Amy Robach Walks Back Leaked Video Claiming ABC ‘Quashed’ Jeffrey Epstein Story: ‘I Was Upset’
The 20/20 co-anchor has since released a statement saying the comments were made in “a private moment of frustration”
Amy Robach has spoken out about her controversial hot-mic moment about convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
On Tuesday morning, a right-wing activist group, Project Veritas, leaked a video of the 20/20 co-anchor venting her frustrations with ABC for allegedly not publishing her story on Epstein in 2015.
Robach had interviewed Virginia Giuffre, one of the women who accused the late Epstein and Prince Andrew of sexual misconduct. And in the video, the journalist appeared to claim that the network refused to air her story due to pressure from Buckingham Palace.
Both ABC and Robach released statements to PEOPLE denying this.
“As a journalist, as the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I was caught in a private moment of frustration,” Robach, 46, said in a statement. “I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts [Giuffre] 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 [Giuffre] said in that interview in 2015,” she added. “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.”