After Prince Andrew’s “car crash” interview on BBC Newsnight regarding the allegations against him he has faced increasing pressure to explain everything he knew about Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex slave operation. BBC’s Panorama Investigation has discovered that lawyers for five of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims want Prince Andrew to provide testimony in their court cases. The five women, who are suing Epstein’s estate, said the Prince witnessed how people were given massages at the sexual predator’s home.
Pre-trial witness subpoenas have been prepared for all five cases and could be served on Prince Andrew if he returns to the United States.
The subpoenas would have to be signed off by a judge once the Prince was on US soil. He would then be able to challenge the subpoena in court if he didn’t want to give evidence.
Prince Andrew says that he did not see, witness or suspect any suspicious behaviour during his visits to Mr Epstein’s homes in Florida, New York and the Caribbean.
But the lawyer who represents the five women says the Duke of York could have important information about Epstein’s sex trafficking operation.
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David Boies told Panorama: “One of the things that we have tried is to interview Prince Andrew and to try to get what his explanation is.
“He was a frequent visitor. They ought to submit to an interview. They ought to talk about it.”
Lawyers for the victims have written twice to the Prince requesting an interview, but have yet to receive a response.
Prince Andrew declined to answer Panorama’s questions but provided a statement to the programme through Buckingham Palace’s Royal Communications.
It said: “The Duke of York unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.
“Epstein’s suicide left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims.
“The Duke deeply sympathises with those affected who want some form of closure.”
The statement continued: “It is his hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives.
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“The Duke is willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations if required.
“The Duke has already stated that he did not see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest and conviction. He deplores the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behaviour.”
Prince Andrew also rejected accusations by one of Epstein’s alleged victims Virginia Giuffre, nee Roberts.
The Palace said: “It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
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