Ruler Andrew: Asks for royal to say sorry and speak to FBI
Lawyers for Epsteins preys say they were almost completely dismissed in interview
Prince Andrew is facing a transatlantic backlash over his extraordinary defence of his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein after solicitors who represent 10 of the billionaire predator’s victims labelled the imperial unrepentant and implausible and necessitated that he speak to the FBI.
After the royal’s defiant Newsnight interrogation on Saturday triggered a disbelieving action from the public and the media, the ruler was under ripening push from reviewers in the UK and US on Sunday who necessitated an confession for his conduct and said that his defence of his actions was simply not credible.
Gloria Allred, who has worked on innumerable high-profile sexual harassment cases and is now representing five of Epstein’s victims, told the Guardian:” The right and honourable action 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 charges 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 discounted .”
Los Angeles-based lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents another five casualties, told the Guardian that Andrew’s intervention descended far short of resolving questions over its liaison with Epstein.
” Prince Andrew’s interrogation was deeply disappointing ,” Bloom- who is Allred’s daughter- told the Guardian.” He is entitled to deny accusations and defend himself. 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 became apparent that a key PR adviser brought in to help salvage Andrew’s reputation got left after simply weeks in the number of jobs and only a fortnight before the interview was broadcast after he advised the monarch against it.
* The Guardian learned that after filming of the interview concluded, Andrew had been pleased enough with how it used to go that he gave the Newsnight team a tour of Buckingham Palace.
* The students’ union at Huddersfield University, where Andrew is chancellor, unanimously backed a flow requiring that he resign from the post.
* Informants in the prince’s private place was pointed out that he stood by the interview and believed he had dealt with the issues with” honest and modesty “.
The two advocates’ involvements resembled posts 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- accusations Andrew has always vehemently denied.
While she has not directly provided comments on the weekend’s disclosures, she retweeted innumerable letters that were scathing of Andrew’s claims.
During the interview, the monarch repeatedly said he had no recollection of ever meeting Giuffre or having his envision taken with her, despite the existence of an image of them together that has been widely circulated.
Elsewhere, he told me that he would remember if he had had sex with her, because it is a” positive deed” for a follower, and denied he had.
Meanwhile, her solicitor, Jack Sarcola, was indicated that talking to the media” didn’t cut it” and that Andrew should make an interrogation under oath.
Allred said her patrons had gladly spoken with investigates but she slumped, under attorney-client privilege, to say if any has already mentioned Prince Andrew.
She lent:” Prince Andrew said he would follow the advice of his solicitors, but if he has nothing to hide, and he has committed no crime, why doesn’t he merely establish the decision to share what he does know about Mr Epstein, his close associates and employees with the FBI? Why does he need a lawyer 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- point out here that that Andrew had said he did not regret his relationship with Epstein” because of the people he satisfied “.
Saying that some reacts were” simply not plausible”, she contributed:” The lengthy interrogation shortage any statement that he joins all respectable beings in being appalled and revolted by what we now know about Jeffrey Epstein’s predatory practice .”
The scathing US verdict on the interrogation came as the lord faced further review 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 horror “.
He said that the interrogation was ” not so much a gondola crash but an articulated lorry crash “.
Meanwhile, businesses and donations were under changing pressure to review their links to the prince and his tar @palace initiative for entrepreneurs, which stages events at Buckingham Palace and around the world.
Barclays, KMPG, Standard Chartered and the Stelios Foundation are all rolled as partners of Pitch @Palace, which connects tech entrepreneurs to people who can help their business.
” Anyone associated with organisations with Andrew’s patronages should at least re-examine their involvement ,” said Catherine Mayer, a royal biographer who is also chairman and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party( WEP ).
” In the case of the MeToo movement, the men who were identified greeted not with any genuine penitence but by seeking to portray themselves as scapegoats themselves. In doing so they always obliterate the victims .”
In the benevolence sector, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children( NSPCC) took the step on Twitter of frequently responding to questions about “dropping” the lord as a patron by pointing out that his role as patron of its Full Stopcampaign, which sought to draw attention to child abuse as such issues, was concluded in 2009.
Members of the students’ confederation at the University of Huddersfield will on Monday discuss pushing for him to vacate as chancellor after there was unanimous support for a motion stating that they” should not be represented by a person with ties to organised child sexual exploitation and assault “.
The university itself issued a statement pointing to the prince’s previous refusal and lauding him for taking a keen interest in its work and describing his” passion for innovation and entrepreneurship” as” a natural fit “.