Prince Andrew is “puzzled” by the claims of the New York prosecution that they would appreciate his statement in the sex trafficking case in which his friend, the billionaire Jefrrey Epstein, was accused, according to sources close to the son of the Queen isabel II.
According to these sources, quoted by local media, “the Duke of York’s team remains puzzled, given that it has contacted the Justice Department (DOJ) twice in the past month and has received no response to date” .
After the arrest of the British “socialite” Ghislaine Maxwell on Thursday for allegedly “helping” the deceased Epstein to “sexually exploit and abuse multiple” girls between 1994 and 1997, the acting prosecutor for the District of New York, Audrey Strauss, He stated that it would be very useful to have the testimony of Prince Andrés, a close friend of the detainee.
Strauss said “the doors are still open” and that she would be delighted to “hear the statements” by the Duke of York, one of the high society figures Maxwell allegedly introduced to Epstein.
US attorney Gloria Allred, who represents some of Epstein’s alleged victims, said Friday that Prince Andrew is “avoiding and evading” the United States authorities, by failing to provide a statement after the Maxwell indictment.
“The question is, Prince Andrew, when are you going to tell what you know? You must do it, you need to do it without delay. It is very traumatic and difficult for the victims not to know the truth and this is a type of torture test that the prince Andrés is submitting to the victims on whether or not he will give a statement, if he will, when? It just isn’t fair, “Allred told the British ITV network.
In an interview with the BBC in November last year, Prince Andrew denied “categorically” the allegations of the American Virginia Giuffre, who maintains that she was coerced by Epstein to have sexual relations with the member of British royalty when she was 17 years.
After the commotion caused by this interview, the Duke of York announced that he was leaving public life, although he has always maintained that he never “saw or suspected” any of the criminal activities of the American magnate, who was accused of child sex trafficking and was found hanged. in his cell in August 2019. EFE
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