Andrew, officially the Duke of York, has repeatedly rejected all accusations leveled against him in connection to the Epstein case.
“I deplore the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behavior,” Andrew said in a statement released Saturday.
In the statement, Andrew said he met Jeffrey Epstein in 1999 and “saw him infrequently and probably no more than only once or twice a year.” Andrew also said that he stayed at “a number of his (Epstein’s) residences.”
“At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction,” Andrew said.
Andrew added that it was a “mistake and an error” to see Epstein in 2010, two years after the financier first pleaded guilty to sex crimes.
“I can only reiterate my regret that I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person,” Andrew said.
In 2015, Giuffre said in a federal court filing
that she was forced to have sex with the prince while underage. “I knew he was a member of the British Royal Family, but I just called him ‘Andy,'” she said in her first sworn statement to the court.
Buckingham Palace rejected the claim, issuing a statement which said, “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York [Andrew] had any form of sexual contact or relationship” with the woman. “Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
Shortly after that, Andrew addressed the allegation
before a crowd at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, expressing his wish to “reiterate and to reaffirm the statements which have already been made on my behalf by Buckingham Palace.