NEW YORK (AP/WCJB)-- ABC News is responding to a controversial leaked video today.
On that video from this August, reporter Amy Robach vents about the network's decision not to air a 2015 interview with one of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers.
The video was released by Project Veritas, a group that seeks to expose liberal bias in media. They say the video came from an "ABC insider" they're not naming.
Now Robach is coming to the defense of her employer, saying she was upset that her interview didn't air when she was recorded. She says the allegations in the interview couldn't be confirmed and didn't meet ABC's reporting standards. The network echoed that statement and cites an upcoming ABC documentary and podcast series as proof that they never stopped working the Jeffrey Epstein story.
Amy Robach Statement:
"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. "
ABC News Statement:
"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 a 6-part podcast that will air in the new year."