//Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts on Prince Andrew: He is aware of what occurred

Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts on Prince Andrew: He is aware of what occurred

Virginia Roberts, who claims she was trafficked by convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and compelled to have intercourse with Prince Andrew on three events practically 20 years in the past, has responded to the prince’s denial of her allegations towards him by saying: “He is aware of what occurred, I do know what occurred, and there is solely considered one of us telling the reality.”

Roberts, now often called Virginia Giuffre, made the remark in a BBC interview that’s scheduled to air on Monday. The broadcaster tweeted out a 20-second preview of the interview on Thursday.

The BBC aired an interview with Prince Andrew Nov. 14, by which the second son of Elizabeth II mentioned his friendship with Epstein and the sexual assault allegations towards him. The royal, 59, claimed he had “no recollection of ever assembly” Roberts, “none in any respect.” The Duke of York additionally implied {that a} now-famous {photograph} exhibiting him together with his hand round Roberts’ waist was doctored.

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“I’ve completely no reminiscence of that {photograph},” the prince insisted. “I’m afraid to say that I don’t consider that {photograph} was taken in the best way that has been recommended.”

The interview has been extensively thought of a public relations catastrophe for Andrew, who introduced shortly after it aired that he could be stepping down from his royal duties.

This 2001 photo shows Prince Andrew with his arm around the waist of 17-year-old Virginia Roberts. In the background is Epstein's girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.

This 2001 photograph exhibits Prince Andrew together with his arm across the waist of 17-year-old Virginia Roberts. Within the background is Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.
(U.S. Second Circuit Court docket of Appeals)

Additionally Thursday, London’s Metropolitan Police disclosed that it had acquired a grievance in July 2015 accusing Epstein “and a British lady” — presumably that is a reference to Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime companion — of “nonrecent trafficking for sexual exploitation.”

Roberts has claimed Epstein paid her to have intercourse with Prince Andrew on three events beginning in 2001, together with as soon as in London. She says she was 17 once they first had intercourse.

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Metropolitan Police Cmdr. Alex Murray stated the division interviewed Roberts — who was not named within the assertion — and consulted with prosecutors earlier than concluding in November 2016 that it “was not the suitable authority to conduct inquiries in these circumstances”.

“Following the authorized recommendation, it was clear that any investigation into human trafficking could be largely centered on actions and relationships outdoors the U.Okay.,” stated Murray, who added that the Metropolitan Police revisited its resolution after Epstein’s loss of life this previous August and “our place stays unchanged.”

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Epstein died Aug. 10 after being discovered unconscious in a Manhattan jail cell, the place he was awaiting trial on federal intercourse trafficking expenses. His loss of life has been dominated a suicide.

Murray additionally stated that London police haven’t acquired a proper request for help from different regulation enforcement companies investigating the case.

U.S. officers are nonetheless trying into the case, and numerous civil lawsuits towards Epstein’s property are in progress.

The Related Press contributed to this report.