Prince Andrew was at nightclub with Virginia Giuffre, new witness claims
A new witness is claiming she saw Prince Andrew with Jeffrey Epstein’s “sex slave” Virginia Giuffre at a nightclub on the night the royal allegedly had sex with her, according to a new report.
“I remember him dancing and chatting with the young girl,” Shukri Walker told The Sun, contradicting the Duke of York’s contention that he was not there.
Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with the prince after they left Tramp in Mayfair in March 2001, according to the news outlet.
Andrew denies the claim, saying he was not even at the club that night, adding that he recalls the date well because he took his daughter Beatrice to a pizza joint in Surrey at the time, The Sun reported.
But Walker said she was positive she saw Andrew busting moves with Giuffre because she apologized to him after standing on his foot.
“He was smiling. He said, ‘No problem,’” she told the outlet.
The embattled duke has come under increased scrutiny after the arrest of Epstein’s accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, who is awaiting trial at the Brooklyn Detention Center after her July 2 arrest in New Hampshire.
Walker said she decided to speak out after watching the prince’s disastrous BBC “Newsnight” interview over his relationship with Epstein, the financier pedophile who committed suicide in his Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.
She said contacted Lisa Bloom, the attorney who represents multiple alleged Epstein victims who then passed the information on to the FBI.
Walker, who is from Somalia, said she was even more determined to speak out because she was a sex-trafficking victim herself as a teenage refugee from her war-torn homeland.
Bloom said that all Walker “wanted was to get her story to the FBI as a witness to help Virginia. So she wasn’t seeking any money from anyone. She wasn’t looking to bring a lawsuit,” according to The Sun.
But the agency decided it did not need the woman’s testimony,” Bloom said.
“They said, ‘We have the story, thank you. And we don’t need to bother her,’” Bloom added.
Walker told The Sun: “When I watched the BBC interview and saw Prince Andrew deny knowing Virginia, saying he has no recollection of that night I had to come forward.
She told the outlet that she and a male friend had been dancing while the prince sat with a group in a corner.
“I can remember exactly where they were sitting. They had one of those coolers with ice and a bottle in. In fact, probably two of those. You could tell they were getting special treatment,” Walker said.
“The man I was with went over there and started talking to them and then came back. Then at some point I was dancing with him and stood on the feet of one of the men sitting in the corner and I said, ‘I’m sorry,’” she continued.
“And he was smiling. He said, ‘No problem’. My companion said that the man who I stood on was actually Prince Andrew,” Walker said. “I’d never seen a prince in my life before. I just stood and looked at this man, thinking, ‘Oh my goodness. It’s a real prince.’
“He was smiling a lot, most of the night,” she added. “He looked like he was having a great time. And he was with this young girl who was close to my own age, perhaps even a bit younger than me.
“They were not that alone. They were with the woman who has just been arrested, Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein,” she said. “I will never forget the night because I was told this is a real prince. That’s the moment that stood out for me. I don’t think I would have remembered otherwise.”
Walker said she remembers that Giuffre had an “awkward expression.”
“I do remember the little girl perhaps was a little bit drunk or just had a weird expression, an awkward expression,” she told The Sun. “But she wasn’t smiling, it was the opposite of smiles.”
Giuffre has said that Andrew was “sweating profusely” as they danced – but he told the BBC that was impossible due to a medical condition that makes him unable to perspire.
Walker said she could not be sure if Andrew was sweating, but claims she saw him wipe his face.
“He was using the back of his hand. I don’t know with all honesty if he was wiping it because he was sweating or just touching it,” she said. “But he wiped at his forehead with the back of his hand when he was dancing several times.
Giuffre, now 36, claims she was forced to have sex with the royal at Maxwell’s house in London.
David Boies, Giuffre’s attorney, told The Sun: “The more the evidence comes out, the more confirmation there is that the Epstein survivors are telling the truth, and that the denials and attacks of the Epstein enablers and participants are a smokescreen.”
Buckingham Palace has described Giuffre’s allegations as “false and without any foundation”.
“Any suggestion of impropriety with under-age minors” by Andrew was “categorically untrue,” it added, according to The Sun.
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