New details are brought up to light by Virginia Roberts relating convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Andrew.
In her first UK interview, Virginia Giuffre — previously known as Virginia Roberts — told the BBC’s Panorama that when she was 17 years old she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with his friends, including the Duke of York.
Buckingham Palace denied her allegations in a statement to CNN on Monday.
“It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation,” they said.
Dancing at London nightclub
Giuffre, in a 2015 defamation case brought against Maxwell alleged that she “was forced to have sexual relations with this Prince when she was a minor in three separate geographical locations.”
Maxwell has denied all allegations levied against her. Her attorneys have previously denied she engaged in sexual abuse or sex trafficking.
Prince Andrew told the same BBC Panorama programme in November: “I can tell you categorically I don’t remember meeting her at all. I do not remember a photograph being taken and I’ve said consistently and frequently that we never had any sort of sexual contact whatever.”
Giuffre details night with Prince Andrew
At London nightclub Tramp in a VIP section, Giuffre said Andrew ordered her a vodka and asked her to dance.
“He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life,” Giuffre told the BBC. “I mean it was horrible and this guy was sweating all over me, like his sweat was, like it was raining basically everywhere, I was just like grossed out from it but I knew I had to keep him happy because that’s what Jeffrey and Ghislaine would have expected from me.”
When they left the club, Giuffre says she was given instructions from Maxwell. “In the car Ghislaine tells me that I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey and that just made me sick,” Giuffre said, adding that she had sex with the prince at Maxwell’s house in London’s Belgravia.
Prince could be served subpoenas
Prince Andrew could be issued with subpoenas to give evidence in the US court cases of five women who have accused Epstein of sexually abusing them.
“There are questions we have that he needs to answer. We have proposed to have him do that in an interview. He has thus far declined to do that,” Boies told CNN.
Giuffre asks British public to stand beside her
Buckingham Palace said in response to the interview that the Duke “unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein” and “deeply sympathizes with those affected who want some form of closure.”
The BBC spoke with Giuffre before Andrew was interviewed by the broadcaster in November, when he said he did not recall meeting her and that he “didn’t sweat at the time” because of a medical condition. During the interview, the prince was also asked about a photo that appeared to show him with his arm around Giuffre’s waist; he responded by saying he had “no recollection of the photograph ever being taken” and suggested that the photo could have been faked.
Following Andrew’s interview, Giuffre told the BBC she stood by her account of events.
“People on the inside are going to keep coming up with these ridiculous excuses like his arm was elongated or the photo was doctored,” she said.
Giuffre said she implores the British public to “stand up” beside her and “to not accept this as being OK.”
“This is not some sordid sex story,” she said. “This is a story of being trafficked, this is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guys’ royalty.”