Prince Andrew has found himself in hot water this week after a lawyer representing dozens of victims of the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein accused him of “deliberately evading authorities.”
Brad Edwards, who is representing 55 women victimized by Epstein, just said that he believes Andrew has information that could help his clients.
He told Sky News that he has personally invited the royal “at least three times” to provide information but that Andrew “flat out refuses.”
A source close to Andrew, however, disagreed with this claim.
“The Duke of York has offered his assistance to the Department of Justice investigation on a number of occasions this year,” said a source close to the prince’s legal team.
“In addition, the working group have proactively contacted the DoJ twice in the last month and have received no response. That is why we remain utterly bewildered by the DoJ’s approach. However, a request from a commercial law firm is not and never will be the same as an official judicial process.”
Edwards fired back by saying that the women he is representing are furious about the claims that Andrew has been cooperating and is “bewildered” over reports that he has not been.
“His bewilderment is subsidiary to my bewilderment because he’s been personally invited to provide all the information he knows for more than a decade,” Edwards said.
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“I know personally, for over a decade we have been asking him to come and provide all of the information that he has. I think I’ve personally invited at least three times to tell us what he knows and he just flat out refuses.”
“There’s clients who are familiar with the fact that he was around and, you know, they’re familiar with the evidence. They know that he was on the flight logs. They know that he was in Ghislaine’s apartment with Virginia Roberts,” Edwards added, referring to Epstein’s alleged “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giufffre.
“They know that there are hard questions that he should be answering, especially if there’s any bit of a defense for his own actions then. These are things that he should be, you know, kind of owning up to. The fact that he is not is very frustrating to the victims,” the lawyer continued.
“There’s no doubt that he’s deliberately evading authorities. I mean, how much more clear — when have you ever heard a US Attorney’s Office at a press conference say: we’re inviting you to come over.”
“And he’s still — he’s not on a plane right now coming over. You know, there’s no doubt that they want to talk to him,” he concluded.
This comes after the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, who was Epstein’s alleged madam. It’s been reported that she is cooperating with the FBI and is ready to name names, which could spell doom for Andrew.
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