"I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with [Epstein accuser] Virginia Roberts [Giuffre] didn't air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC's editorial standards about her allegations", Robach said in a statement provided to Fox News. Robach made her remarks late in August while sitting in a Times Square studio with a microphone but not on the air. She explained that she was voicing her frustrations and that the story was shut down because it didn't "meet ABC's editorial standards".
The allegations are reminiscent of the Harvey Weinstein scandal which NBC allegedly covered up for decades possibly due to his knowledge of the allegations against Matt Lauer, some of which was ultimately uncovered by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow.
When New York's former chief medical examiner, Dr. Michael Baden, last month that Epstein's wounds were more consistent with "homicidal strangulation" than suicide, the mystery was revived again, and the internet was flooded with "Epstein didn't kill himself" memes and comments.
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The video was leaked by right-wing organization Project Veritas. Of course, we know now that when the story came out three years later, it was huge. The prince and Epstein both denied the charges. Um, first of all, I was told, who's Jeffrey Epstein? "This is a stupid story". "And then (attorney and legal commentator) Alan Dershowitz was also implicated, 'cause of the planes". She suggested that the network feared that airing the interview would hurt its ability to get interviews with Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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Giuffre first outlined her allegations against Epstein anonymously in a lawsuit filed in 2009, and she did her first on-the-record interviews about them with the Daily Mail in 2011.
She also says that Roberts' interview included allegations involving former President Bill Clinton.
"She told me everything, she had pictures, she had everything", Robach recalls. Any men who are connected to Epstein deny any knowledge of his relations and business with underage girls, despite the women who came forward to accuse them. Of Epstein's recent death while in prison, she said, "Do I think he was killed?"
According to National Review, "Roberts has alleged that she was forced to perform sex acts on Prince Andrew ... when she was seventeen".
"The interview itself, while I was disappointed it didn't air, didn't meet our standards", Robach said Tuesday. "In the years since no one ever told me or the team to stop reporting on Jeffrey Epstein, and we have continued to aggressively pursue this important story". "That work has led to a two-hour documentary and six-part podcast that will air in the new year", read the statement.