Earlier, US-based prosecutor Geoffrey Berman accused the Queen’s second son of providing “zero cooperation” with the FBI investigation into the alleged misdoings of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his associates. Prince Andrew has also been accused of sexually abusing one of the financier’s victims, something he has vehemently denied.
Prince Andrew ignored at least three written requests to be legally interviewed about his unfortunate association with Jeffrey Epstein in relation to sex trafficking charges, says David Boies, an attorney and chairman of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner, which represents more than a dozen victims of the deceased financier, according to the Daily Mail.
According to the lawyer, the duke “has not been prepared to co-operate” so far, which echoes an earlier statement from US prosecutor Geoffrey Berman, who stipulated that the royal provided “zero-cooperation” in relation to ongoing criminal probe into Epstein’s sexual offences.
AP Photo / Bebeto MatthewsIn this Aug. 27, 2019, photo, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, center, who says she was trafficked by sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, holds a news conference outside a Manhattan court where sexual assault claimants invited by a judge addressed a hearing following Epstein’s jailhouse death in New York
Prince Andrew’s spokesman declined to provide comments on the duke’s alleged non-cooperation. However, the royal has earlier hired General Augusto Pinochet’s ex-lawyer and leading expert on extradition law Clare Montgomery to fight the FBI inquiry into his association with Epstein.
So far, the Duke of York has dismissed all the accusations from Virginia Roberts Giuffre about any potential sexual encounters that have allegedly taken place between them in 2001, when she was only 17-years old. Roberts Giuffre insists that she was trafficked into the acts by Epstein and his associate Ghislaine Maxwell, however Prince Andrew argued during his “car crash” interview to BBC in November that he had “no recollection of ever meeting” the woman.