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Prince Andrew has been bombarded with criticism after several women came forward to make claims about the Prince’s inappropriate behavior – which he strenuously denies. And all the things were revealed after the death of Jeffrey Epstein, who was in the US prison for sex trafficking operation before.
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A beleaguered Prince Andrew faced fresh embarrassment after his accuser Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked as a teenager to have sex with him, appeared on television to implore the British public to “not accept this as being OK”.
In her first UK broadcast interview, Giuffre repeated allegations she had sex with the prince when she was aged 17 ________ (3 words missing) of Ghislaine Maxwell, a socialite and close friend of the US financier and sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in August.
The prince, 59, whose relationship with Epstein has led to him standing down from public duties, has consistently and categorically denied the allegations, which Buckingham Palace said were “false and without foundation”.
BBC Panorama said it had uncovered a 2015 email from Andrew to Maxwell asking for help dealing with the allegations by Giuffre, previously Virginia Roberts. He wrote: “Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts,” to which Maxwell replied: “Have some info. Call me when you have a moment.”
In the interview that was ________ (2 words missing) Monday, Giuffre said: “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 guy’s royalty.”
Prince Andrew – the Queen’s third child – has been facing questions over his ties to Epstein, a US financier who took his own life in August awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.
The prince has faced a growing backlash following an the Newsnight interview about his friendship with the US financier.
He has stepped back from ________ (2 words missing) because the Epstein scandal has become a “major disruption” to the Royal Family.
He later said he deeply sympathised with sex offender Epstein’s victims and everyone who “wants some form of closure”.
Companies he has links with, such as BT and Barclays, have joined universities and charities in distancing themselves from him.
In a statement, the prince said he was “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required”.
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