Sovereign 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 backlash over his extraordinary defence of his love with Jeffrey Epstein after solicitors who represent 10 of the billionaire predator’s victims labelled the imperial 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 monarch was under ripening pressure from pundits in the UK and US on Sunday who expected an defense for his conduct and said that his defence of his actions was simply not credible.
Gloria Allred, who has worked on several high-profile sexual harassment cases and is now representing five of Epstein’s victims, told the Guardian:” The right and illustrious act 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 accusations 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 scapegoats, told the Guardian that Andrew’s intervention descended far short of ending questions over his relationship with Epstein.
” Prince Andrew’s interrogation 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 became apparent that a key PR adviser brought in to help salvage Andrew’s honour had left after simply weeks in the number of jobs and exclusively a fortnight before the interrogation was broadcast after he advised the ruler against it.
* The Guardian learned that after filming of the interrogation 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 demanding that he be removed from the post.
* Beginnings in the prince’s private place insisted that he stood by the interview and believed he had dealt with the issues with” honesty and meeknes “.
The two solicitors’ involvements resembled uprights on the Twitter account of Giuffre( formerly Roberts ), who has claimed that Epstein and his “fixer” Ghislaine Maxwell obliged her to have sex with Andrew when she was 17- charges Andrew has always vehemently denied.
While she has not instantly provided comments on the weekend’s shows, she retweeted numerous messages that were scathing of Andrew’s claims.
During the interrogation, the prince repeatedly said he had no recollection of ever convening Giuffre or having his draw taken with her, despite the existence of an image of them together that has been widely circulated.
Elsewhere, he told me that he would recollect if he had had sex with her, because it is a” positive ordinance” for a guy, and disclaimed he had.
Meanwhile, her advocate, Jack Sarcola, was indicated that talking to the media” didn’t cut it” and that Andrew should grant an interview under oath.
Allred said her clients had happily spoken with examiners but she rejected, 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 precisely 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 solicitor 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 love with Epstein” because of the person or persons he gratified “.
Saying that some explanations were” simply not plausible”, she added:” The lengthy interview shortage any statement that he meets all decent parties in being appalled and revolted by what we now know about Jeffrey Epstein’s predatory behaviour .”
The scathing US verdict on the interrogation came as the monarch 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 horror “.
He said that the interrogation was ” not so much better a car crash but an articulated lorry crash “.
Meanwhile, the enterprises and charities were under flourishing pressure to review their links to the prince and his pitching @palace initiative for entrepreneurs, which theatres events at Buckingham Palace and around the world.
Barclays, KMPG, Standard Chartered and the Stelios Foundation are all rostered as partners of Pitch @Palace, which attaches tech entrepreneurs to people who can help their business.
” Anyone associated with organisations with Andrew’s patronages should at least refresh their participation ,” said Catherine Mayer, a royal biographer who is also president and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party( WEP ).
” In the case of vehicles 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 obliterate the victims .”
In the kindnes sector, 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 character as patron of its Full Stopcampaign, which sought to draw attention to child abuse as a question, ended in 2009.
Members of the students’ solidarity at the University of Huddersfield will on Monday discuss pushing for him to resign as chancellor after there was unanimous support for a motion stating that they” should not be represented by a being with ties to organised juvenile sexual exploitation and assault “.
The university itself issued a statement pointing to the prince’s previous prohibition and lauding him for taking a keen interest in its work and describing his” fervor for invention and entrepreneurship” as” a natural fit “.