ABC News denied its own anchor's claim that Buckingham Palace threatened the network over Epstein 'a million different ways'

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ABC News has denied its anchor's claim that Buckingham Palace shut down her 2015 exposé of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

In a leaked video, Amy Robach is seen discussing how the network didn't air her interview with Virginia Roberts, who accused Epstein of forcing her to have sex with Prince Andrew back in 2001.

"I've had the story for three years. I've had this interview with Virginia Roberts. We would not put it on the air," she said in the video.

"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."

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"We were so afraid that we wouldn't be able to interview Kate and Will, that also squashed the story," she added, in reference to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

"She [Roberts] was in hiding for 12 years, we convinced her to come out. We convinced her to talk to us. It was unbelievable what we had, Clinton [Bill], we had everything."

ABC News has since denied that Buckingham Palace had anything to do with their decision not to run the story.

"A spokesperson for ABC News strongly denied pressure or complaints from representatives for the Palace had anything to do with why the interview didn't air," a network representative told Insider.

"At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story," they added. "Ever since we've had a team on this investigation and substantial resources dedicated to it. That work has led to a two-hour documentary and 6-part podcast that will air in the new year."

Anchor Amy Robach has also spoken out since the video went viral, however, she failed to fully address her allegations against Buckingham Palace in her statement.

"As a journalist, as the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I was caught in a private moment of frustration," she said.

"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.

"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. 

"The interview itself, while I was disappointed it didn't air, didn't meet our standards. 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," she added.

When approached by Insider for comment, a Buckingham Palace official said that "this is a matter for ABC."

Prince Andrew has previously denied his involvement with Epstein, and in a previous statement from the palace said he was "appalled" by the reports.

"The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes," the statement said.

"His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behavior is abhorrent."

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