Federal Prosecutors Request Chat With Prince Andrew About Jeffrey Epstein

Netflix’s Filthy Rich docuseries about convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was released in May, and it revived interest in the allegations against him and his circle of wealthy acquaintances.

The four-part documentary is being described as “horrifying,” “infuriating,” and “queasy” by reviewers who also note the series focuses on the survivors’ harrowing accounts. Witnesses and others also participated.

The women—many of whom were children when these incidents occurred—laid out gory details about being trafficked and sexually assaulted by Epstein and those around him. Among people who stayed in his orbit is Prince Andrew, and now US authorities would like a word with him.

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Prince Andrew linked to Epstein scandal after his death

Trouble started resurfacing last year for the British royal after Epstein died in his prison cell in August 2019. The mysterious death spawned a number of theories about Epstein’s powerful associates and spurred interest in his far-reaching case. People still have questions.

One spotlight was cast on Prince Andrew, who admitted to having a friendship with the late billionaire but denied any connections to sex crimes with one of Epstein’s most vocal accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

NBC News reported on the unsealed documents that went public in August 2019 that named Prince Andrew as one of the people who engaged in sexual acts with young girls at Epstein’s residence. The Duke of York later did a BBC interview where he declared his relationship with Epstein was a mistake. In 2020, he pledged to cooperate with US prosecutors.

In the months since, the prince has been relieved of his royal duties and it’s been reported he will step away from royal life indefinitely.

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Prince Andrew implicated in ‘Filthy Rich’

Those who made it through the entire Filthy Rich series note that Prince Andrew’s name was mentioned in several instances of inappropriate behavior. One of Epstein’s former employees (Steve Skully) claimed he saw the prince touching a topless young woman poolside—that person was later identified as Giuffre.

An old photo of him with Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell that’s made the rounds online was also included in the documentary. Prince Andrew was said to be a guest at Epstein’s “pedophile island” and some of his other properties around the world.

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What federal prosecutors want with Prince Andrew

It’s unclear whether the documentary or the social media frenzy caused by Anonymous reignited investigators’ interest in Epstein’s ring of friends. According to NBC News, US federal prosecutors submitted a formal request to British officials in June to speak with Prince Andrew about Epstein.

The outlet reported that prosecutors used the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty to set up an interview. The treaty was created between the UK and US to allow for international cooperation in criminal investigations. Investigators want to speak with Prince Andrew about Epstein’s criminal activities and sex trafficking. He is not being investigated himself.

Per the prince’s attorneys, the US is seeking his voluntary cooperation, but they’ve also implied that the Department of Justice refused his assistance in the past. Both sides are blaming the other for Prince Andrew’s lack of participation, but US prosecutors hope to schedule an interview soon.

How to get help: In the U.S., call the RAINN National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

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