NEW YORK (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Andrew has declined to cooperate with a U.S. investigation into attainable co-conspirators of deceased financier and accused intercourse trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, a U.S. prosecutor mentioned on Monday.
“Opposite to Prince Andrew’s very public supply to cooperate with our investigation into Epstein’s co-conspirators, a proposal that was conveyed through press launch, Prince Andrew has now fully shut the door on voluntary cooperation and our workplace is contemplating its choices,” U.S. Legal professional Geoffrey Berman mentioned when requested about Epstein at a information convention about an unrelated case.
Berman’s spokesman James Margolin declined touch upon the choices being thought-about. He mentioned the prince’s attorneys had mentioned Andrew wouldn’t submit voluntarily to an interview. He mentioned this was after Jan. 27, when Berman instructed a information convention Andrew had not supplied any cooperation.
Andrew, 60, had mentioned in a public assertion in November that he was stepping down from public duties and can be prepared to assist “any acceptable regulation enforcement company with their investigations, if required.”
A good friend of Epstein’s, the prince has not been accused of legal wrongdoing. He has described his affiliation with the financier as “ill-judged.” A spokeswoman for the royal household declined remark.
Clare Montgomery, a senior London barrister who British information studies say represents Andrew on issues associated to Epstein, additionally declined to remark, citing skilled guidelines limiting her capacity to talk publicly about authorized points.
Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, has denied an accusation by a lady who mentioned she was trafficked by Epstein and compelled to have intercourse together with his pals, together with the prince, when she was 17.
A U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation probe is specializing in British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime affiliate of Epstein’s, and others who facilitated the rich financier’s alleged trafficking of underage women, regulation enforcement sources instructed Reuters in December.
Epstein had socialized with the prince and different high-profile figures together with U.S. President Donald Trump and former president Invoice Clinton.
Epstein’s suicide in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Heart in August, at age 66, occurred little over a month after he was arrested and charged with trafficking dozens of underage women as younger as 14 from not less than 2002 to 2005. Prosecutors mentioned he recruited women to offer him massages, which turned sexual in nature. Epstein had pleaded not responsible.
Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York and Mark Hosenball in Washington; Enhancing by Noeleen Walder and Howard Goller
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