She says she was forced by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Prince Andrew, and now Virginia Giuffre fears that she will be silenced for speaking out.
Giuffre (formerly Virginia Roberts) says she was trafficked by the disgraced late U.S. financier Epstein and forced to have sex with his friends, including the British prince, when she was 17.
Andrew, 59, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, has said he has no recollection of ever meeting Giuffre and categorically denies the allegations. Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan jail in August as he awaited trial.
Now, Giuffre says the FBI has told her that there has been a credible threat made on her life, over her role in the scandal. In recent days, she took to social media to say she fears there are “evil people” who want to see her silenced.
On Dec. 10, the 36-year-old posted that should anything happen to her, people should be aware that she is not suicidal.
“I am making it publicly known that in no way, shape or form am I suicidal. I have made this known to my therapist and GP- If something happens to me- in the sake of my family do not let this go away and help me to protect them. Too many evil people want to see me quieted.”
Giuffre said yesterday in a follow-up tweet that police in the U.S. had warned her that her life is at risk.
“In response to the overwhelming amount of support I have received, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who is standing up beside me fighting for our children to have a safer future. I have been informed from the F.B.I there has been a credible death threat against me,” Giuffre wrote.
Without any evidence, conspiracy theories have swirled online for months that Epstein himself was killed (rather than dying by suicide), to stop him exposing high-profile people who may have been involved in his crimes.
In a recent U.K. television appearance, Giuffre appealed to Britons to take her side, saying that she was telling the truth.
Giuffre said she was brought to London in 2001 by Epstein and taken to meet the prince, one of three occasions when she says she had sex with Prince Andrew. The prince has recently been forcibly withdrawn from public life by the monarchy because of the scandal that has continued to deepen.
“He knows what happened. I know what happened, and there’s only one of us telling the truth, and I know that’s me,” Giuffre told BBC Panorama.
“I implore the citizens in the U.K. to stand up beside me, to help me fight this fight, to not accept this as being OK. This is not some sordid sex story. This is a story of being trafficked, this is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guys’ royalty.”
In her interview, which was recorded before the prince himself held a BBC interview, Giuffre said she was taken to the Tramp nightclub in London by Epstein and his former associate Ghislaine Maxwell. Andrew asked her to dance, she said.
“He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life. I mean it was horrible and this guy was sweating all over me, like his sweat was like it was raining basically everywhere,” she said.
In his own interview, Andrew, the eighth-in-line to the throne, said he could not have had sex with Giuffre at Maxwell’s home on the night she alleges because he had been to a pizza restaurant in the commuter town of Woking for a children’s party.
He said he suffered from a medical condition that stopped him perspiring and cast doubt on the authenticity of a picture from 2001 which showed him with his arm around Giuffre’s waist.
He said he did not remember the photo being taken and that he had never been upstairs in Maxwell’s house where the image appeared to have been captured.
Giuffre told the BBC the picture was genuine and she had given it to the FBI.
Andrew also said he had stayed at Epstein’s home in New York after the financier had been convicted of Florida state prostitution charges because he was “too honourable” to break off the relationship by telephone and wanted to do so in person.
Those explanations provoked derision and ridicule in newspapers and social media, while the prince was also criticized for failing to show sympathy for the victims of Epstein.
“The people on the inside are going to keep coming up with these ridiculous excuses. Like his arm was elongated or the photo was doctored, or he came to New York to break up with Jeffrey Epstein. I mean come on I’m calling BS on this, because that’s what it is,” Giuffre said.