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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Prince Andrew lawsuit reviewed AND top vaccine scientist optimistic about 2022

 

PRINCE ANDREW LAWSUIT: The Duke of York’s accuser waived her right to sue him for sexual assault when she signed a 500,000 dollar (£370,000) settlement agreement, a US court has been told.

Andrew’s lawyer, Andrew B Brettler, argued during a video conference hearing that the confidential agreement Virginia Giuffre entered into with Jeffrey Epstein, who she claims trafficked her to have sex with the duke, ended her right to pursue anyone else.

The document, made public on Monday, detailed how Andrew’s accuser received a 500,000 dollar payout in 2009 and agreed to “release, acquit, satisfy and forever discharge” disgraced financier Epstein and “any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant”.

The duke’s lawyer said about the claim for damages brought by Ms Giuffre: “It is unfair, it is unjust, it should be dismissed.”

Judge Lewis A Kaplan, who is presiding over the case, told the parties at the conclusion of the hearing convened to hear arguments about dismissing the civil lawsuit that he would have a decision “very soon”.

One of the UK's leading vaccine scientists and the driving force behind AstraZeneca says that the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic is behind us. Sir Andrew Pollard expressed optimism going forward – saying we just need to get through the winter months.

and Rail passengers were hit by disruption on the first working day of the year in England and Wales due to a combination of faults and coronavirus-related staff shortages. National Rail Enquiries warned passengers that a "problem under investigation" between Darlington and York was causing disruption between the stations. And Merseyrail services were suspended between Kirkdale and Kirkby following a power supply problem.


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