Prince Andrew has provided ‘zero co-operation’ with the FBI and American prosecutors for their inquiry into Jeffrey Epstein, according to the lawyer in charge of the investigation. Buckingham Palace said the prince’s legal team was dealing with the issue, but US attorney Geoffrey Berman has said there’s been no responses or action from their side. He has requested that the prince, who was long-time friends with the convicted sex offender, agree to an interview.
This comes after the Duke of York took part in a disastrous trainwreck of an interview with the BBC, wherein he said he did not regret his friendship with the pedophile because it had ‘some seriously beneficial outcomes.’ During his sit-down with Emily Maitlis, he also claimed that he couldn’t sweat, that he had gone to visit and stay at Epstein’s home in 2010 to break off his friendship with him, and that the infamous photograph of him with Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who has also accused him of sexual abuse, may have been photoshopped. He denies any form of sexual misconduct and claims he does not remember meeting Giuffre.
Lisa Bloom, who is representing some of Epstein’s accusers, said that they were ‘outraged’ by Andrew’s refusal to co-operate with the investigation. In an interview with the BBC, she said:
I’m glad that Geoffrey Berman has gone public to try to embarrass Prince Andrew, who made one statement and then behind closed doors is doing something very different. The five Epstein victims who I represent are outraged and disappointed at Prince Andrew’s behavior here.’
Gloria Allred, another lawyer representing some of Epstein’s accusers, said that ‘no response is the same as zero co-operation’ and that he ‘as a moral obligation to volunteer to speak to law enforcement - that’s what he said he would do.’ Sadly, don’t expect Prince Andrew to be a semi-decent human being on this matter unless he is legally forced to do so.
While he is currently sitting out royal duties, because of that whole being an accused sex offender and all that, the York household is clearly still trying to spin a few wheels. I mean, just f**king look at this!
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