Virginia Giuffre has dropped a lawsuit against a Harvard law professor she previously claimed was one of those whom Jeffrey Epstein trafficked her for for sex.
The 39-year-old activist, Allegation of sexual assault by Prince AndrewSaid she ‘may have made a mistake’ Epstein She was abducted and sold to former professor Alan Dershowitz two decades ago.
She added that she was young and in a “very stressful and distressing environment”.
Ms Giuffre sued Mr Dershowitz in 2019 and accused him of defaming her by denying her claims, prompting him to counterclaim her for defamation.
The parties have now agreed to drop their respective claims and drop any appeals in a joint Manhattan federal court filing.
Mr Dershowitz, 84, said in a statement: “Ms Giuffre is commendable for her courage now that she has said publicly that she may have misunderstood me.”
The U.S. attorney previously represented Epstein in a 2008 non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in Florida.
In that year, Epstein, a now-disgraced billionaire financier with ties to the rich and famous, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of prostitution and served 13 months in the county jail with day off, and registered as a sex offender.
Epstein’s 2008 deal sparked new scrutiny following a 2019 Miami Herald investigation.
Manhattan federal prosecutors charged Epstein with sex trafficking charges in July 2019. The following month, he was found dead by suicide in his Manhattan jail cell at the age of 66.
Ms Giuffre said she was trafficked by Epstein when she was 17 to have sex with Andrew.
Duke Repeatedly deny claims and has not been charged with any criminal offence.
Mr. Dershowitz is also known for helping U.S. soccer star OJ Simpson from murder charges and defending former U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2020 impeachment trial.