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Virginia Giuffre alleged she was pulled into years of abuse by investor Jeffrey Epstein. Getty

A woman who alleged she was held as a teenage sex slave by a well-connected billionaire financier has settled a lawsuit accusing another woman of facilitating the abuse.

Virginia Giuffre alleged she was pulled into years of abuse by investor Jeffrey Epstein when she was working as a 15-year-old towel girl at President Donald Trumps Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach in 1999.

The suit alleged no wrongdoing on Trumps part, but accused Epsteins girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell of procuring underage girls for Epstein. She denied the allegations.

The made-for-the-tabloids case appeared to be nearing trial as soon as this month when a last-minute delay was granted by the judge. Anoticefiled with the federal court in Manhattan Wednesday said a settlement had been reached in the case, but did not reveal details.

Lawyers for both sides issued identical statements welcoming the outcome.

We are happy to have settled this matter without the need for a trial and are pleased with the result, the attorneys said.

Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, was represented by attorneys David Boies, Sigrid McCawley, Brad Edwards, Paul Cassell and Stan Pottinger, while Maxwell was represented by lawyer Laura Menninger.

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The suit had drawn media attention as an extension of thetwo-decade-long saga that drew in a slew of prominent political figuresranging from Trump to President Bill Clinton to Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.

Trumps aides maintain he had no friendship with Epstein, but in a 2002 interview Trump said hed known Epstein for 15 years. Terrific guy, Trumpsaid.Hes a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.

Clinton also socialized with Epstein and took a number of trips on board Epsteins private planes, including a 727 used for a Clinton Foundation jaunt to Africa.

As U.S. Attorney in Miami a decade ago, Acosta approved a controversial plea deal for Epstein that allowed him to escape federal charges while pleading guilty to two state felonies. He served 13 months under lax conditions in a county jail before being released. Acosta said he was troubled by the lenient outcome in the case, but thought the plea deal to be a reasonable resolution of the case at the time.

The suit also drew the interest of pro-Trump blogger Mike Cernovich, who intervened in an effort to unseal hundreds of pages of court filings that were blacked-out to a degree that rendered them virtually incomprehensible to the public.

In 2014, Roberts accused several prominent figures of having taken part in the alleged sexual abuse, including Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew of Britain. Both men flatly denied the claims. Dershowitz recently filed an appeal seeking to unseal records in Giuffres lawsuit that he says shred her credibility.

Other litigation related to Epsteins sexual involvement with underage girls remains pending, including a suit in Florida challenging the plea deal as violation of a federal victims rights law and a suit another woman brought against Maxwell making similar claims that she facilitated abuse by Epstein.