A prominent US news presenter has been caught on camera venting how her TV network allegedly blocked her from reporting on Jeffrey Epstein due to pressure from Buckingham Palace.
The video, leaked by US right-wing activist and disinformation group Project Veritas, shows ABC News anchor Amy Robach upset after ABC allegedly refused to publish her story on convicted sex offender Epstein in 2015.
As part of her story she had interviewed Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts), who claims she was forced to sleep with UK royal Prince Andrew while she was kept as Epstein's sex slave. The prince has vehemently denied the allegations, calling them "false" and "without foundation".
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"The Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways," Robach said in the candid video, which appeared to have been shot in her studio while waiting for her show.
"We were so afraid we wouldn't be able to interview Kate and Will... that also quashed the story."
"It was unbelievable what we had. Clinton - we had everything. I tried for three years to get it on to no avail and now it's all coming out and it's like these new revelations. And I freaking had all of it. I'm so pissed right now."
Epstein was found dead inside his prison cell in August while waiting for his trial. His death was ruled death by suicide, however it's sparked numerous conspiracy theories - including that the Clinton family had him killed before he could reveal their activities.
In the video, Robach also said she was confident that Epstein had been murdered.
"Do I think he was killed? Hundred percent, yes, I do," she says. "He made his whole living blackmailing people. There were a lot of men on those planes. A lot of men who visited that island. A lot of powerful men who came into that apartment."
Roberts herself responded to the video as well tweeting: "It's infuriating that we could have put an end to Epstein's abuse years ago - but I wasn't believed. I am sick of BS media 'scrambling around' for more evidence. It's there in black and white. If this was a murder case you would have all the evidence needed."
ABC said the story was pulled as it didn't meet its brpadcasting standards, however it had continued to cover allegations against Epstein.
"At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story," the news provider said. "Ever since we've had a team on this investigation and substantial resources dedicated to it."
Robach has also walked back her statement, saying she was "caught in a private moment of frustration".
"I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts didn't air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC's editorial standards about her allegations," she said.
"My comments about Prince Andrew and her allegation that she had seen Bill Clinton on Epstein's private island were in reference to what Virginia Roberts said in that interview in 2015. I was referencing her allegations - not what ABC News had verified through our reporting."