ABC News anchor Amy Robach said off the air in August that ABC News killed her story on Jeffrey Epstein three years ago.
Robach claimed that Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre had evidence that implicated former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew in the Epstein pedophile scandal.
According to Robach, Buckingham Palace pressured ABC News to kill the story or ABC News would not be allowed to interview Kate Middleton and Prince William.
NPR reported that ABC News chose not to air an interview with Giuffre on her allegations back in 2015. Giuffre told NPR that she was never given an explanation why her story was killed:
I really wanted a spotlight shone on him and the others who acted with him and enabled his vile and shameless conduct against young girls and young women.
I viewed the ABC interview as a potential game-changer. Appearing on ABC with its wide viewership would have been the first time for me to speak out against the government for basically looking the other way and to describe the anger and betrayal victims felt.
ABC News released a statement regarding Robach’s claims:
At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story. 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.
Robach also released a statement that contradicted her claims in August:
As a journalist, as the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I 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.
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.