ABC bosses are battling to deal with the fallout from comments made by “Good Morning America” reporter Amy Robach, who was caught on a hot mic claiming network brass scrapped her interview with a Jeffrey Epstein accuser to appease the royal family.
The “GMA” reporter could be heard complaining that she spent three years trying to get the interview with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleges she was forced to sleep with Prince Andrew while she was kept as Epstein’s sex slave, on air.
ABC news chiefs swiftly moved on Tuesday to have Robach issue a statement, in which she backtracked on her initial claims.
The anchor said she was “caught in a moment of private frustration” on the video, which was released by the conservative website Project Veritas Sunday and believed to have been taped this July.
In her statement, Robach said she was “disappointed” that her interview with Giuffre, taped in 2015, did not run as it failed to meet ABC’s reporting standards, while insisting that she had never been told to stop reporting on the Epstein scandal.
ABC sources told Page Six Tuesday there was “zero truth” that the interview was held to court favor with the royals, and particularly, as Robach said on camera, to get an interview with Prince William and wife Kate Middleton.
An ABC source said: “A lot of broadcasters can probably empathize. We do have to run everything past standards and practices and there are times when interviews can’t air.
“We needed time to corroborate details, and we were unable to verify a lot of Virginia’s claims.”
This does not, however, answer why ABC did not run the interview at any time after 2015. Giuffre has now made her claims to a variety of media outlets.
In September, she sat down for an exclusive with “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie on rival NBC, alleging that she had sex with Prince Andrew aged 17.
The royal, a former pal of Epstein, has vehemently denied the allegations, calling them “false” and “without foundation”.
“He denies that it ever happened, and he’s going to keep denying that it even happened — but he knows the truth and I know the truth,” Giuffre told Guthrie, adding that the prince was “an abuser, he was a participant.”
In June, The Post reported that ABC news president James Goldston sat at President Trump’s table alongside Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at a glitzy dinner in London.
Trump and first lady Melania threw the dinner at US Ambassador Woody Johnson’s residence to reciprocate for a lavish state banquet at Buckingham Palace hosted by the queen.
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Source: Page Six