US attorney for southern district of New York says so far Andrew has not responded to a request for an interviewPrince Andrew has provided “zero” cooperation with the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking inquiry, US prosecutors said on Monday, despite earlier promises to help investigations in any way possible.Speaking outside Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, Geoffrey Berman, US attorney for the southern district of New York, said the agencies had contacted Andrew regarding an interview, but that he had not yet agreed to provide one. Continue reading...
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'I just didn't expect it from royalty': Prince Andrew accuser gives tear-filled interview and implores the British public to stand with her
Virginia Giuffre, the woman who accused Prince Andrew of sexual abuse, opened up about her experience...Virginia Giuffre, the woman who accused Prince Andrew of sexual abuse, opened up about her experience and implored the British public to stand behind her, in an interview with BBC. "This is not some sordid sex story," Giuffre told the BBC. "This is a story of being trafficked. This is a story of abuse, and this is a story of your guys' royalty." The Duke of York has long denied Giuffre's allegations, saying he does not remember meeting Giuffre despite a photo in which they appear together with Maxwell in the background. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Virginia Giuffre, who claimed she was forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew at age 17, opened up about her experience on "being trafficked" and implored the British public to stand behind her. Giuffre, who was previously known as Virginia Roberts, appeared on the BBC's "Panorama" to detail her alleged sexual abuse. "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," she said. "This is not some sordid sex story," Giuffre told the BBC. "This is a story of being trafficked. This is a story of abuse, and this is a story of your guys' royalty." Giuffre claimed that as teenager she was a victim caught in an alleged sex trafficking ring organized by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. Epstein and Maxwell have denied Giuffre's claims. (Giuffre sued Maxwell in 2015 for defamation over Maxwell calling her a liar, after Giuffre claimed that Epstein and Maxwell sexually abused her as a minor.) Epstein died by suicide in federal prison in August; he had been charged with two counts related to sex trafficking in July, to which he pleaded not guilty. Prince Andrew's friendship with Epstein came under scrutiny following the July charges. He previously said in a statement that he regrets his "ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein." In the BBC interview, Giuffre described her experience as a "really scary time" in her life, feeling "chained" into the operation. "I had just been abused by a member of the royal family. So when you talk about these chains; yeah, I wasn't chained to a sink but these powerful people were my chains," she said in the interview, The Daily Beast reported. "I couldn't comprehend how in the highest levels in the government powerful people were allowing this to happen, not only allowing it to happen but participating in it." Giuffre claimed she was recruited into the operation by Maxwell to be trained as a massage therapist, but she said she was inappropriately touched by Maxwell and Epstein in the first session. Within a year of her involvement, Giuffre alleged she was flown to London and met Prince Andrew at a nightclub, where she claims the Duke of York asked her to dance. "He is the most hideous dancer I've ever seen in my life," she told BBC. "His sweat was like it was raining basically everywhere… I was just like grossed out from it." It was after that initial meeting that she claimed she met with the British royal to have sex with him, per Maxwell and Epstein's instruction, she alleged in the BBC interview. "In the car Ghislaine tells me that I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey and that just made me sick," she alleged in the interview. "I just didn't expect it from royalty. I didn't expect it from someone people look up to and admire." Prince Andrew has long denied Giuffre's allegations, saying he does not remember meeting Giuffre despite a photo in which they appear together with Maxwell in the background. In a widely critiqued interview about his friendship with Epstein, for "BBC Newsnight," the Duke of York claimed the photo was doctored because he said he never went out in London without a suit. The Buckingham Palace released a statement in September "emphatically" denying 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." Prince Andrew has since "stepped back" from his public duties "for the foreseeable future," he said in a statement shared on Twitter. Read more: Jeffrey Epstein's main accuser described the lavish lifestyle he gave to his alleged victims to keep them by his side Prince Andrew's legal team reportedly thinks the picture of him and Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre is fake Prince Andrew says the picture of him with his hand around Virginia Roberts' waist might not be real Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's how to escape a flooding vehicle
Giuffre tells Panorama she was instructed to have sex with royal by Jeffrey Epstein’s friend Ghislaine...Giuffre tells Panorama she was instructed to have sex with royal by Jeffrey Epstein’s friend Ghislaine MaxwellVirginia Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked as a teenager to have sex with friends of Jeffrey Epstein, including the Duke of York, has implored the British public to “stand by her” and “not accept this as OK” in her first UK television interview.Giuffre, who alleges she had sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions in 2001 and 2002 when she was 17 years old, told Panorama she stood by her claims she was instructed to have sex with the royal by Ghislaine Maxwell, socialite and close friend of Epstein, the wealthy financier and convicted sex offender who killed himself in August. Continue reading...
Duke intends to keep working on mentoring scheme despite saying he would step back from public...Duke intends to keep working on mentoring scheme despite saying he would step back from public lifePrince Andrew is preparing to leave his private office in Buckingham Palace as he seeks a way to maintain control of an entrepreneurial scheme he set up, despite having agreed to step back from public life.The palace confirmed on Friday that the Duke of York intended to continue working on the Pitch@Palace scheme, even as Barclays became the latest among a growing number of organisations to sever ties with him over his links to the convicted child sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Continue reading...