Virginia Roberts, who claims to have been trafficked by convicted pedophiles Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince andrew On three occasions nearly 20 years ago, he responded to the prince's denial of his allegations against him, saying, "He knows what happened, I know what happened, and there is only one of us telling the truth."
Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, made the comment in an interview with the BBC that is scheduled to air on Monday. The network tweeted a 20-second preview of the interview on Thursday.
The BBC aired an interview with Prince Andrew on November 14, in which Elizabeth II's second son discussed his friendship with Epstein and the allegations of sexual assault against him. The 59-year-old said he "never remembered ever meeting" Roberts, "none." The Duke of York also suggested that a now famous photograph, showing it with his hand around Roberts's waist, was tampered with.
"I have absolutely no recollection of this photograph," insisted the prince. "I'm afraid to say that I don't believe the photograph was taken in the suggested way."
The interview was widely regarded as a public relations disaster for Andrew, who announced shortly after he aired that he would be leaving office.
This 2001 photo shows Prince Andrew with his arm around the waist of Virginia Roberts, 17. In the background is Epstein's girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.
(US Second Circuit Court of Appeals)
Also Thursday, London Metropolitan Police released who received a complaint in July 2015 accusing Epstein "and a British woman" – presumably a reference to Epstein's longtime companion Ghislaine Maxwell – of "not recent trafficking for sexual exploitation".
Roberts claimed that Epstein paid her to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions from 2001, including one in London. She says she was 17 when they had sex.
Metropolitan Police Alex Murray said the department interviewed Roberts – which was not mentioned in the statement – and consulted prosecutors before concluding in November 2016 that "it was not the appropriate authority to conduct investigations under these circumstances."
"Following legal advice, it became clear that any investigation into trafficking in persons would be largely focused on activities and relationships outside the United Kingdom," Murray said, adding that the Metropolitan Police revisited their decision following Epstein's death last August and "our position". remains unchanged. "
Epstein died on August 10 after being found unconscious in a Manhattan cell where he was awaiting trial on federal charges of sex trafficking. His death was considered suicide.
Murray also said that London police did not receive a formal request for assistance from other law enforcement agencies investigating the case.
US officials are still investigating the case, and several civil cases against Epstein's estate are underway.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.