Published:  04:02 AM, 03 December 2019

Prince Andrew accuser calls for public support

Prince Andrew accuser calls for public support Virginia Giuffre said she was told to have sex with the Duke of York. -BBC

Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein as a 17-year-old to have sex with Prince Andrew, has urged the UK public to "stand beside her".

Ms Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, said she was brought to London in 2001 by Epstein and told what "to do for Andrew" by Epstein's then-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.

Last month, Prince Andrew "categorically" denied the allegations in an hour-long interview with the BBC's Newsnight program, saying he had "no recollection" of having met Ms Giuffre.But in an interview with BBC Panorama's program recorded before the Duke of York's interview, Ms Giuffre asked the public to back her story.

Mrs Giuffre said she was taken to London's Tramp nightclub by Epstein and Ms Maxwell in 2001 where she claims she was asked to dance by the Duke.

"He is the most hideous dancer I've ever seen in my life," Ms Giuffre said."I mean, it was horrible and this guy was sweating all over me, like his sweat was like it was raining basically everywhere.

In his interview with Newsnight, Prince Andrew said he a medical condition meant he could not sweat at the time the pair is alleged to have met, and that he could not recall a photo of the two together supposedly taken at Ms Maxwell's London flat being taken.

Palace sources had told several UK media outlets they believed the photo was faked."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," Ms Giuffre said.

"He knows what happened, I know what happened. "And there's only one of us telling the truth." In response to the Panorama program, Buckingham Palace said in a statement that Prince Andrew "unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein" and "deeply sympathizes with those affected who want some form of closure".

"It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation."

The Duke stepped back from official duties last month in the wake of the Newsnight interview, which led to several charities and universities distancing themselves from him.

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