The lawyer of dozens of alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein said that Prince Andrew “deliberately circumvents the authorities” who invited him to provide a statement on the financier’s abuse.
Brad Edwards represents 55 women who claim to have been raped since convicted pedophile who killed himself in jail last year and believes that the real has information that will help them.
In an interview with Cordelia Lynch of Sky News, Edwards said he personally invited Prince Andrew “at least three times” to share what he knows, but “completely refuses”.
Thursday, the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell appeared in court on charges of attracting underage girls so that they can be sexually raped by Epstein.
Maxwell is accused of having a “critical role” in helping his ex-boyfriend identify and manage his victims.
The Duke of York has been stuck in a long battle with law enforcement agencies in the United States over his willingness to answer questions about his former friend.
Andrew was even accused of attempting to “falsely portray the public as eager and willing to cooperate,” and is said to have “completely closed the door to voluntary cooperation” by Geoffrey Berman, an American prosecutor leading the Epstein investigation into last month.
A source close to the Duke’s legal working group told Sky News: “The Duke of York has offered his assistance to investigating the Justice Department on several occasions this year.
“In addition, the team has proactively contacted the DoJ twice in the past month and received no response. That’s why we are completely baffled by the DoJ’s approach. However, a request from a commercial law firm is not and is not it will never be the same as an official judicial process. “
And in an interview with LBC on Friday morning, Boris Johnson said U.S. authorities have not taken any official approach to talking to Prince Andrew about his ties to Epstein.
Edwards told Sky News that his clients are angry about allegations that the duke has collaborated with prosecutors and that he is “baffled” by reports that have not been.
“His amazement is a subsidiary of my amazement – because he has been personally invited to provide all the information he has known for more than a decade.
“I know personally, for over a decade we have asked him to come and provide all the information he has. I think I have personally invited at least three times to tell us what he knows and has simply refused.”
The attorney added: “There are clients who are familiar with the fact that he was around and, you know, are familiar with the evidence. They know he was on the flight records. They know he was in Ghislaine’s apartment with Virginia Roberts. .
“They know there are difficult questions he should answer, especially if there is any defense for his actions then. These are things he should be, you know, kind of possessing. The fact that he is is not very frustrating for the victims. .
“There is no doubt that he is deliberately circumventing the authorities. I mean, much clearer – when you have ever heard a United States attorney at a press conference say: we are inviting you to come. And he is still – he is not on a the plane is coming right now. You know, there’s no doubt they want to talk to him. “
Andrew’s public life was left shattered after Newsnight’s disastrous interview about his friendship with Epstein, which saw him accused of showing little empathy for the financier’s victims.
In the aftermath of the program, the duke retired from royal duties but became the center of the US authorities who wanted to question him about the financier, who killed himself in his prison cell pending trial for sex trafficking.
Edwards said his clients are “extremely relieved” that Maxwell has been accused and that they are all willing to testify in court.