The British royal had been named in a civil suit against financier Jeffrey Epstein

By Michelle Tauber
Updated April 07, 2015 07:10 PM
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Prince Andrew got some good news Tuesday.

A Florida judge ruled that accusations of sexual misconduct against the British royal, 55, were “lurid” and “unnecessary” to decide a civil case against his former friend, financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to BBC News.

Andrew had been named in court papers by Virginia Roberts, who alleged Epstein forced her to have sex with influential men, including the Duke of York, in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein between 1999 and 2002. She was 17 at the time.

Buckingham Palace previously called the allegations “categorically untrue” and said they lacked “any foundation.”

Two Jane Does have filed suit against the U.S. government for allegedly not protecting their rights when in a plea deal Epstein, who served jail time in 2008 for a sex offense with a minor.

But Judge Kenneth Marra denied Roberts’s attempt to join the claim, stating, “the factual details regarding with whom and where the Jane Does engaged in sexual activities are immaterial and impertinent to this central claim,” Reuters reports.