Prince Andrew Urged to ‘Take the Oath and Just Tell the Truth’ By the Lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein’s Victims
Prince Andrew is facing calls to come clean about his controversial ties to Jeffrey Epstein. An attorney for one of Epstein’s victims, Gloria Allred, has come forward urging Andrew to “take the oath and just tell the truth” about the sex offender. While Andrew has faced a lot of heat in the sex scandal, his lawyers insist that he is doing everything in his power to cooperate with the investigation.
Is Prince Andrew dodging authorities?
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued what is called a mutual legal assistance (MLA) request to the royal family to get Prince Andrew to testify as a witness in the Epstein case. Geoffrey Berman, an attorney based out of the Southern District of New York, is leading the case.
In light of the request, Andrew’s legal team recently issued a statement assuring royal watchers that he is fully complying with the investigation. But they also suggested that the American attorney has not answered their offer and is using the case as an opportunity to gain publicity.
“The Duke of York has on at least three occasions this year offered his assistance as a witness to the DOJ,” Andrew’s lawyers shared.
Berman immediately fired back and slammed Andrew for seeking to “falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate.” He added that Andrew has “repeatedly declined” their requests for an interview and has told them that that “he would not come in” to talk about Epstein.
“If Prince Andrew is, in fact, serious about cooperating with the ongoing federal investigation, our doors remain open and we await word of when we should expect him,” Berman added.
The US attorney general, William Barr, later clarified that the US will not attempt to extradite Andrew.
Inside the allegations against the Duke of York
It is important to note that the DOJ has insisted that Andrew is not facing any charges at the moment but is an important witness in the case against Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein passed away last summer while in federal custody over charges of sex trafficking and abusing underage girls. Andrew has already acknowledged that he had a friendship with Epstein, though he insists that it was purely a business relationship.
Although Epstein is no longer alive, prosecutors are actively pursuing justice on behalf of his victims. To that end, they are interviewing anyone who had contact with Epstein over the years in a bid to uncover more evidence of his crimes.
That said, Andrew could be more than just a witness. One of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, claims that Epstein forced her to have sex with Andrew back in the early 2000s. There even exists a photo of Virginia posing alongside Andrew, which he claims has been doctored.
Amid the scandal, Andrew stepped back from the royal spotlight a few months ago. Although his lawyers insist that he is cooperating with the investigation, Allred has urged him to come forward and tell the truth about what happened.
Prince Andrew is urged to ‘take the oath and just tell the truth’ about Epstein
In light of Andrew’s apparent unwillingness to testify as a witness in the Epstein case, Allred has officially urged him to “take the oath and just tell the truth.” Allred, of course, represents a handful of Epstein’s victims, all of whom are seeking justice following his death in prison.
According to Express, Allred slammed Andrew for not coming clean about his controversial ties to Epstein. She also revealed that she believes Andrew has “very little credibility” with the public and that most people are suspicious about his connection to Epstein.
“I think that Prince Andrew at this point has very little credibility,” she stated. “And I have a lot of suspicion about what he is saying, through his representatives.”
Allred went on to say that Andrew should be more than willing to come forward with any information that might be useful in the investigation. Instead of making the Americans jump through hoops, he should be transparent because “the victims deserve the truth.”
“Let him step up to the bar of justice, take the oath and just tell the truth,” she added.
Prince Andrew has yet to respond to Allred’s interview. Throughout the past year, Andrew has maintained his innocence in the case against Epstein, though his reluctance to sit down for an interview certainly casts doubt on his history.