Prince An­drew’s ac­cuser speaks out: ‘This is a story of be­ing traf­ficked’

The Globe and Mail (Ontario Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MICHAELH OLDEN LON­DON

A U.S. woman who says she was forced to have sex with Bri­tain’s Prince An­drew, Duke of York, has ap­pealed to Bri­tons to take her side, say­ing that only she was telling the truth about a scan­dal that has en­gulfed the Royal Fam­ily.

Vir­ginia Gi­uf­fre says she was traf­ficked by the dis­graced late U.S. fi­nancier Jef­frey Ep­stein and forced to have sex with his friends, in­clud­ing An­drew when she was 17 years old. He cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nies the al­le­ga­tions.

In an in­ter­view broad­cast on Mon­day, Ms. Gi­uf­fre said she was brought to Lon­don in 2001 by Mr. Ep­stein and taken to meet the Prince, one of three oc­ca­sions when she says she had sex with An­drew.

“He knows what hap­pened. I know what hap­pened, and there’s only one of us telling the truth, and I know that’s me,” Ms.

Gi­uf­fre told BBC Panorama. “I im­plore the ci­ti­zens in the U.K. to stand up be­side me, to help me fight this fight, to not ac­cept this as be­ing okay. This is not some sor­did sex story.”

An­drew, 59, the Queen’s sec­ond son, has said he has no rec­ol­lec­tion of ever meet­ing Ms. Gi­uf­fre, who was pre­vi­ously named Vir­ginia Roberts.

Last month, the Prince gave an in­ter­view him­self to the BBC that he hoped would draw a line un­der the scan­dal.

He said he re­gret­ted his “ill-judged” as­so­ci­a­tion with Mr. Ep­stein and that he had never seen any­thing sus­pi­cious dur­ing the time he spent with the fi­nancier. How­ever, he said the me­dia blow­back it had gen­er­ated had be­come “a ma­jor dis­rup­tion to my fam­ily’s work.”

Panorama said lawyers for five of Mr. Ep­stein’s vic­tims, who are su­ing his es­tate, want An­drew to give ev­i­dence in their court cases and that pre­trial sub­poe­nas had been read­ied to serve on the Prince if he vis­ited the United States.

An­drew has said he would speak to law-en­force­ment agen­cies if re­quired.

In her in­ter­view, which was recorded be­fore the Prince spoke to the BBC, Ms. Gi­uf­fre said she was taken to the Tramp night­club in Lon­don by Mr. Ep­stein and his for­mer as­so­ciate, Ghis­laine Maxwell. An­drew asked her to dance, she said.

An­drew, the eighth in line to the throne, said he could not have had sex with Ms. Gi­uf­fre at Ms. Maxwell’s home on the night she al­leges be­cause he had been to a pizza restau­rant in the com­muter town of Wok­ing for a chil­dren’s party.

An­drew has said he would speak to law-en­force­ment agen­cies if re­quired.

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