A clubber who claims she saw the Duke of York dancing with his accuser at a London nightclub can only identify the year, rather than the specific date, her lawyer has revealed.
Shukri Walker gave a written statement to the FBI, describing how she saw Prince Andrew with Virginia Roberts Giuffre at Tramp, an exclusive club in Mayfair. She has also indicated that she is willing to testify against him in his civil case.
Ms Walker, then 28, remembers the night as she had to apologise to the Duke for stepping on his foot.
“He looked like he was having a great time,” she said. “And he was with this young girl who was close to my own age, perhaps even a bit younger than me.”
However, her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, admitted that she was unsure of the date.
“She doesn’t remember the exact date,” she told The Telegraph. “She does remember the year but most importantly, as it was the only time in her life she’s seen a royal in person, she remembers seeing Prince Andrew as it made a big impression on her.”
Virginia Roberts Giuffre speaks during an interview on the BBC's Panorama program. She claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke when she was 17 in London, at Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan townhouse and on Epstein's Caribbean island, claims the Duke has vehemently denied.
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Ms Giuffre, now 38, claims she was trafficked to London by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein before being forced to have sex with the Duke on March 10, 2001, when they got home from the club.
She has accused him of sexually assaulting her on three separate occasions, in London, at Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse, and on his Caribbean island, and has sued him for undisclosed damages.
The Duke, 61, has insisted he has “no recollection” of meeting her.
He told the BBC’s Newsnight that he could not have been in Tramp that evening as he had taken his daughter, Princess Beatrice, to a party at Pizza Express in Woking, which he remembered “distinctly” as it was an unusual place for him to go.
Friends have pointed out that the Duke visited Tramp nightclub “a lot” at the time and there are photographs of him at a party there three days later, on March 13, 2001.
On that occasion, he attended a 40th birthday party for Guy Sangster, the son of the racing tycoon Robert Sangster, alongside his former wife, the Duchess of York. The Duke was pictured in Tatler magazine, talking to Fiona Sangster, wife of Guy Sangster.
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Ms Walker contacted Ms Bloom, a Los Angeles-based lawyer representing five victims of Epstein, after she saw the Duke’s Newsnight interview in November 2019. She was with a friend who has corroborated her version of events.
The Duke has until Oct 29 to respond to the lawsuit.
Judge Lewis Kaplan on Tuesday gave both parties until Oct 22 to submit a proposed schedule, including plans for the discovery process and depositions. He scheduled a remote hearing for Nov 3.
A friend of the Duke’s said: “Shukri Walker seems to be in a minority of one in her recollections.
“Tramp nightclub, which does not have either a back or side entrance, was a popular celebrity hang-out and had paparazzi staked outside of its doors every night of the week. It is worth noting that not a single image of the Duke either arriving or leaving Tramps on the weekend in question has ever emerged.”