Virginia Roberts Giuffre has hit out at Prince Andrew saying she is ‘sick of hearing his lame excuses’, after friends close to the royal claimed the photo of him posing with her as a teenager is fake.
In an explosive interview with 60 Minutes Australia on Sunday, Giuffre spoke out about her life as Jeffrey Epstein’s sex slave and described in detail how she was ‘trafficked’ to the Duke of York when she was 17.
Prince Andrew has repeatedly and vehemently denied the accusations, calling them ‘false’ and ‘without foundation’ and saying ‘any suggestion of impropriety with under-age minors is ‘categorically untrue’.
During the interview, Giuffre pulled out the infamous photo of her with the prince that she says was taken the night she had sex with him.
‘This photo has been verified as an original and has since been given to the FBI and they’ve never contested that it’s a fake,’ she said.
Jeffrey Epstein’s sex slave Virginia Roberts Giuffre has called on Prince Andrew to ‘stop with the lame excuses’ – after sources close to the royal claimed the photo of the two of them is fake
In a now infamous photo, Prince Andrew is seen holding Giuffre’s waist as Ghislaine Maxwell looks on in the background. The Duke of York’s legal team has since cast doubt on the veracity of the picture saying he has ‘no recollection’ of it being taken
Prince Andrew has been dragged into the allegation surrounding pedophile Jeffrey Epstein after Giuffre claimed she was ‘trafficked’ to him when she was 17. Above he is seen going for a stroll with Epstein in Central park in 2010
‘I know it’s real and he needs to stop with all of these lame excuses, we’re sick of hearing it.
‘This is a real photo. That’s the very first time I met him.’
In August, Prince Andrew’s legal team cast doubt on the veracity photograph saying he has ‘absolutely no recollection’ of it being taken.
Sources close to the prince also questioned whether the photo was real, pointing out that his fingers ‘don’t look right’.
Giuffre went on to describe the events leading up to her alleged first sexual encounter with Andrew, which she said started when she was taken to a club in London.
‘We went to Club Tramp, he danced with me, and he sweats a lot and he smells funny.
‘And then we get in the car and Ghislaine tells me in the car that I have to do what I do for Jeffrey for Prince Andrew.
‘And that’s when I learned what was going to happen.’
Giuffre claims she had sex with Andrew three times, once in London, another time at Epstein’s New York City mansion, and again at Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.
During one occasion she claimed about eight other young girls were also present.
Prince Andrew addressed Epstein’s death in this statement issued on August 24.
She said she did not have any conversations with Andrew beyond their alleged sexual encounters and described feeling ‘disgusted’ each time.
‘You’re not even acknowledged as being alive, or there, or important, or cared for. None of those human emotions were attached to me when I was trafficked to Prince Andrew.
‘There wasn’t one time that I was trafficked to any individual that I thought, “he’s an okay guy.” No.
‘I was always disgusted that there were so many people involved in this highly-organised sex trafficking operation.’
Prince Andrew has been dragged into the allegations surrounding paedophile Jeffrey Epstein after Giuffre famously claimed she had sex with him in a 2015 lawsuit which ended up being struck out by a US judge for being ‘immaterial and impertinent.’
The royal was also photographed with the billionaire paedophile in Central Park, just a few years after Epstein was convicted of soliciting an underage girl in 2008.
During the emotional interview, she also returned to the New York City mansion where Epstein first took her almost 20 years ago, when she was held captive by the paedophile.
Virginia (pictured in her youth) described the moment she was recruited as a teen by Ghislaine Maxwell who told her she was looking to hire a masseuse
Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges in July but died in his cell a month later
‘It’s hard. It’s really hard being back here… There’s a lot of scars hidden behind those walls,’ she said fighting back tears.
‘It should be ripped down. It should be burned. Some of my worst memories are from this place.’
Giuffre described the moment she was recruited as a teen by Maxwell who told her she was looking to hire a masseuse.
‘She just seemed very nice and she said, “I’ve got a person that I know who’s actually looking for a travelling masseuse and if you want I can get you an interview with him. If he likes you, we can get you educated, you’ll be a real masseuse and you’ll get to travel and see the world.”
‘She made it sound like it was a dream come true and it wasn’t.’
‘I was trafficked to other billionaires. I was trafficked to politicians, professors, even royalty. It was the elite of the world. It was the people who run the world, it was the most powerful people in the world,’ she added.
Giuffre believed Epstein used her as a form of ‘blackmail’, saying he ‘always have something on someone, just in case he needed it’.
Fellow Epstein victim Courtney Wild also told how she was plucked from a Florida trailer park at 14 and taken to perform massages on Epstein in 2001.
‘I knew I was coming here to give a guy a massage and to make $200. I did know that,’ she told 60 Minutes.
In the interview, she returns to the NYC mansion where he held her captive for the first time in almost 20 years
During the interview, Giuffre returned to Epstein’s NYC mansion where she was first taken when she was a minor. She now says the home should be ‘ripped down’
‘It was never told to me that I would be molested by this man or anything like that,’ she said.
‘I remember afterwards how I felt walking down the stairs. I felt so dirty, like a piece of me had been taken. It was like my dirty little secret, you know.’
In addition to being one of his victims, Wild was also in charge of bringing in new girls for Epstein.
She admitted she recruited at least 50 girls between the ages of 14 and 16.
‘You can tell his addiction wasn’t drugs or alcohol, it was young girls,’ she said.
‘If I couldn’t bring him a girl, when he couldn’t get his obsession, he just would get so mad.’
She added: ‘I just hold a lot of guilt and shame for doing those things, and just to know that I had any influence on that happening to somebody else, it’s just devastating. It breaks my heart.’
Fellow Epstein victim Courtney Wild also described how she was recruited from a Florida trailer park to work as a ‘masseuse’ for Epstein when she was 14
Giuffre had previously provided the FBI with photos that proved she travelled around the globe with Epstein.
In one she is seen on a New York City ferry while others show her horse riding and posing up in front of a museum treasure chest.
Those three photos were taken by Epstein himself she claims, when he shuttled her to New Mexico for the weekend.
All the while raping her and letting his friends do the same, according to Giuffre’s lawsuit.
‘Epstein took me on a ferry boat on one of the trips to New York City and there he took the picture above. I was approximately 15 or 16 years old at the time,’ she writes of the first photo.
In that picture, Roberts looks years younger than her age as she smiles for the camera while on an unchaperoned trip with Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell over 1,000 miles away from home.
‘You can see how young I looked in the photograph,’ she notes, while also claiming she was raped by Epstein at his Manhattan mansion on that trip.
‘Over the next few weeks, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell trained me to do what they wanted, including sexual activities and the use of sexual toys,’ she wrote.
‘The training was in New York and Florida, at Epstein’s mansions. It was basically every day and was like going to school. I also had to have sex with Epstein many times.’
Giuffre said that she was trained to be ‘everything a man wanted me to be.’
She and another underage victim are suing the government for the sweetheart plea deal they offered Epstein, and for failing to provide the plaintiffs and other victims with any concrete information about the sex offender.
In her case, Giuffre did in fact get a letter from the FBI, but not until long after the plea deal had negotiated and Epstein’s non-prosecution deal and signed.
That letter is attached as an exhibit in one filing, and shows it was mailed in September, more than two months after Epstein signed off on the deal in June.