Lawyer representing Jeffrey Epstein's victims calls for Prince Andrew to 'come forward and help in the cause of justice'
Gloria Allred, the lawyer representing 16 accusers who alleged they were victims of Jeffrey Epstein, has called for Prince Andrew to come forward to give his statement following Ghislaine Maxwell's arrest.
In light of the development that Ms Maxwell has since been charged, Ms Allred appeared on Good Morning Britain and told Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins that the Duke of York needs to provide information to the US Department of Justice.
"He needs to do that without delay. It is so so traumatising and difficult for the victims not to know the truth. Will he or won't he give a statement, if he will, when? More excuses, more delays. It is very painful for many of the victims. It's just not fair," she said.
Prince Andrew has always categorically denied any wrongdoing and a source close to the Duke's working group said in a statement: "The Duke's team remain bewildered given that we have communicated with the Department of Justice in the last month and to date, we have had no response."
Believing that there is a way for Prince Andrew to give his statement in the UK, Ms Allred said: "This idea that somehow he wants to but he's not able to he can do that right there in the UK. I'm sure they would facilitate the interview there. I'm just so tired of the excuses. The victims want the truth. They want the transparency, they want him to tell law enforcement what he knows. I think Prince Andrew has got to take this seriously. He sat for a television interview with the BBC. Why can't he sit and talk to law enforcement?"
"The clock is ticking and Prince Andrew needs to come forward and help in the cause of justice now," she added.
Royal author Nigel Cawthorne also explained that Ms Maxwell's arrest was putting "pressure" on the Duke of York.
"When this goes to trial and if he doesn't turn up and he's required as a witness, then he's lost all credibility. He can't behind the royal cloak forever," he said.