Virginia Giuffre needs to hold Prince Andrew accountable says dad
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Ms Virginia Roberts Guiffre claimed the Duke of York forced her into sex while he visited Jeffrey Epstein, when she was 17. Prince Andrew has strongly denied all claims. Appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday, Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley spoke to Ms Guiffre’s father, Sky Roberts. Madeley questioned Ms Guiffre’s focus on Prince Andrew and asked Mr Roberts what he thought of the civil case brought against the royal.
“It seems to us here in the UK that your daughter is now very, very focused on Prince Andrew,” the 65-year-old journalist said.
“She’s very focused on bringing him to I supposed what you might describe in American news as her justice. What do you think?
“I mean, you know your daughter very, very well.
“What do you think she wants ultimately, does she want a settlement or does she want to see Prince Andrew, in the end, in court?”
“I think she needs to do both,” Mr Roberts replied. “She needs to hold him accountable for all of his actions.”
He continued: “I’m very proud of my daughter for stepping up and putting this civil suit against him.”
“He knows what he has done wrong and it’s like I’ve been reading this last week that even trying to service him papers, he was instructing his guard to tell them not to accept any court papers.
“An innocent man wouldn’t do that. Only a guilty man does that. If he’s afraid of something, if he’s innocent, why block these papers coming to him for this civil suit?
“I’m just proud of my daughter and that she’s actually going after him for this.”
Madeley explained one of Prince Andrew’s lines of defence was to open up a private agreement which Ms Guiffre reached with the royal’s late friend and convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein.
Ms Guiffre agreed to reach a settlement and not go after Epstein or members of his circle she had alleged had assaulted her sexually.
Prince Andrew’s lawyers have asked to see these papers and Madeley asked Mr Roberts if Prince Andrew is mentioned in the document.
“I don’t know if that was in there or not,” Mr Roberts said. “Whether he goes to court or sees the judge, he should be held accountable.
“People get settlements for lots of different reasons – you can fall and get a settlement, you can spill coffee on yourself and get a settlement.”
Mr Roberts went on to allege: “My daughter was sexually abused by Prince Andrew, so I think that’s even more important – I think she wants both, a settlement and to see him served.”
When asked about whether he had any idea Epstein was a threat to his daughter when he’d drop his daughter at Epstein’s house, Mr Roberts revealed: “No, I had no idea.
“I met Jeffrey Epstein when she first started working for him, but it was supposed to be massage therapy.
“I thought, ‘That might be a good job to learn.’ When I met him, he was just in jeans in front of his mansion and just seemed like a regular guy.
“I had no idea what was going on. As a father, if I had any idea of what was going on, I would have stopped it.”
Susanna Reid added it must be a “huge regret” to him to have taken Ms Guiffre to Mr Epstein’s house.
Mr Roberts replied: “It’s a huge regret to me. I love my daughter, she’s the apple of my eye.
“I love her so much and to see her go through that, it hurts me a lot. But I’m glad she’s strong now. I hope everything falls her way.”
The case Ms Giuffre has brought against Prince Andrew is civil only and there is no suggestion of any criminal charged being brought against the royal regarding her allegations.
Prince Andrew has vehemently denied all claims.
Speaking to BBC Newsnight in 2019, Prince Andrew said Ms Giuffre’s claims “never happened”.
He stated: “It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”
Buckingham Palace previously released a statement to say: “The Duke of York unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.
“His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.
“I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Andrew’s representatives for comment.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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