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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

August 25, 2020
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PRINCE Andrew accuser Virgina Roberts has said he played a guessing game about her age and compared her to his daughters when they first met.
Roberts, now 36, was a victim of late financier and paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and alleges that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when aged only 17.

The prince has long faced questions about his association with Epstein, who killed himself last August while awaiting sex trafficking charges.

Roberts claims she was made to have sex with Andrew on three occasions, once in London, once in New York, and once on Epstein's private Caribbean Island.

Andrew has "vehemently" denied any sexual or other relationship with Roberts or any wrongdoing.

Roberts alleges that the first incident occurred in the Belgravia townhouse of Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime friend of the prince's and alleged madam to Epstein, during a visit to London in 2001.

A photo, thought to have been taken in the home on the same night, shows Andrew with his arm around Roberts's waist.

Speaking to Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, a new documentary series about Epstein's crimes, Roberts describes her first meeting with Andrew.

"Before he abused me, when we just met, Ghislaine does this guessing game [about my age] and he guessed right.

"I was 17 and he compared me to his daughters, saying, 'Oh, my daughters are a few years younger than you'."

Andrew is father to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, who would have been aged around 12 and 10 at the time of the meeting.

Roberts continues: "Prince Andrew is not the prince from the fairy tale stories you read.

"Andrew deserves to be outed. He deserves to be held accountable. He's an abuser."

Roberts also gave a similar account to Filthy Rich, another series about Epstein that was released earlier this year.

“Ghislaine has this favourite guessing game that she does," she said.

“She goes to Prince Andrew: ‘How old do you think Virginia is? He said 17. She’s like: ‘Oh you’re right’. They made a little joke about it.

“He’s like: ‘Oh my daughters aren’t far from your age. My daughter’s a little bit younger than you’.”

Speaking in a Newsnight interview in November, Andrew said he could not recall ever meeting Roberts.

Prosecutors continuing to investigate Epstein's crimes in the US say they have made repeated requests to interview Andrew over the last year, but no interview has yet taken place.

They have also said a probe into Epstein's sex trafficking network "remains active” and could lead to the arrest of his “co-conspirators”.

Maxwell remains the only one of Epstein's former associates to have been charged so far.

She is currently being held in New York awaiting trial on charges of enticement of minors, sex trafficking of children, and perjury, though denies wrongdoing.

Surviving Jeffrey Epstein premiers in the UK on the Crime+Investigation channel on Tuesday August 25 at 9pm.

Representatives of Prince Andrew have been approached for comment.


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