Keswick, England - Prince Andrew said Saturday that "at no stage" during his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein did he "see, witness or suspect" the behavior that led to Epstein's arrest and conviction.
In 2008, Epstein was convicted on - and served jail time for - two charges of felony prostitution. Earlier this month, the disgraced American financier was found dead in a New York jail cell where he had been awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.
In a statement, Andrew said he wanted to "clarify the facts to avoid further speculation" following the intense interest in his association with Epstein.
"At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction," he said.
Andrew's friendship with Epstein has come under renewed scrutiny since court documents were unsealed earlier this month in a related defamation case. In the documents, a minor accused the prince of having sex with her on three occasions and later receiving money from Epstein for those encounters.