began abusing her sexually
Ghislaine Maxwell’s house in Belgravia, London, where Virginia Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Virginia Roberts’s, who is suing Prince Andrew under her married name Giuffre, ex-boyfriend Anthony Figueroa on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday morning
Mr Figueroa pictured alongside Ms Giuffre. He said today he hopes Prince Andrew ‘faces everything he is accused of’
How Andrew is trying to have sex assault case thrown out
Prince Andrew’s lawyers appeared at a New York court Tuesday to try to get his sex assault case dismissed.
Virginia Giuffre, 38, claims she was 17 when she slept with Andrew three times in 2001 under orders from Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of the duke. She is suing for claims of battery and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Andrew has called her accusations ‘baseless’ and repeatedly denied them, claiming that she is seeking a ‘payday at his expense’.
His lawyers are using details of a $500,000 settlement reached in 2009 between Ms Giuffre and Epstein to block the case against the duke.
They will argue that Andrew was essentially identified as a defendant in that settlement and so Ms Giuffre signed away the right to sue him.
The unsealed court papers revealed that she agreed to ‘release, acquit, satisfy and for ever discharge’ Epstein and ‘any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant’.
Andrew is not named in the settlement but his lawyers believe he is covered as a ‘potential defendant’.
The document also references the term ‘royalty’, something the duke’s lawyers also suggest gives them ‘strong legal ground’ to dismiss the case.
It says: ‘In addition to being continually exploited to satisfy the defendant’s every sexual whim, (she) was also required to be sexually exploited by (Epstein’s) adult male peers, including royalty, politicians, academicians, businessmen, and/or other professional and personal acquaintances.’
His lawyers believe the document gives him a strong case to have the claims against him dismissed, though experts say its wording is ‘vague’.
If unsuccessful, Andrew faces the prospect of a lengthy discovery and deposition process that could involve close members of family and his police protection officers, ahead of a trial in the autumn.
The ex-boyfriend also recounted finding out about Ms Giuffre’s trip to London in 2001, where she alleges she was sexually assaulted.
He said: ‘She had told me before that she was going to meet him [Prince Andrew in London] with Jeffrey Epstein.
‘When they were on their trip she called me and she was talking about that she knew what they wanted her to do. She was really nervous and scared because she didn’t know how to react to it.
‘I had explained to her that “you’re out the country and there’s nothing I can do to help you, you need to do whatever you can do to feel safe. If there’s anything that’s going to happen, it is completely out of my hands.” I wanted her to be safe.’
And asked if he wanted to intervene upon hearing of Ms Giuffre’s abuse claims at the time, Mr Figueroa added that he felt ‘powerless’.
He said: ‘What could I have done? I was 19 at the time. They were billionaires and had way more power than I did.
‘I was basically powerless. I couldn’t really do anything.’
His interview came just hours Prince Andrew’s hopes of getting the case by his US sex accuser thrown out of court were said to be hanging by a thread last night following a ‘brutal’ hearing in New York.
Judge Kaplan put his legal team through a bruising encounter before telling the royal he would find out ‘pretty soon’ – most likely within days – of his bid to have the lawsuit dismissed would be successful.
One legal expert said that the hearing ‘could not have gone worse’ and pointed out that the fact that his lawyers were reduced to saying they ‘respectfully disagree’ with the judge did not bode well- adding ‘respectfully disagreeing with the judge means you are about to lose.’
The prince denies the claims and says he has no recollection of even meeting her.
Judge Kaplan, though, appeared mostly dismissive of the arguments by the duke’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler.
He said that part of the 2009 settlement protecting ‘other potential defendants’ that Andrew’s lawyers had appeared to be leaning on was ‘unclear’ and pointed to two sentences in the text that seemed to suggest it could not be used by Andrew.
Judge Kaplan also pointed to language in the agreement stating it is ‘not intended to be used by any other person’ to protect themselves from lawsuits without the agreement of Miss Roberts and Epstein – again suggesting Andrew could not rely on it.
While he did not immediately rule at the end of the hearing, he made clear that he was not leaning Andrew’s way as he rejected much of the reasoning offered by Mr Brettler, who said the case ‘should absolutely be dismissed’.
The hearing is seen as one of Andrew’s last opportunities to get the civil lawsuit thrown out before a trial this autumn, which would potentially overshadow the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.
His side argued that the deal Ms Giuffre cut with Epstein in 2009 released the duke from any liability.
The settlement saw Ms Giuffre agree to ‘release, acquit, satisfy and forever discharge’ not only Epstein but also ‘any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant’.
However, Ms Giuffre’s team say the deal offers Andrew no protection.
She is seeking unspecified damages, but there is speculation the sum could be millions of dollars.
Source: Daily Mail UK