Virginia Giuffre is suing the prince, claiming he abused her in 2001.
In court documents, Ms Giuffre said she was the victim of sex trafficking and abuse by late billionaire financier Epstein.
Part of her abuse involved being lent out to other powerful men, she alleges.
Prince Andrew, the Queen's second son, said in an interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019 that he had no recollection of ever meeting Virginia Giuffre, and her account of them having sex in the US and UK "didn't happen".
His lawyers had highlighted a court agreement between Ms Giuffre and Epstein in 2009 not to sue anyone else connected to the financier when she settled her damages claim against him.
During a virtual hearing they said the Duke of York was a "potential defendant" as defined by the agreement and the case should be thrown out.
Ms Giuffre's lawyer said only the parties of the settlement agreement could benefit from it, and not a "third party".
In his decision, Judge Kaplan dismissed Prince Andrew's contention that the case against him was "legally insufficient" and could not go on to be heard at a future trial.
He said the court was not able to consider at this stage whether Prince Andrew was covered by the settlement agreement, describing it as "ambiguous".
He said his ruling did not consider the "defendant's efforts to cast doubt on the truth of Ms Giuffre's allegations, even though his efforts would be permissible at trial".
Judge Kaplan added: "In a similar vein and for similar reasons, it is not open to the court now to decide, as a matter of fact, just what the parties to the release in the 2009 settlement agreement signed by Ms Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein actually meant."
TLDR: Prince Andrew is being sued civily by one of his/epstein's victims. The judge ruled today that the lawsuit against him could move forward. Prince Andrew/his lawyers were trying to have the case thrown out on the basis that Virginia (the woman suing) signed a settlement agreement with Jeffrey Epstein after suing him in civil court in 2009. The agreement she signed stated she could not sue any of the parties in the lawsuit in the future (Epstein and Maxwell). Prince Andrew tried to argue this settlement agreement also applied to him, and the judge disagreed which means now her lawsuit can move forward. SOURCE Do you think this will affect the royal family, ONTD?