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Royal Sex scandal: Prince Andrews accuser opens up on how she was trafficked age 17

Royal Sex scandal: Prince Andrews accuser opens up on how she was trafficked age 17

Prince Andrew faced fresh humiliation last night as it was revealed he sent an email to Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell at 5.50am to let her know he had ‘specific questions’ about Virginia Roberts.

The BBC Panorama investigation uncovered a 2015 email which suggests he asked for Maxwell’s help in responding to Miss Roberts’ claims he had sex with her when she was 17 and a trafficked ‘sex slave’ of Epstein.

As part of the email, the prince asks Maxwell: ‘Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts,’ causing her to respond: ‘Have some info. Call me when you have a moment.’

The correspondence took place on January 3, 2015, days after Andrew had been named in US court documents submitted by Miss Roberts as part of her defamation lawsuit against alleged pimp Maxwell.

Andrew had been alerted to the fact that Miss Roberts intended to speak publicly about the lawsuit to British and US media outlets, potentially spurring the prince to reach out to his friend Maxwell for help.

The following day, Buckingham Palace issued a dramatic and, at that time, unprecedented denial of Miss Robert’s allegations in the January 4 edition of the Mail On Sunday.

The duke insisted during his own BBC interview last month that he has no memory of meeting Miss Roberts, saying: ‘I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.’

In excruciating detail last night, Miss Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, alleged she was ‘grossed out’ by dancing with the sweat-soaked royal and felt sick at realising she was expected to have sex with him aged 17.  Miss Roberts broke down in tears as she said she was trafficked by Andrew’s friend Jeffrey Epstein and given instructions about the prince by Maxwell, the billionaire paedophile’s then girlfriend.

Andrew has repeatedly and categorically denied having any sexual contact with Miss Roberts – denials she labelled as lies last night.

She said she had felt scared because Andrew and Epstein were powerful, adding: ‘I just didn’t expect it from royalty. I didn’t expect it from someone that people look up to and admire in the Royal Family.’

Describing their alleged sexual encounter, she said: ‘It didn’t last very long, the whole entire procedure. It was disgusting.

‘He wasn’t mean or anything but he got up and said “Thanks” and walked out. I sat there in bed just horrified and ashamed and felt dirty. I had to get up and have a shower.’

Miss Roberts said Miss Maxwell patted her on the back the next day and told her: ‘You made him really happy.’

The scandal has already led to Andrew, 59, being forced to step back from his royal duties.

His accuser, now 35, told Panorama they were introduced in 2001, when she was 17, after allegedly being ‘trafficked’ to Britain on Epstein’s private jet.

She said she was taken to a VIP area in Tramp nightclub in Mayfair, central London, where Andrew bought her vodka and asked her to dance.

Miss Roberts, who claims Miss Maxwell recruited her to work as Epstein’s masseuse when she was 15, said the socialite gave her instructions as they left.

She said: ‘In the car, Ghislaine tells me that I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey and that just made me sick.’

The married mother of three alleges she and Andrew had sex that night at Miss Maxwell’s home in Belgravia.

The 35-year-old told the BBC tonight that after leaving Tramp nightclub with Prince Andrew: ‘In the car Ghislaine tells me that I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey.

And that made me sick. I didn’t expect it from royalty. I didn’t expect it from someone that people look up to and admire – the royal family.’

She said: ‘There was a bath and it started there and it led into the bedroom. It didn’t last very long the whole entire procedure. It was disgusting.

‘He wasn’t mean or anything. But he got up and said thanks and walked out. And I sat there in bed just felt horrified and ashamed and felt dirty.’

She added: ‘I had just been abused by a member of the royal family.’

She also told the BBC that she knew she ‘had to keep him happy because that’s what Jeffrey and Ghislaine (Maxwell, Epstein’s then-girlfriend) would have expected from me.

 

Miss Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, urged the British public to ‘stand up beside me to help me fight this fight’ and ‘not accept this as being OK’.

In the interview with BBC Panorama, she told how Andrew was ‘the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life’ and ‘his sweat was … raining basically everywhere’.

In the broadcast she revealed she was sexually abused from the age of seven and had run away from home.

She said: ‘ I was abused from a very young age. Seven years old and my childhood was quickly taken away from me.

‘I was just so mentally scarred already at such a young age and I ran away from that. I found nothing on the streets except for hunger and pain and abuse and it was scary, I wanted to get out of it.’

Excerpts from Virginia Roberts’s interview

The Duke of York’s accuser Virginia Roberts, now Virginia Giuffre, has given an interview to BBC Panorama. 

She claims she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with Andrew when she was a teenager, which the duke denies. Here is a transcript of excerpts of the interview released so far:

Miss Roberts on allegedly dancing with the duke in Tramp nightclub: ‘We went into the VIP section. There was no waiting in the lines obviously – you were with a prince.

‘Andrew asked me what I wanted to drink, you know, and I said oh, you know, something from the bar. He had something clear. I know mine was vodka and then he asked me to dance.

‘He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life. 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.’

Miss Roberts on the photo of her with the duke: ‘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, or uh he came to New York to break up with Jeffrey Epstein.

‘I mean come on, I’m calling BS on this, because that’s what it is. He knows what happened. I know what happened, and there’s only one of us telling the truth, and I know that’s me.’

On calling on the British public to support her: ‘I implore the people in the UK to stand up beside me, to help me fight this fight, to not accept this as being OK.

‘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 added: ‘I implore the people in the UK to stand up beside me, to help me fight this fight, to not accept this as being OK.

‘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.’

The Panorama investigation also discovered that lawyers for five of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims want Prince Andrew to provide testimony in their court cases.

The five women, who are suing Epstein’s estate, say the Prince witnessed how people were given massages at the sexual predator’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. He would then be able to challenge the subpoena in court if he didn’t want to give evidence.

Prince Andrew says that he did not see, witness or suspect any suspicious behaviour during his visits to Mr Epstein’s homes in Florida, New York and the Caribbean.

But the lawyer who represents the five women says the Duke of York could have important information about Epstein’s sex trafficking operation. David Boies told Panorama: ‘One of the things that we have tried is to interview Prince Andrew and to try to get what his explanation is.

‘He was a frequent visitor. They ought to submit to an interview. They ought to talk about it’.

Lawyers for the victims have written twice to the prince requesting an interview, but have yet to receive a response.

The hour-long investigative programme entitled The Prince and the Epstein Scandal was first trailed last Thursday.

In clips released ahead of the screening, Miss Roberts alleged how she was brought to London by Epstein in 2001, introduced to Andrew and taken to Tramp nightclub, and asked by the duke to dance.

She told Panorama reporter Darragh Macintyre: ‘He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life.

‘It was horrible and this guy was sweating all over me, 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.’

 

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