Virginia Roberts Giuffre described Prince Andrew as ‘the most hideous dancer’ she’d ever seen and said he was ‘pouring with perspiration’ when they danced in a London nightclub in 2001 before allegedly having sex for the first time, when she was 17.
In her first television interview since making the claims against Andrew, Giuffre, now 35, said she felt like she had to have a shower when they allegedly returned from Tramp, a nightclub in Mayfair, to Ghislaine Maxwell’s house on March 10, 2001.
The interview aired om NBC’s Dateline on Friday night. In it, she called Andrew an ‘abuser and participant’. Buckingham Palace has repeatedly and vehemently denied her allegations, calling them ‘false and without foundation’.
‘He was a hideous dancer and he was sweating profusely all over me. I just remember like ugh, I need a shower. This is disgusting,’ she said in her interview on Friday.
At the time, Giuffre – who was then known by her maiden name, Roberts, – had been working ‘for’ Jeffrey Epstein for around a year. She was paid, she claims, to give him erotic massages and travel the world with him.
They had been in Paris, Spain and Tangier before jetting to London in March 2001 when she claims she met Andrew the first time at Maxwell’s mews house.
They went to dinner, she claims, then to Tramp and then returned home where she was told to do for the royal ‘what she did for Jeffrey’.
When they returned to the house, Giuffre said Epstein took the infamous photograph of her with the prince. Then she and him went into a bathroom where she says the ‘abuse’ began.
She previously described in a memoir how the pair had a bath in Maxwell’s bathroom where Andrew ‘licked’ her toes and feet.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre in her first television interview describes alleged sexual encounters with Prince Andrew in 2001 when she was 17
Roberts Giuffre is pictured as a teenager with Prince Andrew in 2001. She says the photo was taken inside Ghislaine Maxwell’s townhouse in London where she says they had sex for the first time. She was 17. Prince Andrew vehemently denies her claims and Maxwell has long denied, via court documents, having any involvement in Epstein’s sex crimes
‘The abuse went on for a little bit in the bathroom then it continued in to the bedroom. He wasn’t rude or anything about it, he said thank you,’ she said in her interview on Friday.
In her memoir, she went into more detail about their alleged encounter, writing: ‘Next to the study was the bathroom where I led him to next. The room was dimly lit masking the light from showing the disparity in my eyes.
‘It was a beige marble tiled floor with porcelain Victorian style bathtub in the middle of the room and nowhere near the size of Jeffrey’s residences. I turned on the taps for the tub and the heat from the water began to steam up the small room. On the basin were aromatic oils, lotions and soaps, loving the scent of floral notes, I poured in the lavender bath oil.
Prince Andrew is pictured leaving a different nightclub the year before Giuffre says they met. He was 41 when she claims they had sex. She was 17
‘Trying to do the best of my youthfulness to try and act seductive, I gradually began to strip off my clothing, piece by piece. Giving him time to savor the moment to come. He loved every second of it as I went over to where he was waiting and watching, then began to undress him at a much quicker pace.
‘We kissed and touched each other before submersing into the hot water, where we both continued to reenact foreplay.
‘He was adorning my young body, particularly my feet, caressing my toes and licking my arches. That was definitely a first for me and I couldn’t help but laugh, I hoped he didn’t expect the same treatment back.’
She then describes them going to the bedroom.
‘It wasn’t hard to get him wound up to the point where he just wanted to have the rest of me so we dried off from the cold and retired to my bedchambers for the longest ten minutes of my life.
‘Moments later and without any real emotional attachment, he burst in ecstasy, leaving me to my own feelings of dismay,’ she said.
Giuffre told Dateline that the next time she saw Andrew was at Epstein’s mansion in New York where she says she and another of Epstein’s ‘girls’ were instructed to sit on Andrew’s lap, she claims.
‘Then he groped one of our breasts – I’m not too sure exactly who. Ghislaine took a picture. Us girls were just toys,’ she said.
Giuffre said her alleged encounters with Andrew were more memorable than other men she claims Epstein made her sleep with because of who he was.
‘He was a prince. He was like, he was famous. He’s royalty. And it just stuck out in my mind.
He was adorning my young body, particularly my feet, caressing my toes and licking my arches. That was definitely a first for me and I couldn’t help but laugh, I hoped he didn’t expect the same treatment back
‘I grew up watching Disney, just like most little girls grow up watching Disney and princes and princesses were the good people of the world. And he wasn’t.’
Despite Andrew’s angry denials, she maintains her story.
‘He denies that it ever happened and he’s going to keep denying that it ever happened but he knows the truth and I know the truth,’ she said on Friday.
In the memoir she describes Ghislaine waking her up that morning and excitedly telling her that they were going shopping for a new outfit because she was meeting a prince that night.
When Andrew arrived that night, she says at around 6pm, Ghislaine played her ‘favorite game’ – asking him to guess how old she was.
‘When Andrew guessed correctly, I was seventeen years old, she was surprised, thinking I could have passed for younger,’ she said in her memoir.
Giuffre claimed Epstein paid her $15,000 the following day. There is no suggestion that Andrew ever knew she was given money.
The Dateline special also featured five other women who say they were abused by Epstein, including three who have never spoken publicly before.
The women say they felt ‘let down’ by his suicide in August and demanded for the people who helped him traffic and abuse them to be brought to justice.
Maxwell’s townhouse where Roberts Giuffre said she and Andrew had sex after the nightclub. She previously alleged that they had a bath together before engaging in sex
Roberts Giuffre claims the group went to Tramp, a nightclub in London, where she claims Andrew bought cocktails at the bar and danced with her
Anousa de Georgiou is the first British woman to publicly accuse Epstein of abuse
Marijke Chartouni, a different accuser, said she found it ‘comforting’ to be there
Rachel Benavidez also spoke for the first time about her experience with Epstein
Jennifer Araoz, who has spoken publicly before, said she felt ‘let down’ that Epstein was ‘able to commit suicide’
left to right (Rachel Benavidez, Chauntae Davis, Jennifer Araoz, Anousa de Georgiou,Marijke Chartouni and Virginia Roberts Giuffre)
Prince Andrew addressed Epstein’s death in this statement issued on August 24.
Buckingham Palace previously issued this statement on behalf of the Duke: ‘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.’
Anouska de Georgiou is one of the accusers who spoke for the first time in the interview. Rachel Benavidez, Chauntae Davis, Jennifer Araoz and Marijke Chartouni were also interviewed.
De Georgiou said: ‘The only solace for me is that when a group of people who have experienced trauma of this kind come together united against a common enemy there is a very special bond between us all.
‘I think the nature of this kid of abuse means you’re conditioned to be silenced, isolated, secretive and shameful.
‘Justice now is holding accountable the perpetrators that helped him and participated with him and encouraging more people to come forward.’
Loss: ‘I wasn’t mourning the death of this man. I was mourning the death of my ability to hold this man accountable,’ said Giuffre Roberts
Araoz, who said she was recruited as a teenager outside her Manhattan high school, said she felt ‘let down’ that he was ‘able’ to commit suicide.
‘It was really upsetting,’ she said.
Giuffre added: ‘They failed us before, don’t fail us again. That’s all we’re asking. Take us serious.’
The interview comes a month after she stood outside a federal courthouse in Manhattan and delivered a message to Prince Andrew, saying: ‘He knows exactly what he’s done. And I hope he comes clean about it.’
Law and order: Palm Beach police chief Michael Reiter said he has no idea how so many things worked out in Epstein’s favor in this case, calling it unfathomable
Kids incorporated: Virginia was 15 when she was recruited while working at the Mar-a-Lago spa to be Jeffrey Epstein’s sex slave
Snow day: She is now suing the United States for how they handled the prosecution of Epstein, and in her filing has included pictures he took of her around the world (above in New Mexico at 17)