One of the alleged victims of the abuse scandal over the US businessman Jeffrey Epstein has again made serious allegations against the British Prince Andrew. Virginia Giuffre describes in a BBC interview that she was forced into sex with the Royal three times, twice as a 17-year-old. The attacks are said to have occurred in 2001 and 2002.
According to the broadcaster, when traveling to the United States, Andrew must expect to be summoned to testify as a witness. Corresponding applications were made by five suspected victims of abuse.
The prince denies the allegations. The detailed description of the US-American had the 59-year-old but already had little to oppose in a BBC interview last month. The British broadcaster had already recorded the Giuffre interview back then, but deliberately withheld it.
"It was disgusting"
Giuffre claims that Andrew gave her vodka to drink in a London nightclub. Then he wanted to dance with her. "He's the most vile dancer I've ever seen in my life," said the woman in the interview that was broadcast on Monday night. "It was terrible."
Andrew was sweating a lot - "it was raining almost everywhere". She was disgusted, said the US-American. "But I knew I had to make him happy." Jeffrey Epstein and his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell expected that from her. Later, she was urged to sleep with Andrew.
"I implore the people in the UK to stand up beside me."
Virginia Giuffre says she is trafficked as a teenager and asks the British to "accept this as OK."
The Duke of York emphatically denies any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Giuffre. pic.twitter.com/vnOSI9Znu0
One of the incidents is said to have happened in March 2001 in London in the house of the former Epstein partner. "It did not take too long, the whole procedure, it was disgusting," recalled Giuffre. "I had just been abused by a member of the Royal Family." She called on the British public to support her.
Andrew was friends with multi-millionaire Epstein for many years and was a guest overnight at several Epstein properties. The relevant convicted American took his own life in custody in August 2019. He was accused of abusing and forcing dozens of minors into prostitution. Even after a first imprisonment Epstein, Andrew had not given up contact with him, which he has publicly regretted.
Following an unsuccessful TV interview, with which Prince Andrew wanted to restore his reputation, the Royal recently resigned from all public duties for the royal family. He also promised to help the investigative authorities.
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The Prince does not want to recognize a photograph of Andrew in the house of Maxwell in London with the then 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre. Allegations that the photo could be manipulated, Giuffre described in the BBC interview as ridiculous. "There is only one of us who is telling the truth, and I know that's me." She implores the British to believe her. "This is not a dirty sex story. (...) This is a story about abuse."
Scotland Yard did not want to prosecute a sex trafficking complaint against Epstein and Maxwell. Most of the alleged offenses occurred outside the UK. Therefore, the competence is missing. According to the BBC, Giuffre had filed the complaint.
Currently, no authority accuses Andrew of misconduct. Also in the indictment against Epstein from the summer, which had brought the case back in rolls, the name of the prince had not appeared. The New York prosecutors had repeatedly announced after Epstein's suicide that the investigation against suspects continued. It is not excluded that new charges arise from it. Whether directly against Andrew is determined, is unclear.