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A lawyer representing some of the women seeking justice after allegedly being sexually abused by the late millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein (and his staff) has urged Epstein's former friend Prince Andrew to be "a man" and to talk to the police.
The queen was involved in the scandal for the first time when a key whistleblower in the case, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, said she had sex with the prince when she was a minor and together produced a photo of the couple at Epstein's former girlfriend. Ex-partner Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI yesterday and charged with six crimes. Attention is now focused on other high-profile names involved in the case.
Legal representative Spencer Kuvin told BBC Radio 4 Today about the matter: "I think Prince Andrew certainly has a story to tell. On behalf of the victims, he has constantly asked him to step forward, rise, be a man and tell us what he knows. "
“He not only hid behind the royal family, but also from his lawyers. Regardless of his position, we hope on behalf of the victims that he steps forward and talks about what he saw, at least when he visited the (Epstein) mansion in New York, when he visited the house at Palm Beach, and when we did know that he visited the Virgin Islands mansion. "
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Another lawyer acting on behalf of the alleged victim, Gloria Allred, has repeated these views (according to an Evening Standard report), stating that the Duke of York is effectively "testing" the victims of Epstein by "what "He is silent". She added that he "avoided and avoided" the judicial authorities by not making a statement.
All of this is contrary to what Prince Andrew himself said on the subject – he not only emphatically disputed the claims that he slept with an underage girl, but also refuted stories that he had not worked with the police.
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"Far from the fact that our client acts above the law, as implied by press conferences in the United States, he is treated to a lower standard than would be reasonably expected of any other citizen," the king's legal team said in one Explanation. They added that he had offered to speak to them at least three times.
Yesterday, acting SDNY prosecutor Audrey Strauss said at a press conference announcing Ghislaine Maxwell's arrest that they would "welcome" a statement by Andrew.
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