– With AAP.
1. Prince Andrew has “provided zero co-operation” to the Jeffrey Epstein investigation.
Prince Andrew has “provided zero co-operation” to the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking inquiry, according to a US prosecutor.
US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, who is overseeing the Epstein investigation, says Andrew’s lawyers have been contacted by prosecutors and the FBI, asking to interview Queen Elizabeth’s second son as part of the investigation.
“To date, Prince Andrew has provided zero co-operation,” Berman told a news conference outside Epstein’s New York mansion on Monday.
It comes after Prince Andrew told the BBC in a sit-down interview during November that he is “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency”.
Following that interview, which was widely considered disastrous, Prince Andrew stepped down from royal duties.
If you missed Prince Andrew’s interview, here’s a snippet. Post continues below.
After the interview, the Duke of York was accused of lacking empathy for Epstein’s victims and of failing to show regret over his friendship with the disgraced financier.
Epstein allegedly took his own life in a New York jail cell in August 2019, where he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Virginia Roberts-Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by Epstein, told the BBC she was left “horrified and ashamed” after an alleged sexual encounter with Andrew in London in 2001.
She said she danced with Andrew in a nightclub, adding he was “the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life” and “his sweat was … raining basically everywhere”.
Prince Andrew denied the allegations that he had intercourse with Virginia Roberts-Giuffre when she was 17 years old in 2001. He claimed he was at Pizza Express in Woking on the night of the alleged incident, meaning he couldn’t have slept with the teenager that night.
Berman was speaking at an event to promote a new law that makes it easier for victims to sue over childhood abuse.
Before being asked about Prince Andrew, Berman confirmed the investigation was looking at possible “conspirators” who worked with Epstein.