Law enforcement officials have issues with persons of interest all the time. It’s not often that this happens with someone like the son of Queen Elizabeth II. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman called out Prince Andrew in a press conference on Monday for not responding to interview requests regarding deceased sexual abuser and accused child sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
Federal prosecutors and the FBI have asked to interview Prince Andrew about Jeffrey Epstein but despite his public offer to cooperate he has not responded, US Attorney Geoff Berman said pic.twitter.com/GxufRQLjBH
— Aaron Katersky (@AaronKatersky) January 27, 2020
Authorities are still investigating Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators in the sex trafficking scheme. Berman held the press conference outside of Epstein’s infamous Manhattan mansion.
Standing outside Epstein’s E71 St mansion Berman said Prince Andrew, despite his public offer of cooperation, has so far provided zero cooperation. The FBI has reached out to the prince’s lawyers to no avail so far. (2/2)
— Kaitlyn Folmer (@KaitlynFolmer) January 27, 2020
Authorities say Epstein hung himself while in lockup at a Manhattan federal jail over pending sex trafficking charges. The scope of his alleged crimes, his connections to the rich and powerful global elite, and the nature of his injuries fueled conspiracy theories he might have been murdered.
Andrew, the Duke of York, was one of Epstein’s rich and powerful friends. Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of the women allegedly abused and sex-trafficked by Epstein, said the ultra-wealthy financier gave her to the prince for sex. The prince denied the allegation, but an infamous interview with the BBC didn’t help him in the public eye. Andrew said he ended his friendship with Epstein in 2010, a couple of years after the financier was sentenced in Florida state court on two counts for soliciting prostitution from a minor.
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