Britain’s Prince Andrew has provided “zero cooperation” with American prosecutors and the FBI who want to interview him as part of their sex trafficking probe into Jeffrey Epstein, a U.S. prosecutor said Monday.
Speaking at a news conference outside Epstein’s New York mansion, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said prosecutors and the FBI had contacted Andrew’s lawyers and asked to interview him, Breitbart reports.
“To date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation,” Berman said.
The Associated Press has asked Buckingham Palace for comment.
Andrew, has kept a low profile in the wake of scandal over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and a woman’s claim that she had several sexual encounters with the prince, starting when she was 17. Following enormous public criticism last year, and a disturbing BBC television interview Prince Andrew voluntarily resigned from his royal duties.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre says that after meeting him in Florida in 2000, Epstein flew her around the world and pressured her into having sex with numerous older men, including Prince Andrew.
All of those men have denied the allegations. Epstein killed himself in his jail cell last summer while he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Giuffre has said she had sex with Andrew three times, including once in London in 2001 at the home of Epstein’s girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.
A photo has since been released with court documents and appears to show Virginia Giuffre with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell at Prince Andrew’s London home.
Andrew and Maxwell have both denied any knowledge that Epstein was sexually abusing teenage girls. In the BBC TV interview last fall, Andrew insisted he was out having pizza with his children on the night Giuffre says they were together in London.
Andrew also stated he has “no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”
Giuffre maintained in court filings that she remembered the prince “sweating all over me” on a London dance floor. Andrew, denied the claim and during the interview said that he cannot sweat as a consequence of a war injury.
“I have a peculiar medical condition,” Andrew told the BBC’s Emily Maitlis. “Which is that I don’t sweat, or I didn’t sweat at the time … because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War when I was shot at.”
“And I simply — it was, it was almost impossible for me to sweat,” added Andrew.
U.S. 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.
Andrew has said publicly he would willingly cooperate with an investigation.
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.
Berman reiterated that the case didn’t end with Epstein’s 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.