Britain's Prince Andrew arrives for Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot. File picture: Toby Melville/Reuters
Britain's Prince Andrew arrives for Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot. File picture: Toby Melville/Reuters

'US prosecutors are seeking publicity': Prince Andrew's lawyers hit back over Epstein inquiry

By Reuters Time of article published Jun 8, 2020

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London - Lawyers for Britain's Prince Andrew on Monday hit back at claims the royal was not cooperating with US prosecutors investigating the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, suggesting they were seeking publicity rather than his help.

US investigators want to interview Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's second son, about his friendship with Epstein, who was found dead in prison last year while awaiting charges of trafficking minors.

"The Duke of York has on at least three occasions this year offered his assistance as a witness to the DOJ (Department of Justice)," Andrew's lawyers Blackfords said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, the DOJ has reacted to the first two offers by breaching their own confidentiality rules and claiming that the Duke has offered zero cooperation. In doing so, they are perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance proffered," the statement said. 

A report released by Harvard University last month found that billionaire financier and convicted sex pest Jeffrey Epstein visited its campus more than 40 times after his 2008 sex crimes conviction and was given his own office. Epstein was found unresponsive in a New York jail cell on August 10, 2019, and was pronounced dead in a hospital that day. File picture: New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP
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