Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by the disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein as a 17-year-old to have sex with Prince Andrew, has urged the UK public to “stand beside her” and slammed the Duke of York’s “ridiculous excuses”.
- Prince Andrew has “emphatically denied” he ever met Ms Giuffre
- She said the Duke of York was a “hideous” dancer and had sweated over her
- The Prince claims he lost the ability to sweat owing to a military injury
Ms Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, has long maintained that she was forced by Epstein and his then-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell to have sex with Prince Andrew in 2001.
Now 36 and living in Australia, Ms Giuffre was interviewed by the BBC’s Panorama program as part of their investigation into the allegations against Jeffrey Epstein.
She told the program she was forced to have sex with the Prince three times — once in New York, once in London and once at Epstein’s private Caribbean island during an “orgy.”
“This is not some sordid sex story. This is a story of being trafficked. This is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guys’ royalty,” she said.
Ms Giuffre also told the BBC that a photo of her and the Prince, which he suggested could be fake, is genuine and she gave the original to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2011.
Last month, Prince Andrew “categorically” denied having sex with Ms Giuffre, saying he had “no recollection” of having met her.
Four days after the interview, the Duke of York announced that he was withdrawing from public duties for the “foreseeable future.”
‘He is the most hideous dancer’
In his interview with Newsnight, Prince Andrew cast doubt on Ms Giuffre’s testimony that he was “profusely sweating” in a nightclub by claiming that an incident during the Falklands War meant he could not perspire.
Ms Giuffre stood by her claim that she was taken to London’s Tramp nightclub by Epstein and Ms Maxwell in 2001 and asked to dance by the Duke.
“He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life,” Ms Giuffre said.
“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.”
She also slammed claims made by palace sources to UK media outlets that a photo of the Duke with his arm around her waist is fake.
“The people on the inside are going to keep coming up with these ridiculous excuses like his arm was elongated or the photo was doctored,” Ms Giuffre said.
She said the photo was taken at Ms Maxwell’s London flat because she wanted to show her family that she had met a member of the Royal family.
“It’s a real photo. I’ve given it to the FBI for their investigation and it’s an authentic photo. There’s a date on the back of it from when it was printed,” she said.
Prince Andrew faces witness subpoenas in US
The BBC revealed that lawyers for five of Jeffery Epstein’s victims want Prince Andrew to provide witness testimony in their court cases.
The women, who are suing Epstein’s estate, said the Prince witnessed people being given massages at the financier’s homes.
Pre-trial witness subpoenas have been prepared for all five cases and could be served on Prince Andrew if he returns to the United States.
The subpoenas would have to be signed off by a judge once the Prince was on US soil, and he could challenge them in court if he did not want to give evidence.
“One of the things that we have tried is to interview Prince Andrew and to try to get what his explanation is,” said David Boies, a lawyer for the women.
“He was a frequent visitor. They ought to submit to an interview. They ought to talk about it.”
The BBC also uncovered an email from Prince Andrew to Ms Maxwell in 2015.
“Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts,” the email said.
“Have some info. Call me when you have a moment,” she replied.
Ms Maxwell has previously denied any involvement in or knowledge of Epstein’s abuse.
Buckingham Palace denies Ms Giuffre’s allegations
In response to the Panorama program, Buckingham Palace said in a statement that Prince Andrew “unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein” and “deeply sympathises with those affected who want some form of closure”.
“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.”
The Duke stepped back from official duties last month in the wake of the Newsnight interview, which led to several charities and universities distancing themselves from him.