A hot microphone recorded ABC News anchor Amy Robach complaining that her network killed a story that would have detailed numerous allegations of sexual assault against Jeffery Epstein.
“It was unbelievable what we had. [Bill] 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,” Robach said in audio released by Project Veritas.
She said that ABC didn’t care about Epstein and that when word leaked that her story included allegations against Prince Andrew, officials from the Royal Family started threatening the network.
“We would not put it on the air. Um, first of all, I was told, who’s Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story,” Robach said on the recording. “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 we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate and Will that we, that also quashed the story.”
After the recording was leaked, Robach issued a statement confirming the accuracy of the audio. She said she was referring to an interview she did with one of Epstein’s accusers three years ago. She explained that she was voicing her frustrations and that the story was shut down because it didn’t “meet ABC’s editorial standards.”
“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 [Epstein accuser] Virginia Roberts didn’t air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC’s editorial standards about her allegations,” Robach said in a statement.
ABC News also issued a statement, saying that at the time of the interview, they didn’t have enough corroborating evidence to back up Roberts’ 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 six-part podcast that will air in the new year.”