The British prince Andrew denies that he had sex with a teenager twenty years ago, partly because "I was unable to sweat due to a medical condition." That said Queen Elizabeth's second son and Prince Charles's brother in an hour-long television interview broadcast by the BBC about his ties with Jeffrey Epstein.
One of the victims of the multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, Virginia Giuffre, convicted of sexual misconduct, declared in 2015 during the civil case against Epstein that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew several times between 1999 and 2002, in London, New York and on a private island in the Caribbean. She was a minor during that period.
In the interview Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, denies in all tones that he ever met the woman. He gave several reasons why Giuffre would be wrong. She was said to have met Andrew at a nightclub in London where he was dancing sweaty before they had sex.
Andrew said that was impossible, because at the time he was unable to sweat due to a medical condition. That condition was said to have disappeared recently and, according to Andrew, was the result of adrenaline during the Falklands war.
Andrew adds that he couldn't see her at all that night because he was home with his family after eating pizza with his daughter in a restaurant.
A photo from 2001 showing Andrew with an arm around Giuffre has been edited according to the prince. Prince Andrew is willing to make a statement under oath, "if my lawyers advise me".
Staying at Epstein was "handy"
Even after Epstein was convicted in 2007 for visiting prostitution, Andrew still spent the night with him in New York. The prince said that it was primarily a convenient place to stay, and that he thought it was "honorable".
In an excerpt from the interview that the BBC had already released on Friday, Prince Andrew said he disappointed his family with that sleepover. This behavior "is unbecoming for a member of the British royal family".
In 2010, Andrew saw Epstein for the last time, "to end the friendship," said the prince. Epstein was already registered as a sexual offender.
Interview must put an end to affair
The British prince has been under fire for months because of his ties with Epstein. This American businessman, in anticipation of his lawsuit over the sexual exploitation and abuse of dozens of underage girls, put an end to his life in August at the age of 66.
The unusual interview with the BBC is an attempt to put an end to the affair. The prince defended his friendship with Epstein because it gave him the opportunity to meet business people and build a network after his time in the army.
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