THE furious father of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex slave says Prince Andrew “knows the truth” and “has to live with it.”
Virginia Roberts, who now uses the surname Giuffre, claimed in 2015 court documents that she slept with the Duke of York when she was 17 in 2001.
While Andrew has always strongly denied her claims, an infamous photograph showing him grinning with his arms around the alleged victim’s bare midriff has come to define the scandal.
Mr Roberts, who once worked at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, said the Prince “has to live” with appearing in the photo.
The dad admitted he didn’t know exactly what had happened – but said Andrew, 59, knows the truth.
He said: “I don’t know the full facts about Prince Andrew, as far as did he think she was 18 at the time.
“She probably looked 18 but she wasn’t.
“I don’t really know what he did but I guess he was trying to date my daughter.
“He knows the truth and has to live with what has happened.”
Buckingham Palace said previously: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.
“It is emphatically denied that the Duke had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.
“Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
The claims involving Andrew were struck from the record in 2015 by a US judge who deemed them “immaterial”.
Virginia alleges she was “lent out” to the sex beast’s influential pals when she was just 17.
Fuming Mr Roberts, 63, said that the world is a “better place” without Epstein – who was found hanged in his New York jail cell on Saturday aged 66.
The retired engineer, from Summerville in Florida, added: “Jeffrey is evil and got what was coming to him.
“He is not a good guy. It is an evil thing for a man to do that to a woman.”
The notorious snap featuring Andrew and Virginia was taken in the townhouse of Brit socialite Ghislaine Maxwell – who can also be seen smirking in the background.
Maxwell, 57, the daughter of the late publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, has been accused of being Epstein’s “madam” in charge of procuring young girls for him.
She denied the claims and has gone into hiding since Epstein was arrested and charged with sex trafficking last month.
But Mr Roberts said she deserves to share the blame for what happened to his daughter – who he had believed was hired as Epstein’s masseuse after being spotted by Maxwell working at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
He added: “Maxwell, she is really to blame too. She was the only one who came to the club and met these young girls.
“The authorities need to hunt her down and she needs to face justice. Maxwell knows it all. She is the key to finding everything out.”
Maxwell was also pictured with a girl appearing to be Virginia at Naomi Campbell’s glitzy birthday party in St Tropez.
The disturbing snaps, unearthed yesterday, show a young blonde teenage girl being paraded at the glam French Riviera bash in 2001.
The girl can even be seen wearing the same style of cropped white top and multicoloured trousers worn by Roberts in her infamous photo with Prince Andrew.
A grey-haired man – believed to be Epstein – is also pictured in blue standing next to the girl with a sweatshirt thrown over his shoulders.
The photos were taken on May 19, 2001 – two months after Ms Giuffre claims she was flown to London and met Prince Andrew.
Representatives for Campbell denied she was close friends with Epstein – and said that he had only been invited to her birthday party by her then boyfriend, Flavio Briatore.
There is no suggestion the supermodel or her guests knew who Ms Roberts was – nor had any knowledge of Epstein’s behaviour.
There are reports that Maxwell has offered to help the FBI trafficking probe – which US Attorney General Bill Barr has vowed will continue despite Epstein’s death.
Barr said yesterday: “This case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein.
“Any co-conspirators should not rest easy.
“The victims deserve justice and they will get it.”
Epstein’s death – which has fuelled conspiracy theories and prompted a US Justice Department probe – came a day after the release of 2,000 damning court documents.
They tied Epstein to the world’s rich and famous – including 301 British associates listed in his “little black book” of contacts found by the FBI.
When I met with Epstein I had no idea what he would end up doing. He came across as a nice guy. If I had known differently, I would never have let her work there
Mr Roberts revealed that he met Epstein before allowing his daughter to work for him – and admitted he was fooled by his “normal guy” appearance.
Telling how he didn’t spot the billionaire’s vile intentions – which he didn’t find out about until years later – he said: “I think he was even in jeans when I met him.
“I thought it was a job where she was just going to learn massage therapy. That is what she told me.
“I did not know it was going to be all this other stuff which eventually happened.”
Mr Roberts added: “When I met with Epstein I had no idea what he would end up doing.
“He came across as a nice guy. If I had known differently, I would never have let her work there.
“Sex trafficking with young girls, you never want that to happen to your own daughter.
“If I had met him after I found out what had really occurred, I would have punched his lights out. I’d probably beat him real good but I would not have killed him.”
His daughter Virginia, 35, is now a mum-of-two who lives in Australia with her husband and children.
Timeline of the allegations against Jeffrey Epstein
THE allegations against Epstein go back to the 2000s.
2005 – Parents of a 14-year-old girl told police in Florida that Epstein had molested their daughter at his Palm Beach home. A police search of the property found photos of girls throughout the house.
2006 – He is charged with multiple counts of unlawful sexual acts with a minor.
2007 – Epstein’s lawyers put together a plea deal for Epstein, who was the 54.
He agreed to plead guilty to two felony prostitution charges in state court,
In exchange, he and his accomplices received immunity from federal sex-trafficking charges that could have sent him to prison for life.
2008 – Appears in court to plead guilty on two lesser counts and sentenced to a 18 months in jail and was released early in 2009
July 2019 – Arrested charges of child sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
Prosecutors accused him in a grand jury indictment of paying dozens of girls as young as 14 to engage in sex acts with him at his New York and Florida properties from 2002 to 2005.
Pleaded not guilty and could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
More than a dozen women have now come forward with more sex abuse allegations.
August 2019 – Hundreds of pages of court documents were unsealed alleging new details of sexual abuse claims against Epstein and several associates.
August 10 2019 – The twisted tycoon dies after apparently hanging himself in his prison cell.
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