■ Duke’s sob­bing Amer­i­can ac­cuser tells BBC: He’s a liar ■ She says ‘he sweated like it was raining’ at night­club ■ New photos show Prince and pae­dophile at Royal As­cot

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Vanessa Allen and Mario Led­with

PRINCE An­drew faced fresh hu­mil­i­a­tion last night as his ac­cuser told of the night she claims they had sex.

On BBC’s Panorama she broke down in tears as she de­scribed how she said she was ‘abused by a mem­ber of the Royal Fam­ily’.

She said she was traf­ficked by An­drew’s friend Jef­frey Ep­stein and given in­struc­tions about the prince by Ghis­laine Maxwell, the bil­lion­aire pae­dophile’s then girl­friend. An­drew has re­peat­edly and cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied hav­ing any sex­ual

In ex­cru­ci­at­ing de­tail, Vir­ginia Roberts al­leged she was ‘grossed out’ by danc­ing with the sweat­soaked royal and felt sick at re­al­is­ing she was ex­pected to have sex with him at the age of 17.

con­tact with Miss Roberts – de­nials she la­belled as lies. 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.’ Her ac­count came as it emerged that: n Five women have de­manded An­drew give ev­i­dence in their claims against Ep­stein;

■ Their lawyers are poised to serve court sub­poe­nas on the prince if he vis­its the US;

■ Pre­vi­ously un­seen emails showed the prince asked Miss Maxwell for help over Miss Roberts’ claims;

■ Re­mark­able new pho­to­graphs showed An­drew with Ep­stein and Miss Maxwell in the royal en­clo­sure at As­cot in 2000;

■ One of Ep­stein’s vic­tims claimed Miss Maxwell was the ‘nuts and bolts of the sex traf­fick­ing oper­a­tion’;

■ An­drew was de­fended by a prom­i­nent lawyer, who said the BBC was spark­ing ‘a sala­cious trial by me­dia’;

■ Aides said the prince would help ‘any ap­pro­pri­ate law en­force­ment agency’.

The scan­dal has al­ready led to An­drew, 59, be­ing forced to step back from his royal du­ties. His ac­cuser, now 35 and known by her mar­ried name Vir­ginia Gi­uf­fre, 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.

She poured scorn on his re­peated at­tempts to deny the en­counter, or that they ever met, de­spite a pho­to­graph show­ing him with his arm around her waist.

There have been claims that the im­age was edited to sup­port her ac­count.

Miss Roberts told Panorama: ‘The peo­ple on the in­side are go­ing to keep com­ing up with these ridicu­lous ex­cuses. I mean, come on, I’m call­ing BS [bulls**t] 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.’

An­drew gave a dis­as­trous in­ter­view to BBC News­night last month in which he said he did not re­mem­ber meet­ing Miss Roberts, and ve­he­mently de­nied they had sex. But the back­lash over his friend­ship with Ep­stein, who killed him­self in jail in Au­gust, meant he was forced to with­draw from pub­lic life, and busi­nesses and char­i­ties with­drew their sup­port for his projects. He said he had no rec­ol­lec­tion of meet­ing Miss Roberts, and claimed he was at a Pizza Ex­press in Wok­ing, Sur­rey, with Princess Beatrice on the night she claims they met.

The prince said a rare med­i­cal con­di­tion meant he was un­able to sweat at the time.

Miss Roberts told Panorama: ‘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.

‘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.’

Miss Roberts’ in­ter­view with Panorama was filmed in Oc­to­ber, be­fore the prince’s dis­as­trous in­ter­view.

Ep­stein’s vic­tims have said Miss Maxwell was com­plicit in their abuse. She has de­nied their claims. Sarah Ran­some, a Bri­ton who has claimed she was re­peat­edly raped at Ep­stein’s hide­away in the US Vir­gin Is­lands, told Panorama: ‘Ghis­laine con­trolled the girls. She was like the madam. She was like the nuts and bolts of the sex traf­fick­ing oper­a­tion. She knew what Jef­frey liked.’ A Buck­ing­ham Palace spokesman said: ‘It is em­phat­i­cally de­nied 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.

‘The Duke of York un­equiv­o­cally re­grets his ill- judged as­so­ci­a­tion with Jef­frey Ep­stein. Ep­stein’s sui­cide left many unan­swered ques­tions, par­tic­u­larly for his vic­tims. The Duke deeply sym­pa­thises with those af­fected who want some form of clo­sure. It is his hope that, in time, they will be able to re­build their lives.

‘The Duke is will­ing to help any ap­pro­pri­ate law en­force­ment agency with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions, if re­quired. The Duke has al­ready stated that he did not see, wit­ness or sus­pect any be­hav­iour of the sort that sub­se­quently led to Jef­frey Ep­stein’s ar­rest and con­vic­tion. He de­plores the ex­ploita­tion of any hu­man be­ing and would not con­done, par­tic­i­pate in, or en­cour­age any such be­hav­iour.’

An­drew was backed by prom­i­nent lawyer Daniel Jan­ner QC, of the cam­paign group Falsely Ac­cused In­di­vid­u­als for Re­form. His fa­ther, the late Labour peer Lord Jan­ner, was ac­cused of child sex abuse be­fore his death.

He said: ‘The BBC risks run­ning a sala­cious trial by me­dia of Prince An­drew. He is en­ti­tled to the pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence.’

Royal ex­pert Penny Junor said Miss Roberts’ in­ter­view threat­ened to be ex­tremely dam­ag­ing, ad­ding: ‘This is about as bad as it gets for An­drew. Vir­ginia Gi­uf­fre sounds very plau­si­ble in this in­ter­view, while most of An­drew’s ex­cuses in his in­ter­view with Emily Maitlis were laugh­able.’

■ Panorama: The Prince and the Ep­stein Scan­dal is on BBC iPlayer.

‘Com­ing up with ridicu­lous ex­cuses’

Race day: An­drew at As­cot with Ghis­laine Maxwell and, right, Jef­frey Ep­stein

Vir­ginia Roberts last night

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