London, United Kingdom:
Prince Andrew is “bewildered” by claims he’s not cooperating with the US investigation into the alleged intercourse trafficking of minors by British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, his authorized crew mentioned Friday.
The daughter of the late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell is believed to have launched Andrew to Epstein — a convicted paedophile — and US authorities need to communicate to the prince about their relationship.
Maxwell was arrested and charged by US authorities on Thursday after spending months dwelling in seclusion.
Epstein dedicated suicide in jail whereas awaiting trial final yr and Queen Elizabeth II’s second son give up his royal duties after he defended his relationship with him.
He has since confronted claims from US prosecutors that he’s working shy of giving his model of occasions.
“The duke’s team remains bewildered given that we have twice communicated with the DOJ in the last month and to date we have had no response,” an unnamed supply on his authorized crew was quoted as saying by the Press Association information company.
Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss advised reporters on Thursday they’d “welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk with us”.
“We would like to have the benefit of his statement,” she added.
The 60-year-old Duke of York vehemently denies claims he had intercourse with a 17-year-old lady procured by Epstein.
Pictures of him posing together with his arm across the lady’s waist pressured Andrew to offer a disastrous TV interview to the BBC that was rapidly adopted by his standing down from all Royal duties in November.
A lawyer who represents a few of Epstein’s alleged victims advised British tv on Friday that the prince was “avoiding and evading” the US authorities.
“More excuses, more delays, it really is painful for many of the victims. It’s just not fair,” lawyer Gloria Allred advised ITV.
Another lawyer representing the alleged victims mentioned Andrew’s royal connections have been serving to him keep away from dealing with justice.
“He has been hiding behind not only the royal family but his attorneys,” lawyer Spencer Coogan advised BBC radio.
A US legal professional for the Southern District of New York mentioned final month that Andrew had “repeatedly declined our request to schedule” an interview.
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