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发布时间:2022-01-18 11:50:29 来源:听力鸭英语网

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II removed Prince Andrew from all of his military titles and royal positions last Thursday.

上周四,英国女王伊丽莎白二世撤销了安德鲁王子的所有军衔和王室职务。

The move came after an American judge ruled that a legal action against the prince could go forward.

在此之前,一名美国法官裁定,针对安德鲁王子的法律诉讼可以继续进行。

Buckingham Palace said in a statement that Prince Andrew's "military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the queen."

白金汉宫在一份声明中表示,安德鲁王子的“军衔和王室赞助人身份已经归还给女王”。

Patronages refer to positions in charities, military and civic groups that the royal family supports.

Patronages的意思是在王室支持的慈善机构、军队和民间团体所担任的职位。

The legal action against Andrew was filed by Virginia Giuffre, also known as Virginia Roberts.

对安德鲁王子提起法律诉讼的是弗吉尼亚·吉弗,又名弗吉尼亚·罗伯茨。

Last August, Giuffre took legal action the 61-year-old prince, saying she was forced into having sex with him in 2001, when she was 17.

去年8月,吉弗对61岁的安德鲁王子提起法律诉讼,称她在2001年被迫与他发生性关系,当时她17岁。

Giuffre said the attacks took place at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell as well as properties owned by Jeffrey Epstein in New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

吉弗说,性侵发生于吉斯莱恩·麦克斯韦在伦敦的家里,以及杰弗里·爱泼斯坦在纽约和美属维尔京群岛的房子里。

Epstein was a wealthy financier who killed himself in a New York City prison in 2019 while awaiting his trial on sex abuse charges.

爱泼斯坦是一名富有的金融家,他于2019年在纽约市的一所监狱自杀,当时他正在等待性虐待指控的审判。

Maxwell was found guilty last month of sex trafficking of young girls for Epstein.

麦克斯韦上个月被判为爱泼斯坦对未成年女孩进行性交易罪名成立。

Andrew's lawyers have called the legal action "baseless" and accused Giuffre of looking for money.

安德鲁王子的律师称这一法律诉讼“毫无根据”,并指控吉弗是在索要钱财。

They argued that Giuffre signed away her right to sue the prince in a 2009 settlement with Epstein.

他们辩称,在2009年与爱泼斯坦达成的一项和解协议中,吉弗签字放弃了起诉安德鲁王子的权利。

The lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan to dismiss the case for that reason.

律师们因此要求美国地区法官刘易斯·卡普兰驳回此案。

Andrew told the BBC news service in November 2019 that he could not have had sex with Giuffre at Maxwell's home.

2019年11月,安德鲁王子在接受BBC新闻采访时表示,他不可能在麦克斯韦的家中与吉弗发生性关系。

He said he had returned to his house that night after a children's party.

他说,那天晚上,他参加完一个儿童派对就回到了他家。

Judge Kaplan rejected the argument by Andrew's lawyers.

卡普兰法官驳回了安德鲁律师的辩护词。

He said it was too soon to decide whether Giuffre and Epstein meant for the 2009 settlement to release Andrew.

他说,决定吉弗和爱泼斯坦是否在2009年达成的和解协议中放弃起诉安德鲁王子还为时过早。

The judge also noted that he was not ruling on the truth of Giuffre's allegations.

该法官还指出,他并不是在裁决吉弗的指控的真实性。

He said the prince would be able to argue against Giuffre's claims at a trial.

他说,安德鲁王子可以在审判过程中反驳吉弗的说法。

The allegations have damaged the prince's reputation -- the common opinion about him.

这些指控损害了安德鲁王子的声誉,即人们对他的普遍看法。

Andrew had already stepped down from public duties after critics said he failed to answer questions about his ties to Epstein.

在批评人士称安德鲁王子未能回答有关他与爱泼斯坦关系的问题后,安德鲁王子已经辞去了公职。

Last Thursday, the queen's office also said Andrew would no longer be known as "His Royal Highness."

上周四,女王办公室还表示,安德鲁王子将不再被称为“殿下”。

The office added that the prince "is defending this case as a private citizen."

该办公室还说,安德鲁王子“是以普通公民的身份为此案进行辩护的”。

If the case goes to trial and Giuffre wins, Andrew could be ordered to pay Giuffre money.

如果此案开庭审理,吉弗胜诉,安德鲁王子可能会被勒令向吉弗进行赔偿。

The legal action against Andrew is a civil case.

针对安德鲁王子的这起法律诉讼是民事案件。

That means the prince would not be charged with criminal offenses.

这意味着安德鲁王子不会被指控刑事犯罪。

Andrew has repeatedly chosen not to meet with U.S. government lawyers investigating Epstein's sex trafficking case.

安德鲁王子曾多次选择不见调查爱泼斯坦性交易案件的美国政府律师。

Judge Kaplan said the possible trial against Andrew could start between September and December of this year.

卡普兰法官表示,对安德鲁王子的审判可能会在今年9月至12月之间开始。

I'm Ashley Thompson.

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