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A federal court just released the settlement deal between Epstein and Giuffre

Virginia Roberts Giuffre speaks during a press conference outside a Manhattan court in New York, Aug. 27, 2019.
Bebeto Matthews
Virginia Roberts Giuffre speaks during a press conference outside a Manhattan court in New York, Aug. 27, 2019.

Updated January 3, 2022 at 12:22 PM ET

The settlement deal between disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre, one of his main accusers, was publicly released Monday, after being kept secret for more than a decade.

The 2009 agreement was filed under seal in two court cases that pit Giuffre against the U.K.'s Prince Andrew and attorney Alan Dershowitz. Giuffre says Epstein arranged for her to have sex with the men on multiple occasions when she was a minor. At the time, her last name was Roberts.

In the agreement, Giuffre agreed to end her lawsuit, filed as Jane Doe No. 102 vs. Jeffrey Epstein, in exchange for Epstein agreeing to give Giuffre $500,000 "and other valuable consideration," an accommodation that was not explained in detail.

Some terms of the deal also apply to "second parties" and "other potential defendants," categories that could apply to many of Epstein's alleged co-conspirators. For instance, the agreement states that upon taking effect, it will "remise, release, acquit, satisfy, and forever discharge" anyone who could be a potential defendant from state or federal lawsuits filed by Giuffre.

The expansive terms of the agreement apply "from the beginning of the world to the day of this release."

District Judges Loretta A. Preska and Lewis A. Kaplan ruled in December that the entire document should be publicly released, saying that no parties in the legal proceedings had shown "good cause" for it to remain obscured. Epstein died in 2019; his death was ruled a suicide.

The 12-page settlement is "a final resolution of a disputed claim and is intended to avoid litigation," the document states. But its language is certain to be parsed in the ongoing court cases involving Dershowitz and Andrew. While parts of the deal seek to limit the legal exposure of people in Epstein's inner circle, it's uncertain how it could be applied in those lawsuits.

Andrew's legal team says the 2009 arrangement voids any claims Giuffre might have against him. As the BBC reports, the Duke of York's lawyer, Andrew B. Brettler, has previously said that the Epstein settlement "releases Prince Andrew and others from any purported liability arising from the claims Ms Giuffre asserted against Prince Andrew here."

As for Dershowitz, Giuffre filed her suit against the famous Harvard Law School professor in 2019. And because it's a defamation case, it also pertains to the time period after the settlement took effect 10 years earlier.

The settlement is emerging less than a week after Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's longtime partner, was found guilty of sex trafficking a minor and other crimes. Giuffre and numerous other accusers say Maxwell and Epstein lured underage girls into their orbit by promising to improve their lives, with sexual exploitation as their true goal.

In a deposition that was made public in 2020, Giuffre named a number of high-profile men with whom she said she was told to have sex, including Dershowitz, Andrew and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. All three men have denied the allegations.

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