'He knows what happened' - Prince Andrew's accuser

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) VIRGINIA GIUFFRE, SAYING:

“I'm calling BS on this because that's what it is.”

An American woman who says she was forced when underage to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew appeared on the BBC Monday.

Andrew categorically denies the allegations.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) VIRGINIA GIUFFRE, SAYING:

“He knows what happened, I know what happened, and there's only one of us telling the truth and I know that's me.''

Virginia Giuffre says she was trafficked by the disgraced late American financier Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with his friends, including Prince Andrew, when she was 17 years old.

Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, who’s now 59, denies the accusations or having any relationship with Giuffre, who was previously named Virginia Roberts.

In her interview, she described a trip to London in 2001 when she said she was taken to the Tramp nightclub by Epstein and his former associate Ghislaine Maxwell to meet Andrew.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) VIRGINIA GIUFFRE, SAYING:

''He asked me to the dance, he is the most hideous dancer I have ever seen in my life, I mean it was horrible, and this guy was sweating all over me like his sweat was like, it was raining basically everywhere and I was just like (makes noise) grossed out from it, but I knew I had to keep him happy because that's what Jeffrey (Epstein) and Ghislaine (Maxwell) would expect from me.''

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRINCE ANDREW, SAYING:

"I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady.

Her segment was taped before the Prince spoke to the BBC for his own interview, which aired last month.

In it, he attempted to cast doubt on her account by saying he suffered from a medical condition that had prevented him from perspiring.

Andrew also said he stayed at Epstein’s home after the financier had been convicted of Florida state prostitution charges because he was “too honorable” and wanted to break off the friendship in person.

The Prince’s responses provoked derision and ridicule in newspapers and social media, and he has since stepped down from royal duties as charities and other organizations distanced themselves from him.

Giuffre appealed to viewers to take her side.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) VIRGINIA GIUFFRE, SAYING:

''I implore the people in the UK to stand up beside me to help me fight this fight and not accept this as being okay. This is not some sordid sex story, this is a story of being trafficked.''

In response to excerpts of Giuffre’s interview, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “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.”

Giuffre has also said she was forced by Epstein to have sex with prominent U.S. attorney Alan Dershowitz, who strongly denied the claim in federal court Monday.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ALAN DERSHOWITZ, SAYING:

“I never saw her. I never met her. I never heard of her. It’s a totally made up story….”

Dershowitz has filed a federal defamation claim against Giuffre.