Royal’s ac­cuser seeks UK sup­port

Boston Herald - - News -

LON­DON — The woman who says she was a traffickin­g vic­tim made to have sex with Prince An­drew when she was 17 is ask­ing the Bri­tish public to sup­port her quest for jus­tice.

Vir­ginia Roberts Gi­uf­fre tells BBC Panorama in an in­ter­view broad­cast Mon­day evening that peo­ple “should not ac­cept this as be­ing OK.”

Gi­uf­fre’s first UK tele­vi­sion in­ter­view on the topic de­scribes how she says she was traf­ficked by no­to­ri­ous sex of­fender Jef­frey Ep­stein be­gin­ning in 2001 and made to have sex with An­drew three times, in­clud­ing once in Lon­don.

“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,” Gi­uf­fre tells the pro­gram.

An­drew, 59, has cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied hav­ing sex with Gi­uf­fre and apol­o­gized for his as­so­ci­a­tion with Ep­stein, who died in prison in Au­gust in what New York City of­fi­cials said was a sui­cide.

He has stepped down from royal du­ties “for the fore­see­able fu­ture” be­cause of his friend­ship with Ep­stein and the al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual wrong­do­ing with an un­der­age girl

He tried to con­tain the dam­age by giv­ing a tele­vised in­ter­view on the topic, but it back­fired in part be­cause he did not ex­press con­cern for Ep­stein’s vic­tims.

In the TV in­ter­view, Gi­uf­fre says she danced with An­drew at a Lon­don night­club be­fore hav­ing sex with him.

“It was hor­ri­ble and this guy was sweat­ing all over me,” she said. “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 (Maxwell) would have ex­pected from me.”

She said that Maxwell told her she would have to do for An­drew what she had done for Ep­stein, mean­ing she would have to have sex with the prince.

“That just made me sick,” Gi­uf­fre said.

In his re­cent in­ter­view, An­drew said he had never met Gi­uf­fre. He said he had a med­i­cal con­di­tion that pre­vented him from sweat­ing.

PRINCE AN­DREW

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