Ruler Andrew: Bawls for royal to say sorry and speak to FBI
Lawyers for Epsteins scapegoats say they were almost completely ignored in interview
Prince Andrew is facing a transatlantic reaction over his extraordinary defence of his affection with Jeffrey Epstein after solicitors who represent 10 of the billionaire predator’s victims branded the royal unrepentant and implausible and asked that he speak to the FBI.
After the royal’s defiant Newsnight interview on Saturday provoked a disbelieving reaction from the public and the media, the lord was under thriving push from critics in the UK and US on Sunday who required an defense for his conduct and said that his defence of his actions was simply not credible.
Gloria Allred, who has worked on countless high-profile sexual harassment cases and is now representing five of Epstein’s victims, told the Guardian:” The right and illustrious activity for Prince Andrew to take now is for him to voluntary to be interviewed by the FBI and prosecutors for the southern district of New York[ who are continuing to investigate sex-trafficking allegations against Epstein despite his death in prison in August ].
” Prince Andrew has decided to enter the court of public opinion with this interview and people can decide whether to believe him or not. The most important part of this is the victims and very little was said about them in this interview. They were almost completely dismissed .”
Los Angeles-based lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents another five preys, told the Guardian that Andrew’s intervention fell far short of intention questions over his relationship with Epstein.
” Prince Andrew’s interview was deeply disappointing ,” Bloom- who is Allred’s daughter- told the Guardian.” He is entitled to deny allegations and defend themselves. But where is his apology for being so closely associated with one of history’s most prolific paedophiles ?”
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* Former royal press officers and PR experts described his appearance as “excruciating” and “arrogant”.
* It emerged that a key PR adviser brought in to help salvage Andrew’s reputation got left after simply weeks in the number of jobs and merely a fortnight before the interrogation was broadcast after he admonished the prince against it.
* The Guardian learned that after filming of the interrogation concluded, Andrew had been pleased enough with how it had gone that he leaved the Newsnight team a tour of Buckingham Palace.
* The students’ league at Huddersfield University, where Andrew is chancellor, unanimously backed a motion requiring that he be removed from the post.
* Beginnings in the prince’s private role was pointed out that he stood by the interview and believed he had dealt with the issues with” franknes and humility “.
The two advocates’ involvements resembled poles on the Twitter account of Giuffre( formerly Roberts ), who has claimed that Epstein and his “fixer” Ghislaine Maxwell action her to have sex with Andrew when she was 17- charges Andrew has always vehemently denied.
While she has not directly commented on the weekend’s shows, she retweeted several meanings that were scathing of Andrew’s claims.
During the interrogation, the lord repeatedly said he had no recollection of ever satisfying Giuffre or having his word-painting taken with her, despite the existence of an image of them together that has been widely circulated.
Elsewhere, he said he would recollect if he had had sex with her, because it is a” positive behave” for a male, and disavowed he had.
Meanwhile, her lawyer, Jack Sarcola, was indicated that talking to the media” didn’t cut it” and that Andrew should return an interview under oath.
Allred said her purchasers had willingly spoke with investigators but she worsened, under attorney-client privilege, to say if any had mentioned Prince Andrew.
She lent:” Prince Andrew said he would follow the advice of his advocates, but if he has nothing to hide, and he has committed no crime, why doesn’t he only make the decision to share what he does know about Mr Epstein, his close associates and employees with the FBI? Why does he need a advocate to tell him to do that ?”
Bloom- who has battled to regain her credibility as a sexual harassment lawyer after she worked with Harvey Weinstein- pointed out that Andrew had said he did not regret his friendship with Epstein” because of the people he met “.
Saying that some explanations were” simply not plausible”, she included:” The interminable interview needed any statement that he meets all decent parties in being appalled and revolted by what we now know about Jeffrey Epstein’s predatory action .”
The scathing US verdict on the interrogation came as the lord faced further analysi in the UK. Former Buckingham Palace press officer Dickie Arbiter told the BBC” any sensible-thinking person in the PR business would have thrown their hands up in fright “.
He said that the interrogation was ” not so much a vehicle disintegrate but an articulated lorry crash “.
Meanwhile, the enterprises and benevolences were under ripening push to review their links to the prince and his tar @palace initiative for entrepreneurs, which stagecoaches events at Buckingham Palace and around the world.
Barclays, KMPG, Standard Chartered and the Stelios Foundation are all listed as partners of Pitch @Palace, which relations tech entrepreneurs to people who can help their business.
” Anyone associated with organisations with Andrew’s patronages should at least evaluate their involvement ,” said Catherine Mayer, a imperial biographer who is also president and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party( WEP ).
” In the case of the MeToo movement, the men who were identified acted not with any sincere repentance but by seeking to portray themselves as casualties themselves. In doing so they always erase the victims .”
In the kindnes sphere, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children( NSPCC) took the step on Twitter of repeatedly responding to questions about “dropping” the lord as a patron by pointing out that his persona as patron of its Full Stopcampaign, which sought to draw attention to child abuse as a question, ended in 2009.
Members of the students’ uniting at the University of Huddersfield will on Monday discuss pushing for him to renounce as chancellor after there was unanimous support for a motion stating that they” should not be represented by a boy with ties to organised child sexual exploitation and assault “.
The university itself issued a statement pointing to the prince’s previous dismissal and lauding him for taking a keen interest in its work and describing his” devotion for invention and entrepreneurship” as” a natural fit “.