Prince Andrew is Refusing to Cooperate in Epstein Child Sex Trafficking Probe
US prosecutor says Duke of York has provided 'zero co-operation' over Jeffrey Epstein
Britain's Prince Andrew has provided "zero cooperation" with the Jeffrey Epstein child sex trafficking investigation, a US prosecutor has revealed.
Manhattan's top federal prosecutor, Geoffrey Berman, says his team - as well as the FBI - have contacted the British prince's lawyers, requesting to interview him, but he has refused to cooperate.
"To date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation," Berman told reporters while speaking at a news conference outside deceased pedophile Epstein's New York mansion.
In November, Prince Andrew said he was willing to assist US officials with their inquiries into convicted sex offender Epstein and his associates.
"Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required," Andrew said in a statement shortly after being grilled on his friendship the disgraced financier in a disastrous TV interview.
In the same statement, the Queen's second-born son announced he was withdrawing from royal duties amid renewed attention of his friendship with the convicted child rapist and claims from Epstein's alleged former child "sex slave" that she was raped by the prince on three separate occasions.
Virginia Roberts, now Virginia Giuffre, says that after meeting her in Florida in 2000 when she was just 15, Epstein took her as his "sex slave" and pressured her into having sex with numerous older men, including Andrew, two senior US politicians, a noted academic, wealthy financiers, and other powerful elites.
All of those accused have denied the allegations, according to the Daily Mail.
Giuffre has said she had sex with Andrew three times at Epstein's request, including once in London in 2001 at the home of Epstein's girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Andrew and Maxwell have both denied any knowledge that Epstein was sexually abusing teenage girls.
In the November TV interview with BBC, Andrew maintained that he does not recall meeting Giuffre.
He insisted he did not spend time with her at Tramp Nightclub in London on March 10, 2001, after which she claims she was forced to have sex with the prince.
The duke denied he slept with her on three separate occasions, saying the encounter in 2001 did not happen as he had taken his daughter, Princess Beatrice, to Pizza Express in Woking - roughly one hour from London - for a party, and they spent the rest of the day together.
A photograph apparently showing Andrew with his arm around then 17-year-old Roberts, now Giuffre, that evening and with Epstein's alleged child procurer Ghislaine Maxwell standing in the background, has been widely published.
Supporters of Andrew, however, have disputed its authenticity.
US Attorney General William Barr has vowed to aggressively investigate and bring charges against anyone who may have helped Epstein, who killed himself in his jail cell last summer while he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Berman made his remarks about the case during a joint appearance with members of Safe Horizon, a nonprofit victim services agency, to discuss a new New York law that made it easier for people to sue over childhood sexual abuse.
He wouldn't discuss the Epstein investigation in detail but reiterated that the case didn't end with his death.
"Jeffrey Epstein couldn't have done what he did without the assistance of others, and I can assure you that the investigation is moving forward," he said.
Two guards who were supposed to be monitoring Epstein the night he was found dead have been charged with falsifying the jail's logbooks to indicate they were performing checks on prisoners when they were actually sleeping or browsing the internet.