Prince Andrew Reportedly Calls Out U.S. Prosecutors For "Seeking Publicity"
Prince Andrew has stepped away from royal duties, but he can't step away from the legal investigation surrounding his connections to Jeffrey Epstein. According to the New York Times, New York City prosecutors have been trying to get Andrew to sit down for an interview for months. Instead of agreeing to do so, the paper reports that the prince will only issue written statements and claimed that the investigators are trying to capitalize on a connection with the royal family.
Back in March, Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan, publicly stated that Andrew had "completely shut the door" on assisting investigators with the case. It was a bold move, the Times stated, and the decision to come forward came two months after Berman claimed that the prince was offering "zero cooperation" with the case.
Today, the prince's legal team announced that they were willing to cooperate with the stipulation that Andrew would only communicate through written statements. New York prosecutors are requesting live interviews.
Andrew's lawyers went on to accuse Berman of deceiving the general public with what they call "inaccurate comments" that "should not have been made." Additionally, the team said that Berman and his team were hoping to gain notoriety and fame via Andrew's name.
"They are perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance proffered," the prince's team wrote.
Berman issued a response. "Today, Prince Andrew yet again sought to falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate with an ongoing federal criminal investigation into sex trafficking and related offenses," a statement read. "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."
Today's conflict comes after British media reported that Berman's team requested an interview with Andrew through the British Home Office. Prosecutors in New York and Washington, D.C., did not confirm to the NY Times whether or not a request was made. The newspaper adds that under "mutual legal assistance," the British government could convince Andrew to sit down for an interview if he continues to refuse Berman's requests.