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Jeffrey Epstein: ABC stopped report ‘amid Palace threats’

Leaked footage shows a US TV anchor complaining that editors "quashed" a story about paedophile Jeffrey Epstein due to pressure from the Royal Family.

ABC's Amy Robach is seen in the clip griping that her interview with an alleged victim of Epstein and Prince Andrew never made it to air.

"The Palace found out," she says, "and threatened us a million different ways."

Epstein was found dead in a jail cell while awaiting trial for sex crimes.

The death of the wealthy financier last August was ruled a suicide by investigators.

In the video, Ms Robach vents frustration that her 2015 interview with Virginia Giuffre – formerly Virginia Roberts – was never broadcast.

The clip was leaked on Tuesday by Project Veritas, a group that seeks to expose perceived liberal bias in the mainstream media.

Ms Giuffre, 35, alleges she was abused by Epstein and was ordered to have sex with powerful men including Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.

In court documents she said she was forced to have sex with the British royal on three separate occasions while she was under the legal age of consent.

Prince Andrew has denied having "any form of sexual contact or relationship" with Ms Giuffre.

What does the video show?

"I've had this story for three years. I've had this interview with Virginia Roberts," says Ms Robach, speaking to someone off-camera.

"We would not put it on the air. First of all, I was told, 'who's Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story.'

"Then the Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways.

"We were so afraid that we wouldn't be able to interview Kate and Will.

"That also quashed the story," the host of ABC's 20/20 programme added.

In a statement to BBC News a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said "this is a matter for ABC".

She also says that the interview included allegations against former US President Bill Clinton.

"We had everything," she continues. "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."

How have ABC responded?

In a statement after the footage leaked ABC stood by its decision not to air the interview, saying the reporting did not meet its standards.

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