Victims' lawyer: Prince Andrew must talk to US prosecutors

  • FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, Britain's Prince Andrew, puts on his glasses prior to his speech to business leaders during a reception at the sideline of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Britain's Prince Andrew said Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019, that he is stepping back from public duties with the queen's permission, saying that recent disclosures regarding his association with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have become a 'śmajor distraction'ť to the royal family's work.

    FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, Britain's Prince Andrew, puts on his glasses prior to his speech to business leaders during a reception at the sideline of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Britain's Prince Andrew said Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019, that he is stepping back from public duties with the queen's permission, saying that recent disclosures regarding his association with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have become a 'śmajor distraction'ť to the royal family's work. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Britain's Prince Andrew listens as he sits at the top of the table with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and various political leaders during a business breakfast meeting at Buckingham Palace in London.  Britain's Prince Andrew said Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019, that he is stepping back from public duties with the queen's permission, saying that recent disclosures regarding his association with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have become a 'śmajor distraction'ť to the royal family's work.

    FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Britain's Prince Andrew listens as he sits at the top of the table with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and various political leaders during a business breakfast meeting at Buckingham Palace in London. Britain's Prince Andrew said Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019, that he is stepping back from public duties with the queen's permission, saying that recent disclosures regarding his association with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have become a 'śmajor distraction'ť to the royal family's work. Associated Press

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives at the Royal institute of International Affairs in Chatham House, London, Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019. Britain's Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II is stepping down from royal duties and said in a statement Wednesday that it has become clear to him in recent days that his association with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has become a 'śmajor distraction'ť to the royal family's charitable work. (Eddie Mulholland, Pool via AP)

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives at the Royal institute of International Affairs in Chatham House, London, Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019. Britain's Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II is stepping down from royal duties and said in a statement Wednesday that it has become clear to him in recent days that his association with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has become a 'śmajor distraction'ť to the royal family's charitable work. (Eddie Mulholland, Pool via AP) Associated Press

  • Britain's Prince Andrew leaves his home in Windsor, England, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. A lawyer for the victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein says Britain's Prince Andrew should speak to U.S. investigators immediately about what he knew of the convicted pedophile. U.S. attorney Gloria Allred says Andrew should contact American authorities 'świthout conditions and without delay." Andrew has announced he was pulling out of public duties 'śfor the foreseeable future'ť amid a firestorm of criticism over his friendship with Epstein. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

    Britain's Prince Andrew leaves his home in Windsor, England, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. A lawyer for the victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein says Britain's Prince Andrew should speak to U.S. investigators immediately about what he knew of the convicted pedophile. U.S. attorney Gloria Allred says Andrew should contact American authorities 'świthout conditions and without delay." Andrew has announced he was pulling out of public duties 'śfor the foreseeable future'ť amid a firestorm of criticism over his friendship with Epstein. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP) Associated Press

  • Britain's Prince Andrew leaves his home in Windsor, England, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. A lawyer for the victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein says Britain's Prince Andrew should speak to U.S. investigators immediately about what he knew of the convicted pedophile. U.S. attorney Gloria Allred says Andrew should contact American authorities 'świthout conditions and without delay." Andrew has announced he was pulling out of public duties 'śfor the foreseeable future'ť amid a firestorm of criticism over his friendship with Epstein. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

    Britain's Prince Andrew leaves his home in Windsor, England, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. A lawyer for the victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein says Britain's Prince Andrew should speak to U.S. investigators immediately about what he knew of the convicted pedophile. U.S. attorney Gloria Allred says Andrew should contact American authorities 'świthout conditions and without delay." Andrew has announced he was pulling out of public duties 'śfor the foreseeable future'ť amid a firestorm of criticism over his friendship with Epstein. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP) Associated Press

  • A combination photo of the front-pages of British newspapers on Thursday Nov. 21, 2019 headlining the scandal surrounding Britain's Prince Andrew. Lawyers for victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein say Britain's Prince Andrew should speak to U.S. investigators immediately, after the prince withdrew from royal duties over what he called his "ill-judged association" with the convicted pedophile.

    A combination photo of the front-pages of British newspapers on Thursday Nov. 21, 2019 headlining the scandal surrounding Britain's Prince Andrew. Lawyers for victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein say Britain's Prince Andrew should speak to U.S. investigators immediately, after the prince withdrew from royal duties over what he called his "ill-judged association" with the convicted pedophile. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 11/21/2019 8:46 AM

LONDON -- Lawyers for the victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein say Prince Andrew should speak to U.S. investigators immediately, after the senior British royal withdrew from public duties over what he called his 'śill-judged association'ť with the convicted pedophile.

U.S. attorney Gloria Allred said Andrew should contact American authorities 'świthout conditions and without delay."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Andrew announced Wednesday that he was pulling out of public duties 'śfor the foreseeable future'ť amid a firestorm of criticism over his friendship with Epstein. In a statement, he said he was "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required."

Allred said the 59-year-old prince needed to be clearer.

"Is he insisting that he be served with a subpoena to testify, or is he willing to speak to law enforcement without being legally required to do so?'ť she asked on the BBC.

It is not clear if U.S. authorities are investigating Andrew for any possible wrongdoing. Many of the court papers related to the Epstein case are still sealed and unavailable to the public.

Lisa Bloom, Allred's daughter and another lawyer for Epstein's victims, tweeted that Andrew 'śand his staff must cooperate with all investigations, show up for civil depositions and trials, and produce all documents."

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Businesses, charities and educational institutions affiliated with Andrew's charitable work quickly began distancing themselves from him this week after he gave an ill-judged interview with the BBC on Saturday night justifying his long friendship with Epstein.

The financier died on Aug. 10 while in jail on sex-trafficking charges. His death was ruled a suicide by New York's medical examiner.

In the interview, Andrew denied having sex with a woman who says she was trafficked by the billionaire financier and forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17.

But the prince failed to express any sympathy for Epstein's victims. And he defended his previous friendship with the billionaire investor because of the contacts it provided when he was preparing for a role as Britain's special trade representative.

He eventually resigned that unpaid position in part because of revelations about his relationship with Epstein.

The scandal has bloomed into the biggest challenge for Britain's monarchy since the 1997 death of Princess Diana, when Queen Elizabeth II was accused of appearing aloof and out of touch amid an outpouring of national mourning for the popular royal with the common touch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Andrew's decision to withdraw from public life - unprecedented for a royal in recent decades - came after he consulted his mother, the 93-year-old monarch.

Andrew is the queen's third child and second son. His older brother, Prince Charles, is heir to the throne but Andrew is eighth in line, after Charles' sons and grandchildren.

On the official royal website, Andrew was listed as a patron or involved in dozens of charitable roles that will now be eliminated as he begins a new phase without royal duties.

Despite Andrew's announcement on Wednesday, there are still many unanswered questions about his future status.

Elizabeth has not commented on his troubles and as not expected to make any public statement.

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