CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses sexual abuse.

A US woman who says she survived sexual abuse by billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein has repeated shocking allegations that she was instructed to have sex with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, when she was only 17 years old.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre told Australia’s 60 Minutes she was recruited by Epstein’s partner Ghislaine Maxwell to perform erotic “massages” on him when she was still a minor – and that Epstein then coerced her into sex with his powerful friends.

“I was trafficked to other billionaires, I was trafficked to politicians, professors, even royalty,” Roberts Giuffre said.

“It was the elite of the world, it was the people who run the world, it was the most powerful people in the world.”

via 60 Minutes

One of her most stunning claims is that she was instructed by Epstein to have sex with his friend, Prince Andrew, on three occasions.

Roberts Giuffre told journo Tara Brown of one night where she was recruited to dance with Prince Andrew at a club.

“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 where I learned what was going to happen,” she said.

She produced a highly-publicised 2001 photo appearing to show Prince Andrew embracing her as a teen. Maxwell can be seen in the background.

Despite the FBI reportedly believing the photo to be genuine, unidentified sources who claim links to Prince Andrew have reportedly denied its authenticity.

Prince Andrew has denied all the allegations laid against him. Responding to the mounting scandal in August, Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying Prince Andrew “deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”

But Roberts Giuffre believes Epstein and Prince Andrew are “just two of a like-mind”.

“They both love having sex with young women, they both think that they can get away with everything. That they’re above society, and for a long time Jeffrey was. He proved it, didn’t he?”

Roberts Giuffre, who now resides in Queensland, said she will continue to fight for justice for Epstein’s victims in the aftermath of his controversial death.

You can watch the full episode, which features a pretty well-rounded retelling of Epstein’s crimes, right here. 

For the record, Nine Entertainment Co., which owns and produces 60 Minutes, also owns PEDESTRIAN.TV.


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