The Loop: US judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit against Prince Andrew, Aussies

Good morning. It’s Thursday, January 13. Here’s what you need to get going today.

Prince Andrew speaks to press during an interview in Windsor, England, in April 2021.
A New York Judge has rejected a motion brought by lawyers for Prince Andrew to dismiss a sexual assault civil suit against the Royal.(AP: Steve Parsons/Pool)

Prince Andrew has failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss Virginia Giuffre‘s lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing her when she was under age and being trafficked by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

In a decision made public overnight, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan said:

  • Ms Giuffre, 38, was entitled to pursue claims that Prince Andrew battered her and intentionally caused her emotional distress
  • It was premature to consider Prince Andrew’s efforts to “cast doubt” on those claims, although he could do so at a trial
  • It was also too soon to decide whether Ms Giuffre and Epstein “clearly and unambiguously” intended to release people like Prince Andrew through a 2009 settlement agreement resolving Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit against Epstein

A trial could begin between September and December.

One thing you’ll be hearing about today: national cabinet

National cabinet is set to consider changes to isolation rules for essential workers to try to stop severe workforce shortages.

Currently, close contacts working in emergency services and food distribution who don’t have contact with the public can already go to work if they don’t have symptoms.

National cabinet will be considering whether to expand that group to include teachers and hospitality staff, among other workers, to try to stop severe workforce shortages.

State, territory and Commonwealth leaders will meet virtually at 12pm AEDT.

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  • Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis looms as a dangerous floater at the upcoming Australian Open after a thrilling three-set victory over John Isner
  • North Korean media says Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the successful test of a hypersonic missile and the leader is urging his country to press ahead with building more “strategic military muscle”

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A composite of Australian actresses Sarah Snook, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman.
Sarah Snook, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman are in the running.(AP: Jordan Strauss/Reuters: Mario Anzuoni/AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

Nicole Kidman is up for outstanding performance by a female actor for her leading role in biographical drama Being the Ricardos and Cate Blanchett is nominated for her supporting role in the Guillermo del Toro-directed neo-noir thriller Nightmare Alley.

Sarah Snook is up for her performance in the critically acclaimed worldwide hit Succession.

And actor Kodi Smit-McPhee has been nominated for his role in the western drama film The Power of the Dog.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

That’s it for…

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