Federal prosecutors are seeking an interview with Prince Andrew as part of their Jeffrey Epstein investigation, but they’re apparently having a hard time. Prince Andrew had promised in November that he would comply with law enforcement.
Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Monday that federal prosecutors and the FBI are seeking an interview with Prince Andrew as they continue to investigate Epstein’s co-conspirators. According to Berman, though, Andrew has provided “zero cooperation,” The New York Times reports.
“The Southern District of New York and the FBI have contacted Prince Andrew’s attorneys and requested to interview Prince Andrew and to date Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, told media on Monday.
“He publicly offered, indeed in a press release, to cooperate with law enforcement investigating the crimes committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his co-conspirators.”
In November last year, Prince Andrew stepped back from public duties “for the foreseeable future” over the “disruption” of his association with the late Epstein.
“I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein,” Prince Andrew said in a statement.
“Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”
But Berman, speaking outside Epstein’s former Manhattan mansion, said the Duke of York is not doing what he promised.
Prince Andrew has faced increasing scrutiny over his friendship with the convicted sex offender, who was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell in August last year while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. A medical examiner concluded that he had died of suicide by hanging.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre has claimed Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17, which he has denied.
But during an interview with BBC two months ago, Prince Andrew claimed Giuffre’s account was false because she described him as sweating on a dance floor. He said he was unable to sweat at the time.
“There’s a slight problem with the sweating because I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I didn’t sweat at the time,” Andrew told the BBC. “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.”
“I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required,” Prince Andrew said in an interview with BBC which was roundly mocked for the defense.
But according to Berman, Prince Andrew has provided “zero cooperation,”
As prosecutors seek Prince Andrew’s cooperation, Berman emphasized Monday, per The Associated Press, “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.”