Politics News : UK’s Prince Andrew Says He Has ‘No Recollection’ of Having Sex With Epstein Accuser in TV Interview – News18
Politics News :
London: Britain’s Prince Andrew has “categorically” denied having sex with an alleged teen victim of disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein, who claims she was forced to sleep with the royal, in an extraordinary interview broadcast on UK television on Saturday.
In an unprecedented hour-long conversation with the BBC’s Newsnight programme, Andrew insisted he had “no recollection” of ever having met his accuser, Virginia Roberts.
The prince also conceded his continued association with Epstein after he was convicted of soliciting prostitution had let the royal family down — but that he did not believe it had damaged the reputation of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
“I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” Andrew told the BBC’s Emily Maitlis, on the allegations he had sex with Roberts, now Giuffre, on three occasions.
“I’ve said consistently and frequently that we never had any sort of sexual contact whatever.
“I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever,” he added.
Andrew, 59 — eighth in line to the throne — has been heavily criticised over his links to multimillionaire Epstein, who was found dead in a New York jail in August.
A coroner ruled that he committed suicide by hanging, while awaiting trial on federal charges he trafficked girls as young as 14 for sex. Epstein had pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring a girl under the age of 18 for prostitution and served 13 months in a US prison before being released on probation.
Nonetheless Andrew, who hosted him at Windsor Castle and remained in contact immed