Virginia Giuffre, who has accused Prince Andrew of raping her while she was a teenager trapped in Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged child sex ring, is telling her story on BBC’s Panorama Monday.
According to The Guardian, Panorama interviewed Giuffre last month as part of an investigation into the Duke of York’s relationship with the late financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Giuffre, now 35-years-old, says Epstein enlisted her in a racket of underage girls who served as prostitutes for members of the financial and political elite.
Panaroma has titled its hour-long interview airing Monday with Giuffre “The Prince and the Epstein Scandal.”
Giuffre has previously gone on record to share details of her interactions with both Epstein and Prince Andrew. She claims that the American businessman trafficked her and forced her to have sex with the Duke of York. She describes her time as a victim of the sex trade to be a “really scary time” in her life and insists that Prince Andrew is deliberately obfuscating details of their encounter. In a clip released from the program, Giuffre says of the two of them, “only one… is telling the truth.”
Prince Andrew, in a widely panned interview with BBC Newsnight last month, categorically denied Giuffre’s allegations and told the network’s Emily Maitlis that he had never met Giuffre, adding that he was at a pizza parlor with his daughter on the night of the alleged encounter.
“I’ve no recollection of ever meeting her. In fact, I’m convinced that I was never in Tramps with her. There are a number of things that are wrong with that story, one of which is that I don’t know where the bar is in Tramps. I don’t drink, I don’t think I’ve ever bought a drink in Tramps whenever I was there. On that particular day that we now understand is the date which is the 10th of March, I was at home, I was with the children and I’d taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party.”
The BBC Newsnight interview has embroiled the royal family in a storm of negative press. Queen Elizabeth has asked that Prince Andrew step down from his royal duties, according to a report from The Inquisitr. The Duke of York went on to rescind his statements in his interview during which he dismissed his association with Epstein. According to Andrew, his friendship with the financier was of great personal and political benefit to him.
Prince Andrew has since recused himself from his charitable work and has not given any subsequent interviews.