London — Britain’s royal household was reeling from yet one more damning interview on Tuesday morning. This time it was an American lady who accuses the queen’s son, Prince Andrew, of getting intercourse along with her when she was simply 17 years outdated.within the interview with the BBC about what she says the prince did to her, and what he might learn about Jeffrey Epstein.
“I had simply been abused by a, a member of a royal household,” Roberts Guiffre mentioned, combating again tears.
As CBS Information correspondent Imtiaz Tyab experiences, the American lady described being pressured to have intercourse with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, thrice whereas she was nonetheless an adolescent.
“It did not final very lengthy, the entire total process. It was disgusting. Um, he wasn’t imply or something, however he received up and he mentioned, ‘thanks,’ and walked out. And I sat there in mattress simply horrified and ashamed,” she advised the BBC.
Roberts Guiffre mentioned she met Prince Andrew at properties owned by Epstein, the American financier and convicted intercourse offender who was discovered lifeless in his New York jail cell earlier this 12 months. She mentioned she was made to bounce with the duke at a London nightclub.
“It was horrible, and this man was sweating throughout me, his sweat was prefer it was raining,” she mentioned.
In a now infamous interview final month Prince Andrew denied ever assembly Roberts Guiffre — regardless of being photographed along with her — and claimed that attributable to a “peculiar medical situation” he was bodily unable to sweat “on the time.”
He did admit to spending time at Epstein’s houses, the place he mentioned he by no means witnessed any suspicious conduct or noticed something uncommon concerning the younger ladies within the properties.
“I believed they have been all employees,” the prince claimed.
Now, 5 extra American ladies have mentioned Prince Andrew witnessed abuse at Epstein’s dwelling, and their lawyer has known as for Andrew to testify.
In the meantime, an e-mail has emerged this week, buried in hundreds of U.S. authorized paperwork, that was despatched by the prince in January 2015 to his long-time buddy Ghislaine Maxwell, who was a detailed affiliate of Epstein’s. In it, the duke mentioned: “Let me know after we can speak. Bought some particular inquiries to ask you about Virginia Roberts.”
Royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah advised CBS Information on Tuesday that with the allegations coming “thick and quick… the palace appears to be clearly not very conscious of all the pieces that is gone on — so in the mean time it is simply harm limitation as greatest they will.”
Buckingham Palace issued a brand new assertion on Tuesday morning, reiterating each Andrew’s flat denial of any wrongdoing, and his willingness to talk with U.S. investigators, “if required.”
“It’s emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any type of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any declare on the contrary is fake and with out basis,” the palace mentioned.
“The Duke deeply sympathises with these affected who need some type of closure. It’s his hope that, in time, they are going to be capable of rebuild their lives. The Duke is prepared to assist any acceptable legislation enforcement company with their investigations, if required. The Duke has already acknowledged that he didn’t see, witness or suspect any conduct of the type that subsequently led to Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest and conviction. He deplores the exploitation of any human being and wouldn’t condone, take part in, or encourage any such conduct.”
President Trump, in London on Tuesday for a NATO summit, was requested concerning the scandal engulfing the royal household.
“I do not know Prince Andrew nevertheless it’s a troublesome story, it is a very powerful story,” he mentioned.