The woman who says she was forced to sleep with Prince Andrew after being trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, has flatly contradicted the duke’s denial of an encounter – with a description of how she says the pair first met.
Virginia Giuffre said the prince’s “sweat was like it was raining basically everywhere” when they danced at a nightclub – in defiance of his claim that he had been medically unable to sweat.
Giving her first UK interview, Ms Giuffre, who was photographed with Andrew at the time, also “implored” British people to “stand beside her” and not accept what happened to her as “being OK”.
She insisted the royal team would “keep coming up with ridiculous excuses”.
Prince Andrew and Buckingham Palace have strongly denied her claims.
Ms Giuffre, then called Virginia Roberts, claimed in court papers in Florida that she was trafficked to have sex with friends of Epstein, including Prince Andrew, when she was under age at 17.
She claims Epstein, who killed himself in jail in August, took her to London in 2001, where she was introduced to the prince, and together with Epstein and his then girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, they went to Tramp nightclub.
“We went into the VIP section. There was no waiting in the lines obviously – you were with a prince,” she told Panorama.
“Andrew asked me what I wanted to drink, you know, and I said, ‘Oh, you know, something from the bar’. He had something clear. I know mine was vodka … and then he asked me to dance.
“He is the most hideous dancer I’ve 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. I was just like ‘ugh’ – grossed out from it, but I knew I had to keep him happy because that’s what Jeffrey and Ghislaine would have expected from me.”
When they left the club, Ms Giuffre says Ms Maxwell gave her instructions.
“In the car Ghislaine tells me that I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey, and that just made me sick.”
She said that later that evening, she had sex with the duke upstairs at Ms Maxwell’s house in Belgravia.
In an interview with BBC Newsnight last month, the prince said he did not recall meeting Ms Giuffre, and that he had a medical condition that meant he did not sweat after suffering an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands war when he was shot at.
Asked about the photo that appears to show him with his arm around Ms Giuffre’s waist, he said he did not recall it being taken and questioned whether it was his hand in the picture.
But Ms Giuffre said: “The people on the inside are going to keep coming up with these ridiculous excuses, like his arm was elongated or the photo was doctored or he came to New York to break up with Jeffrey Epstein. I mean come on.
“I’m calling BS on this. He knows what happened, I know what happened. And there’s only one of us telling the truth, and I know that’s me.”
She went on: “I implore the people in the UK to stand up beside me, to help me fight this fight, to not accept this as being ok.
“This is not some sordid sex story. This is a story of being trafficked, this is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guys’ royalty.”
The Panorama interview was recorded before the Prince spoke to Newsnight but she has since told the BBC she stands by every word she said.
In response to the programme, Buckingham Palace referred to a previous statement saying: “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.”
A statement last month said the duke “unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein” and “deeply sympathises with those affected who want some form of closure”.
The Prince and the Epstein Scandal is on BBC One at 9pm.