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Virginia Giuffre, a woman who has accused Jeffrey Epstein of sex trafficking and Britain’s Prince Andrew of having sex with her when she was still a minor, spoke in detail about her claims in a new interview this week, calling sex with the UK royal “disgusting.”
Giuffre’s first UK interview aired on BBC on Monday, December 3; during the hour-long “Panorama” episode, Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, claimed that Epstein and his girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, took her to London in 2001 when she was only 17 years old, and there, she met Prince Andrew in the VIP section of the nightclub Tramp. The royal, she said, was the “most hideous dancer [she’d] ever seen in [her] 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,” she said, according to CNN.
It was after they left the club that Maxwell instructed her to have sex with the prince, Giuffre claimed, according to the BBC.
“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 said. Once the group had returned to Maxwell's home in Belgravia, she claimed she had sex with Prince Andrew in an upstairs room.
In detailing the alleged sex with the prince, Giuffre called it disgusting, according to Page Six.
“It didn’t last very long. The whole thing, procedure — it was disgusting,” she said, adding, “He wasn’t mean or anything.”
Afterward, she said, he “got up and said thanks and walked out. I sat there in bed and felt ashamed and dirty.”
The royal family has denied Giuffre’s allegations, according to a statement obtained by CNN.
“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,” that statement reads.
Giuffre, who has claimed that Epstein raped and trafficked her for years, previously said that she had sex with Prince Andrew three times while she was a minor, Page Six reports.
“I was trafficked to other billionaires. I was trafficked to other politicians,” she said during an interview with “60 Minutes Australia,” according to Page Six. Of the alleged mistreatment she endured, she remarked, “There wasn’t a part of my body that they did not abuse.”
Prince Andrew, 59, has routinely denied Giuffre’s allegations; he’s previously claimed that, on the date of one alleged encounter with Giuffre, he could not have been present because he remembered going out for pizza that day with one of his daughters and spending the rest of the evening at home, according to an NPR report.
He has also commented on the existence of a photo that appears to show him with his arm around Giuffre’s waist, remarking last month that he has “no recollection” of such a photo being taken and insisted it could be faked, CNN reports.
In response to Giuffre’s claims regarding his sweating, Prince Andrew also said last month that he has a “peculiar medical condition” that made it “impossible” for him to have been sweating at that time.
Similarly, Maxwell has also denied any wrongdoing on her part. Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation in 2015, and as a part of that suit, she alleged that she “was forced to have sexual relations with this Prince when she was a minor in three separate geographical locations,” according to CNN. That case was reportedly settled out of court in 2017.
As the royal family continues to deny her claims, Giuffre asked for the support of the British public, remarking during Monday’s interview, “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,” she continued. “This is a story of being trafficked. This is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guy’s royalty.”
Before killing himself in August, Epstein was facing numerous charges related to claims that he’d spent years running a sex trafficking ring and preying on underage girls, routinely sexually assaulting them and using money to buy their silence.
Even before Giuffre’s BBC interview, Prince Andrew’s alleged ties to Epstein caused trouble for the royal family. Following a heavily criticized interview during which he referred to the behavior of Epstein, a convicted sex offender, as “unbecoming,” the prince announced last month his plans to take a step back from public duties, with the queen’s permission, “for the foreseeable future.”
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