Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre appeared Tuesday outside a federal courtroom in Manhattan to reiterate her allegation that the financier, who killed himself earlier this month, ordered her to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew.
She called on him to “come clean” about it. Her remarks came after an extraordinary court hearing was called by the judge in the Epstein case as a way to give voice to alleged victims after the financier’s death.
Last week, Buckingham Palace released a statement denying the allegations against Andrew after a London tabloid released a video purporting to show him in 2010 at Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse waving goodbye to an unidentified woman.
Giuffre, whose maiden name is Roberts, was one of nearly two dozen Epstein accusers who spoke out in the New York courtroom. She says that at age 15, while she was working at Mar-a-Lago — the club owned by future president Donald Trump — she was procured for sex by Ghislaine Maxwell on behalf of Epstein.
“I was recruited at a very young age from Mar-a-Lago and entrapped in a world that I didn’t understand and I’ve been fighting that very world to this day and I won’t stop fighting. I will never be silenced, until these people are brought to justice,” Giuffre, who is now married and living in Australia, said Tuesday.
Giuffre has previously alleged that at age 17, she was forced to have sex with Andrew on multiple occasions at an “orgy” in London and on a private island in the Caribbean.
In an Aug. 18 statement, Buckingham Palace said that Andrew was “appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes” and that “His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”
On Saturday, Andrew released an even more direct statement, saying he did not “see, witness or suspect any behavior of that sort that subsequently led to [the] arrest and conviction” of Epstein.