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Britain's Prince Andrew 'categorically' denies sex claims

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By Andrew MacAskill and William Schomberg

Britain's Prince Andrew said he could not have had sex with a teenage girl at a socialite's London home because he returned to his house after a children's party on the night in question and has no recollection of ever meeting her.

The rare interview was an attempt to draw a line under a scandal after months of headlines about Andrew's ties to the U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in August while being held on federal sex-trafficking charges.

Speaking publicly for the first time about his relationship with Epstein, Queen Elizabeth's second son gave an at times rambling and contradictory account. He said Epstein's behavior had been "unbecoming", but that he does not regret their friendship because of the opportunities it gave him to meet business people.

One of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Giuffre, has said she was forced to have sex with Andrew in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island between 1999 and 2002, when she says Epstein kept her as a "sex slave".

During the hour-long BBC interview broadcast on Saturday, Andrew gave a series of reasons why her account of meeting him sweating and dancing almost two decades ago at a London nightclub before having sex with him could not be true, including the fact he suffered from a medical condition that stopped him perspiring.

He also said that on the night he was alleged to have met her he was at home with his family after visiting a Pizza Express restaurant in Woking with his daughter Beatrice.

"I can absolutely, categorically tell you it never happened," Andrew said. "I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever."

He defended his relationship with Epstein, saying it opened up opportunities as he transitioned out of the Navy.

"The people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful," he said.

Andrew also said he stayed at Epstein's home in New York after the financier's conviction because he was "too honorable". Epstein had pleaded guilty in 2008 to Florida state prostitution charges.

"It was a convenient place to stay," Andrew said. "But at the time I felt it was the honorable and right thing to do and I admit fully that my judgement was probably colored by my tendency to be too honorable but that's just the way it is."

Giuffre, who was previously named Virginia Roberts, has said that she first had sex with Andrew when she was 17 and underage.

A picture showing the prince with his arm around Giuffre's waist from 2001 has appeared in British media. Andrew said that he recognized himself in the photograph, but he questioned its authenticity.

"I don't believe that photograph was taken in the way that has been suggested," Andrew said in the interview. "I don't recollect that photograph ever being taken."

He has previously denied any inappropriate relations with Giuffre.

Gloria Allred, a lawyer acting for alleged victims of Epstein, said Andrew should answer questions under oath.

"There is so much truth that is yet to be revealed," she told Reuters. The prince should "should agree to testify under oath and also he should voluntarily agree to speak to law enforcement."

PREVIOUS DENIALS

When the allegations were first made, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said it was "emphatically denied" that Andrew had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Giuffre.

Andrew has previously said he stood by the palace statements and recently apologized over his friendship with Epstein.

The prince said he only visited Epstein's New York home in 2010 after his release from prison in order to break off the friendship. The former investment banker was then a registered sex offender.

Epstein, 66, died by hanging himself in his Manhattan jail cell on Aug 10. He had pleaded not guilty to the latest charges.

Andrew said he had seen no signs Epstein was procuring young girls for sex trafficking and that as patron of a UK charity campaign against child abuse he was alert to the dangers.

"I knew what the things were to look for, but I never saw them," he said.

He appeared to be open to giving a statement under oath, saying in the interview: "If push came to shove and the legal advice was to do so, then I would be duty bound to do so."

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What a swamp.

Reminds me of Eyes Wide Shut.

I've lost count of the amount of paedophile scandals among the elite, especially in the UK.

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I suggest you go on youTube, if you are not in the UK, and watch this horror show of an interview. Andrew comes out as a self absorbed, self obsessed thicko who has zero empathy. He did not mention Epstein's victims at all, declared he had done nothing wrong, was not ashamed of his friendship with Epstein and 'did not recollect' anything. The man is a disgrace. The scary thing is, he thought he had done well after the recording.

The Pizza Express in Woking has never had so much interest.

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Prince Andrew & the Epstein Scandal: The Newsnight Interview - BBC News.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtBS8COhhhM

Unscrupulously and sordid. A sleazy squalid arrogant man.

Are the UK public to believe Prince Andrew made an alleged trip to Woking Pizza Express then returned to don pipe and slippers for an evening in do doubt sipping a Royal mug of Horlicks?

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The men around Epstein just don't get it even now. This interview is proof.

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colored by my tendency to be too honorable

Do even the hardest core royal worshippers believe this? What a repulsive twat.

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Prince Andrew literally got caught with his pants down.

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Brockman writes: “I realized that the recipient of Irina’s foot massage was his Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.”........

Prince Andrew was seen getting foot massage from young woman at Epstein's apartment – report

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/22/prince-andrew-epstein-foot-massage

I couldn't help but laugh out loud reading a comment below the BBC you-tube interview.....

This interview was like watching someone run through a field of rakes”......I know this is not a jovial matter but it spot on.

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This interview is evidence to show/prove how closeted and separated from society the world Prince Andrew moves around in.

It seemed to have never occurred to the Prince, Emily Maitlis interrogates UK senior politicians on a almost daily basis.

Prince Andrew is no match for Emily Maitlis.

Emily Maitlis didn't just grill him, she launched Prince Andrew on to the BBQ. It is toe curling to listen to.

This is what the deep and smelly looks and sounds like.

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Just watch how Andrew's eyes blink repeatedly when he was asked about sleeping with the teenage girl. Something like 10 blinks in 10 seconds- a sure tell that he is feeling pressure and lying. Also he repeatedly looks down and his eyes dart about. What a scumbag.

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I think we can see here why Epsteins life was so rapidly abbreviated.

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People think that this is strange behavior for Royalty-it is not.

Plenty of examples in history show it to be so...

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The backlash is enormous. No one believes him. No one remembers seeing him in Woking, doctors have come forward to sat they have never heard of this adrenalin surge sweat free condition Andrew claims he had, and a bloke who used to work in Tramp said the place is so small you see the bar when you walk in.

A former diplomat has said that the only time Andrew told the truth in that interview was when he said he had never bought a drink.

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This is probably the worse moment by a member of the royal family since King Edward VIII abdicated in 1937. Randy Andy has put it all out so impossible to deny it now. Deeply embarrassing for his mother and his female children.

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