Prince Andrew sent ‘specific questions’ about rape accuser in 5.50am email

Prince Andrew allegely sent an email asking "specific questions"' about Virginia Giuffre, the sex trafficked 17-year-old who claims he sexually assaulted her.

Following a BBC Panorama investigation, the Duke of York is facing fresh scrutiny over the allegations and about his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The investigation revealed he emailed Epstein's alleged madame Ghislaine Maxwell at 5.50am saying he had "specific questions" about Miss Roberts in 2015.

The email suggests he was asking for Maxwell's help in responding to Miss Roberts claims he had sex with her when she was a sex slave of Epstein.

It comes as an interview on Monday night featured Andrew's accuser, Giuffre calling on the British public to stand up beside her in her fight for justice.

She told BBC Panorama in excruciating detail how the Duke was "the most hideous dancer I've ever seen in my life" and "his sweat was … raining basically everywhere."

"I was just like grossed out from it, but I knew I had to keep him happy because that's what Jeffrey and Ghislaine (Maxwell) would have expected from me," she said in her first UK television interview.

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She claims she was trafficked by the since disgraced financier Epstein and forced to have sex with Andrew when she was a teenager, which the duke strongly denies.

The Panorama investigation broadcast on BBC One on Monday night disclosed five women who allege they were victims of paedophile Epstein are calling on Andrew to give a testimony in their civil court case.

They claim the duke saw people being given massages at Epstein's homes.

The Queen's second son, who stepped down from public duties just over a week ago, insisted in his disastrous Newsnight interview he did not witness or suspect any suspicious behaviour during his visits to Epstein's homes in Florida, New York and the Caribbean

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Panorama claimed it had also uncovered an email allegedly sent by Andrew in 2015 to Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of procuring girls for Epstein.

In it, the Duke is reported to have asked for Ms Maxwell for information on Ms Giuffre.

It was sent at 5.50am in January 3 2015 after Ms Giuffre lodged court papers in the US.

The duke is said to have written: "Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts." Ms Maxwell replies: "Have some info. Call me when you have a moment."

The show also examines the well-known photograph of Andrew pictured with his arm around Ms Giuffre's waist at Ms Maxwell's house.

The Duke has said he had no memory of the photo being taken and questioned whether it was his own hand in the image.

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Ms Giuffre insisted the photo was genuine and said she gave the original to the FBI in 2011.

Freelance photographer Michael Thomas, who first copied the controversial image, also said it was real and he found it in a bundle of 20 photos.

Ms Giuffre said she was left "horrified and ashamed" after her alleged sexual encounter with Andrew,

"There was a bath and it started there and then led into the bedroom," she said.

"It didn't last very long, the whole entire procedure. It was disgusting. He wasn't mean or anything but he got up and he said 'thanks' and walked out.

"I sat there in bed, just horrified and ashamed and felt dirty. I had to get up and have a shower."

Quizzed on accusations of inconsistency, Ms Giuffre said: "One thing that I can tell you is you never forget the face of someone who has heaved over you."

She told Panorama "I implore the people in the UK 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."

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She told Panorama reporter Darragh Macintyre: "He is the most hideous dancer I've ever seen in my life.

"It was horrible and this guy was sweating all over me, his sweat was like it was raining basically everywhere, I was just like grossed out from it, but I knew I had to keep him happy because that's what Jeffrey and Ghislaine would have expected from me."

In his recent Newsnight interview, Andrew claimed he had a medical condition in 2001, after suffering an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War when he was shot at, which meant he did not sweat.

When they had left the club, Ms Giuffre said the socialite Ms Maxwell, Epstein's then-girlfriend, gave her instructions.

"In the car Ghislaine tells me that I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey and that just made me sick," she said.

She said that later that evening she had sex with Andrew upstairs at Maxwell's house in Belgravia.

The Duke has denied meeting Ms Giuffre, saying: "I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever."

Andrew's attempts to defend himself against Ms Giuffre's previous accusations and explain his friendship with Epstein in a BBC Newsnight interview last month were branded a "car crash" and led to him withdrawing from public duties.

He was widely criticised for failing to show remorse for his association with the disgraced financier or empathy with Epstein's victims during his television appearance.

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He has resigned from a large number of patronages and seen organisations he was once involved with sever ties.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said in response to the allegations on Panorama: "It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation."

On the Duke's association with Epstein, the palace spokesman added: "The Duke of York unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein's suicide left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims.

"The Duke deeply sympathises with those affected who want some form of closure. It is his hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives.

"The Duke is willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.

"The Duke has already stated that he did not see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to Jeffrey Epstein's arrest and conviction.

"He deplores the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behaviour."

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