By G9ija

A United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has given an American woman Virginia Giuffre, permission to bring a sexual assault suit against the second son of the Queen of England, Prince Andrew.

Andrew is to face the civil case in the United States over allegations he sexually assaulted Giuffre in 2001 when she was 17.

According to The BBC, the case against the 61-year-old Duke of York could be heard in court later this year.

Andrew’s lawyers had told the court that the complaint ought to be dismissed, following a 2009 deal she signed with convicted American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The prince consistently denied the allegations against him.

But a New York judge, Lewis A Kaplan, ruled in a 46-page decision that the case against him could continue.