Prince Andrew, Duke of York leaves the headquarters of Crossrail at Canary Wharf on March 7, 2011 in London, England. Prince Andrew is beneath expanding stress following a series of harmful revelations about him surfaced, together with criticism more than his friendship with convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, an American financier.

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Lawyers for Britain’s Prince Andrew on Monday denied claims he has refused to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors in a probe of Jeffrey Epstein, his dead intercourse prison close friend. 

Information reports discovered that these prosecutors have formally asked for via the United Kingdom an job interview with Queen Elizabeth II’s 2nd son.

Andrew’s legal professionals issued a statement declaring that the Duke of York has three situations so much this yr available to help the U.S. Department of Justice with its ongoing investigation of the wealthy investor Epstein’s alleged intercourse trafficking and serial abuse of underage women.

That contradicts statements by Geoffrey Berman, the major federal prosecutor in Manhattan, who has explained a number of occasions that Andrew has not cooperated as promised with investigators in their probe of Epstein, who killed himself final calendar year whilst awaiting demo on sex trafficking expenses.

Andrew’s attorneys, Clare Montgomery and Stephen Ferguson, reported that Justice Section officials had supplied them “unequivocal assurance” that their discussions with investigators would stay confidential.

But they suggested that Berman’s public statements on the situation had been “in search of publicity instead than accepting the assistance proffered.”

And lawyers explained that Andrew has been informed by the DOJ that he is not, nor at any time was, a “concentrate on” of the legal probe.

“Far from our consumer performing over the legislation, as has been implied by press briefings in the U.S., he is becoming handled by a decrease common than could moderately be expected for any other citizen,” Andrew’s attorneys said.

Earlier Monday, NBC Information described that Berman’s office environment experienced formally sought by means of the British authorities to concern Andrew in the probe, which is eyeing attainable conspirators of Epstein, who was also a previous friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.

That request was made underneath a Mutual Authorized Assistance Treaty.

Andrew’s lawyers reported, “Any pursuit of an application for mutual lawful help would be disappointing, because the Duke of York is not a target of the DOJ investigation and has lately repeated his willingness to give a witness assertion.”

“It is hoped that this third supply has not been the bring about of the most new leak about the Duke of York,” the legal professionals explained.

Spokesmen for the Justice Office and the Berman’s business office did not instantly react to a ask for for remark Monday.

Epstein, 66, pleaded guilty to Florida condition crimes in 2008 that provided soliciting sexual intercourse from an underage girl, and served 13 months in a Florida jail, albeit considerably of that time no cost on do the job launch.

Last summertime, Epstein was billed and arrested on federal child sexual intercourse trafficking rates, right after Berman’s business accused him of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls at his high-class properties on the Higher East Side, and in Florida.

He hanged himself in a Manhattan federal jail last August.

Andrew socialized for several years with Epstein, a multi-millionaire who had an obsession with young ladies and underage ladies.

The duke, who was a pal of Epstein’s previous girlfriend and alleged procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell, experienced been accused by 1 of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, of owning intercourse with her following she was instructed to do so by Maxwell at age 17.

Andrew statements he does not don’t forget ever meeting Giuffre despite a photograph displaying him grinning though posting with her as he held the then-girl’s waistline. Maxwell is viewed in the history of that picture.

Months right after Epstein’s dying, Andrew sparked outrage with a disastrous interview with the BBC about his romantic relationship with Epstein.

In the job interview, Andrew denied acquiring intercourse with Giuffre and stated he was as incapable of perspiring, as Giuffre described him carrying out when they were dancing at a London nightclub.

In the exact interview, Andrew justified his choice to keep at Epstein’s household for 4 days during a 2010 take a look at to end their friendship by stating it was “a handy spot to stay.”

Following  backlash to his interview, Andrew declared that he was stepping back from his formal community duties “for the foreseeable long run.”

Andrew’s legal professionals, in their statement Monday, mentioned that when they have refrained from commenting on the case in the past, “in view of misleading media briefings, we owe it to our consumer to difficulty this
clarifying assertion.”

“As the general public report implies the [Department of Justice] has been actively investigating Mr. Epstein and other targets for more than 16 years, however the to start with time they asked for the Duke’s assistance was on 2 January 2020,” the attorneys said.

“Importantly, the DOJ advised us that the Duke is not and has by no means been a ‘target’ of their legal investigations into Epstein and that they sought his private, voluntary cooperation,” the legal professionals stated.

“In the study course of these conversations, we questioned the DOJ to confirm that our co-operation and any interview arrangements would continue being confidential, in accordance with the ordinary rules that utilize to voluntary co-operation with the DOJ. We ended up presented an unequivocal assurance that our conversations and the interview procedure would continue to be confidential.”

“The Duke of York has on at least a few instances this calendar year provided his guidance as a witness to the DOJ. Sadly, the DOJ has reacted to the first two presents by breaching their own confidentiality policies and declaring that the Duke has presented zero cooperation,” the statement claimed.

“In carrying out so so, they are perhaps searching for publicity instead than accepting the assistance proffered. On 27th January 2020, Mr. Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, selected to make a community assertion about the Duke. This led to around the world media reports that there had been ‘a wall of silence’ and that there had been ‘zero co-operation’ by the Duke. These statements had been inaccurate, and they need to not have been made,” it additional.

“On 9th March 2020, Mr. Berman made further public statements expressing that the Duke had 
‘completely shut the door’ on cooperating with the U.S. investigation and that they are now ‘considering’ even more selections. Again, the first statement was inaccurate and ought to not have been made.”

The assertion went on to say, “It is a subject of regret that the DOJ has viewed healthy to breach its own principles of confidentiality,  not least as they are made to persuade witness cooperation. Far from our consumer acting previously mentioned the legislation, as has been implied by press briefings in the U.S., he is staying handled by a decreased normal than may moderately be anticipated for any other citizen,” the attorneys included.

“Additional, those similar breaches of confidentiality by the DOJ have offered the worldwide media – and, hence the around the globe audience – an solely misleading account of our conversations with them.”

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