Prosecutors Formally Request To Speak With Prince Andrew In Epstein Probe
Prosecutors have formally requested to speak with Prince Andrew regarding the criminal investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s history of sexual abuse, according to NBC News.
- The request from federal prosecutors in New York was made through the British government under a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), which is similar to a subpoena.
- Geoffrey Berman, a U.S. attorney, suggested the move was possible in March when he said that he was considering legal action after Prince Andrew’s representatives denied a interview, saying:
"Contrary to Prince Andrew's very public offer to cooperate with our investigation into Epstein's co-conspirators, an offer that was conveyed via press release, Prince Andrew has now completely shut the door on voluntary cooperation."
- The MLAT comes after federal investigators have been attempting for months to speak to the Prince, who has been accused by one woman of sexual abuse. A source close to Prince Andrew’s legal team commented on the matter, saying that all legal discussions were subject to strict confidentiality:
"We have chosen to abide by both the letter and the spirit of these rules, which is why we have made no comment about anything related to the DOJ during the course of this year. We believe in playing straight bat."
Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in August while awaiting trial related to accusations that the financier was running an underage sex trafficking ring.
- The investigation, which prosecutors committed to continuing even after Epstein’s death, brought attention to multiple high-profile figures in Epstein’s circles, including the Prince.
- Andrew has denied allegations that he had a sexual relationship with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims that she was trafficked by Epstein at age 17 and instructed to have sex with the Prince.