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Virginia Giuffre told me in 2001 she slept with Prince Andrew, witness says | Prince Andrew

Carolyn Andriano, who testified in the trial of intercourse trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell in New York final month, has claimed that Virginia Giuffre told her in 2001 that she slept with Prince Andrew.

The claims, made in an interview with the Daily Mail, will ratchet up the strain on the prince, as it’s a contemporaneous report of his alleged sexual assault of the then 17-year-old Giuffre. He has vehemently denied the claims and his attorneys have been urging a US choose to dismiss Giuffre’s civil go well with in opposition to him.

Andriano, then 14 and dwelling in Florida, mentioned she was texted by Giuffre (previously Virginia Roberts, earlier than her marriage) in 2001 from London, who claimed she had slept with the prince.

“[Giuffre] mentioned, ‘I acquired to sleep with him’,” Andriano told the Mail.

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Ghislaine Maxwell listens as Carolyn Andriano answers questions during Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial.
Ghislaine Maxwell listens as Carolyn Andriano solutions questions throughout Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial. {Photograph}: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

The accusations come after Andriano, now 35, waived her authorized proper to anonymity to inform the complete story of her grooming and sexual assault from aged 14 to 17 at convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s £13m mansion in Palm Seaside, Florida.

Andriano beforehand gave proof anonymously at Maxwell’s trial, alongside two different girls who opted for anonymity, and Annie Farmer, 42, who selected to testify publicly. On the trial, Andriano testified as “Carolyn” and mentioned that it was Giuffre who launched her as a 14-year-old to Maxwell and Epstein.

In her Mail interview, Andriano recalled Giuffre texting her in 2001, saying: “You’ll by no means guess who I’m with… ” Andriano replied: “Who?”

Andriano told the Mail: “[Giuffre] mentioned, ‘I’m in London with Jeffrey and Maxwell and Prince Andrew.’

“She mentioned they have been going to have dinner. I type of didn’t imagine her, however I had no purpose to not. I believed it was far-fetched however, then once more, she knew rich individuals and had been to fancy events and stuff like that.”

Andriano mentioned she had requested Giuffre if she’d been to the palace. “And she mentioned, ‘I acquired to sleep with him’. She didn’t appear upset about it. She thought it was fairly cool,’ Andriano recalled.

Andriano told the Mail that Giuffre despatched an image of her with the prince by textual content. The Guardian was unable to right away confirm the claims independently.

Representatives for the prince declined to remark, in response to the Mail.

Maxwell, 60, was discovered responsible of intercourse trafficking in her Manhattan federal court docket trial final month. She was arrested in July 2020, charged with involvement in ex-boyfriend Epstein’s sexual assault of teenage ladies.

The Mail mentioned Andriano was not paid for her interview. She told the paper she was talking out to let “all younger girls to know what occurred to me once I was a teen and the way it has affected my life. That is my story and I need to inform it”.

Andriano waived her proper to anonymity for the Mail interview.

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