the lawyer of several alleged victims wants to hear Prince Andrew

"We think no one is above the law," Lisa Bloom said Thursday. The day before, the second son of the queen had said "ready to help" on the investigations.

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In September 2019, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in Bruges, Belgium. JOHN THYS / AFP

"We do not think anyone is above the law. " The lawyer of five alleged Jeffrey Epstein victims, Lisa Bloom, announced Thursday, November 21, his intention to hear the British prince Andrew on his past ties with the US financier. The latter is accused of having sexually exploited girls under 18 years of age. "Anyone should answer questions if they have relevant information. And he (Prince Andrew) clearly has relevant information », said Mme Bloom, at BBC Radio 4.

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The night before Prince Andrew, second son of Queen Elizabeth II, mired in a controversy over this case, announced "Put an end to public commitments" and thought " ready to help " on the investigations. "We know that Prince Andrew has had many contacts with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell (accused by several victims of having "recruited" them) and we think that anyone who has had a lot of interaction with them should talk not only to law enforcement, but also to the lawyers of victims, people like me "she continued.

She called "The staff working for Prince Andrew to provide information and evidence", such as e-mails, calendars and travel diaries.

"No empathy for the victims"

In his statement, Prince Andrew, who had been reproached for his lack of regret for his friendship with Mr. Epstein, said "To regret unequivocally (his) misguided association " with the American and "Deeply sympathize with all those affected" by the case.

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Counsel pointed out the difference between this press release, "That he was probably helped to write", and his interview broadcast Saturday on the BBC, "Where for almost an hour he showed no empathy for the victims" and "Completely lacked credibility in his answers".

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The disgrace of the Duke of York was once again on the front page of British newspapers on Thursday. "Sorry Mom", headlined Daily Mirror by publishing a photo of the prince in a car after an interview with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, according to the tabloid. For the Daily Mailhe became the "Pariah" of the British royal family, while the other newspapers referred to his " shame " and his humiliation after the announcement of his withdrawal from public life.


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