Daily US Times, Manhattan: US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said the FBI and prosecutors with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York contacted Prince Andrew’s lawyer to interview him about Jeffrey Epstein, but the price has offered “zero” cooperation.
In November, Andrew said while giving an interview to the BBC that he was “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations if required”. In that interview, the Prince was questioned about his relationship to Epstein and allegations he had sexual encounters with an underage girl.
Attorney Geoffrey Berman held a press conference outside of Epstein’s Manhattan mansion where he said: “It’s fair for people to know whether Prince Andrew has followed through with that public commitment.”
”To date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation”, Berman added.
He said prosecutors are continuing to investigate persons who helped Epstein carry out an alleged multi-year sex trafficking operation of underaged girls but declined to say when any charges might be brought.
Prince Andrew faces allegations stemming his relation with Epstein. The later was died by apparent suicide in August while awaiting trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls and ran a sex-trafficking ring.
One of the accusers is Roberts Giuffre from Virginia who claimed that she was forced into sexual encounters with the prince while she was underage.
Giuffre alleged in a 2015 federal court filing Epstein forced her to perform sex acts with several prominent men, including Prince Andrew in 2001. All of them have denied the allegations.
Andrew denied of meeting Giuffre in a BBC interview where he claimed that the photo of two of them have been doctored.
The Duke of York said he trusted Epstein and acknowledged he had stayed at Epstein’s homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, had been on Epstein’s private plane and visited Epstein’s private island. Andrew also met with Epstein in 2010, two years after the financier pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges and was required to register as a sex offender.
“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein have become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support,” Prince Andrew said.