Prince Andrew’s accuser has reportedly signed a book deal with a publisher a year after settling a sexual assault lawsuit with the Duke of York.
Virginia Giuffre, 39, has been working on a memoir about her abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, the rights to which could sell for millions of dollars.
Prince Andrew, 62, settled a civil suit with Ms Giuffre last year but he admitted no wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
It is clear that part of the deal that was struck was a one-year gag clause that prevented Ms. Giuffre from publicly repeating the allegations against the Duke. That clause expires next month.
Ms. Giuffre is free to write about her experience of sex trafficking at the hands of Epstein and his ex-girlfriend Maxwell, though it is unlikely she will be able to write about the details of her settlement with the Duke.
Nevertheless, the renewed spotlight on Ms. Giuffre could prove uncomfortable for the Duke, who is keen not to cast a shadow over King Charles’s coronation in May.
Lawyers for Ms Giuffre, who now lives in Australia with her husband and three children, were unable to confirm details of the book deal to The Telegraph.
“The Billionaire’s Playboy Club”
She has largely stayed out of the public eye since early last year, reportedly with a number of health issues.
Ms Giuffre has already written a manuscript, described as a memoir, which was first made public in a series of court documents related to her lawsuit against Maxwell, which was settled in May 2017.
In it, she describes encounters she had with Epstein and his associates while held as a sex slave for more than two years from the age of 17.
In the 139-page book, reportedly titled The Billionaire’s Playboy Club, she apparently claims she was “pimped” for high-profile men, including Prince Andrew.
“It was not easy to satisfy the sexual desires of these strange men, of which the prince is one,” she claims in the book, which was never picked up by a publisher.