Published: Sat, November 16, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Britain´s Prince Andrew denies meeting sex accuser

Britain´s Prince Andrew denies meeting sex accuser

Andrew will apparently be confronted with allegations made by Epstein's "slave" Virginia Roberts that she was flown to London on the American's private jet, nicknamed the "Lolita Express", for sex with the prince. "His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behavior is abhorrent", it said.

Andrew has made similar denials for years but has come under new pressure following Epstein's arrest and death last summer in NY. The terms of the deal included generous work release conditions for Epstein.

Following years of scrutiny over his links to the billionaire financier, Prince Andrew conceded for the first time that his behaviour had "not been something that was becoming of a member of the royal family". He was moreover pictured with Epstein at the door of his NY mansion in 2010 after the financier was convicted by a Florida court docket of child intercourse offences.

When the fact he met Epstein following his conviction is brought up, Prince Andrew says: "The problem was the fact that once he had been convicted..."

In documents released in August, a second accuser was unveiled.

The 59-year-old spoke exclusively to the BBC, a broadcast partner of CBS News.

"They told us to go get on the couch", she said in the 2016 deposition.

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In a pre-recorded interview with Emily Maitlis, understood to have been the result of six months of negotiations with the royal household, Andrew also said he had "no recollection" of ever meeting Virginia Giuffre, the woman who claims to have been coerced into having sex with the royal by the financier Epstein.

In the BBC interview, interviewer Emily Maitlis asks Andrew about Giuffre's claims. "And so then I sat on Andrew's lap, and, I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet's hands and put it on Virginia's breast, and so Andrew put his on mine".

Andrew and the palace have long denied he was ever involved in Jeffrey's sex scheme, and the royal has claimed he never had sex with Virginia.

Giuffre has said she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times, an allegation he has strongly denied.

A picture showing the prince with his arm around Giuffre's waist from 2001 has appeared in British media.

According to The Daily Mail, Queen Elizabeth has given her blessing for the interview, which took place inside the palace. No details yet on whether or when it will air in the United States.

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