Prince Andrew was at nightclub with alleged victim and not at Pizza Express, new witness claims

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Britain's Prince Andrew leaves St. Mary the Virgin church in Hillington, near royal Sandringham estate, in Norfolk, Britain January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Chris Radburn
A new witness says they saw Andrew at the nightclub with Giuffre. (Reuters)

A lawyer representing some of the alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein says a woman has come forward claiming to have seen Prince Andrew at a nightclub with Virginia Giuffre - despite his denial he was there.

Andrew, 60, said he was at Pizza Express in Woking and then at home on the night of 10 March 2001, the night Giuffre, also known as Virginia Roberts, says they were at a nightclub in London.

But Lisa Bloom, a US lawyer who represents some of the alleged victims, said a woman has come forward claiming to have seen them, and the information has been passed to the FBI.

Shukri Walker has told Bloom she saw Andrew, Giuffre, as well as Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell in the club, backing up Guiffre’s account.

Bloom told the PA news agency in an email: “I can confirm that I spoke to the FBI and gave them all of the information Shukri provided to me.

“She credibly alleges that she was there at the Tramp nightclub in 2001 and specifically recalls Prince Andrew being there with Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell.

“She had never been in the presence of a royal before or since and so it was very memorable to her.

“She was disappointed when she saw Prince Andrew’s now infamous interview where he denied being there.”

Virginia Giuffre, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein, walks after the hearing in the criminal case against Epstein, who died this month in what a New York City medical examiner ruled a suicide, at Federal Court in New York, U.S., August 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Virginia Giuffre, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein, says Prince Andrew had sex with her. (Reuters)

Ms Bloom added: “I represent six victims of Jeffrey Epstein. We demand that everyone who helped him abuse girls be brought to justice.

“And we demand that everyone with information about Epstein or Maxwell, including Prince Andrew, assist authorities by providing full information and documentation.”

Walker told The Sun she recalls seeing Andrew at Tramp because she accidentally stepped on his foot while dancing.

She said: “When I watched the BBC interview and saw Prince Andrew deny knowing Virginia, saying he has no recollection of that night I had to come forward.

“Because I was there and I do have a recollection of it.”

Maxwell is in prison in New York, after her bail request was denied, and will face trial in July 2021 on charges of of trafficking minors for her former partner. She pleaded not guilty.

Epstein took his own life in prison before he could come to trial.

ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 22:  Royal Ascot Race Meeting Thursday - Ladies Day. Prince Andrew, Duke Of York and Ghislaine Maxwell At Ascot. With them are Edward (far left) and Caroline Stanley (far right), the Earl and Countess of Derby. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Andrew with Ghislaine Maxwell at Royal Ascot. (Getty Images)

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Andrew was friends with Maxwell from the time she was at university, it’s previously been reported, and says she was the one who introduced him to Epstein.

However other reports indicate she was not at the party where the two men first met.

Andrew is accused by Giuffre of having sex with her when she was a minor in US law, after she had been trafficked for Epstein.

The Duke of York categorically denies any allegation of sexual contact with her and any wrongdoing.

In a now settled defamation lawsuit, and in other cases, Giuffre says she was recruited by Maxwell in 2000.

The Sun reported the FBI decided it did not need Walker’s testimony.

An FBI spokeswoman told the PA news agency it would not comment on the developments surrounding Walker.

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