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'This is not some sordid sex story': Prince Andrew's accuser asks British public to support her
Virginia Giuffre claims Prince Andrew had sex with her when she was just 17 years old.

PRINCE ANDREW’S ACCUSER Virginia Giuffre has implored the British public to “stand up beside me to help me fight this fight” and “not accept this as being ok”.

Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was a teenager, which the duke categorically denies. 

In an interview with BBC Panorama, she told how Andrew was “the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life” and “his sweat was … raining basically everywhere”.

She added: “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.

The hour-long investigative programme entitled ‘The Prince and the Epstein Scandal’ was broadcast on BBC One tonight at 9pm.

The programme disclosed that five women who allege they were victims of paedophile Epstein are calling on Andrew to give a testimony in their civil court case.

They claim the duke saw people being given massages at Epstein’s homes.

2.48348259 PA / The Court of Florida A legal document of a letter from lawyers for Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was made to have sex with the Duke of York. PA / The Court of Florida / The Court of Florida

In clips released ahead of the screening, Guiffre alleged how she was brought to London by Epstein in 2001, introduced to Andrew and taken to Tramp nightclub, and asked by Prince Andrew to dance.

She told Panorama reporter Darragh Macintyre: “He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life.

“It was horrible and this guy was sweating all over me, 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.”

In his recent Newsnight interview, Andrew claimed he had a medical condition in 2001, after suffering an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War when he was shot at, which meant he did not sweat.

When they had left the club, Giuffre said the socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s then-girlfriend, gave her instructions.

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 that later that evening she had sex with Andrew upstairs at Maxwell’s house in Belgravia.

The duke has denied meeting Giuffre, then called Virginia Roberts, saying: “I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

The duke has been pictured with his arm around Giuffre’s waist at Ghislaine Maxwell’s house. He said he had no memory of the photo being taken and questioned whether it was his own hand in the image.

Giuffre told Panorama: “The people on the inside are going to keep coming up with these ridiculous excuses.

Like his arm was elongated or the photo was doctored, or he came to New York to break up with Jeffrey Epstein. I mean, come on, I’m calling BS 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’s attempts to defend himself against Giuffre’s previous accusations and explain his friendship with convicted sex offender Epstein in a BBC Newsnight interview last month were branded a “car crash” and led to him withdrawing from public duties.

Giuffre claimed in court papers in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was aged 17, below the state’s age of consent.

Buckingham Palace has branded the allegations “false and without any foundation”, stating: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the duke was “categorically untrue”.

Giuffre alleges the duke had sex with her on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage.

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