An American lady who says she had sex with Prince Andrew as a 17-year-old has told NBC News that she was “trafficked” to the prince.
Virginia Giuffre, formerly Roberts, described him to the US Television network as “an abuser” and “a participant”.
She has previously stated she was abused in the bathroom of a London residence, exactly where she was pictured with the prince.
The Duke of York has denied getting “any kind of sexual speak to or partnership” with Ms Giuffre.
It was aspect of a statement issued by Buckingham Palace, on behalf of the prince, which added that the claims have been “false and without the need of any foundation”.
Ms Giuffre is one particular of a number of girls who claim they have been abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in prison final month whilst awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.
She claims Epstein directed her to have sex with a quantity of strong guys, such as Prince Andrew.
In August, the prince stated in two statements that he was “appalled” by reports of Epstein’s crimes, but in no way saw any of the behaviour that led to his conviction in the “restricted time” they spent collectively.
Now 35, Ms Giuffre is one particular of six girls interviewed by the US Television network’s Dateline programme about alleged abuse by Epstein.
She stated she was recruited by Ghislaine Maxwell, a buddy of Epstein, one particular summer season when she was operating as a locker area attendant at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort owned by President Donald Trump.
Ms Maxwell, who is the daughter of disgraced British newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Ms Giuffre told Dateline: “The initial time in London, I was so young. Ghislaine woke me up in the morning and stated, ‘You’re gonna meet a prince nowadays.’
“I did not know at that point that I was going to be trafficked to that prince.”
‘Do for him what you do for Epstein’
She stated she was taken to “Club Tramp” exactly where Prince Andrew gave her alcohol, possibly vodka, in the VIP section.
The prince asked her to dance and the 3 of them – Prince Andrew, Ms Maxwell and the 17-year-old Ms Giuffre – returned to Ms Maxwell’s residence.
Ms Giuffre stated that Ms Maxwell told her: “He’s coming back to the residence and I want you to do for him what you do for Epstein.”
She stated the abuse started in the bathroom and moved to the bedroom.
“He wasn’t rude or something about it, he stated ‘thank you’ and some type of soft sentiments like that and left,” Ms Guiffre stated.
“I just could not think it, that even royalty have been involved.”
Ms Giuffre has previously stated that she was abused 3 instances by the Duke of York, with one particular incident allegedly occurring at Epstein’s New York mansion and a further at his estate in the Caribbean.
Speaking about Prince Andrew, she stated: “He denies that it ever occurred and he’s going to maintain denying it ever occurred, but he knows the truth and I know the truth.”
She rejected ideas that she was motivated by the possibility of compensation, saying that the statute of limitations prevented her generating a legal claim.
The Duke of York stated he initial met Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager, in 1999. Ms Maxwell, described by Epstein as his ideal buddy, was photographed a number of instances at social events with the prince.
Epstein and Ms Maxwell have been also pictured collectively on a pheasant shoot on the Queen’s estate in Norfolk.
In 2010, right after Epstein had been convicted of sex offences relating to procuring a minor below 18, Prince Andrew was photographed once again with the financier in New York’s Central Park. Footage shows him inside Epstein’s mansion at about the exact same time.
NBC also spoke to a British lady who says she was abused by Epstein, Anouska de Georgiou.
She told the network that the abuse had conditioned her to be “silenced, isolated, secretive and shameful” but coming collectively with other alleged victims had produced a “quite specific bond” among them.
“Jeffrey believed that we have been disposable and he threw us all away. Appear who’s nonetheless standing,” she stated.