Prince Andrew blasted by Epstein victims’ lawyer for ‘playing cat and mouse game’ with US prosecutors trying to quiz him

PRINCE Andrew has been accused of playing a "cat and mouse" game with US prosecutors who want to quiz him about Jeffrey Epstein.

Gloria Allred, who represents 16 of his accusers, made the allegation as she said more women had emerged to make claims on the paedophile’s estate.

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It comes after the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend, who has been in hiding after the wealthy sex offender hanged himself while waiting trial on child sex trafficking charges.

The 58-year-old socialite is facing charges of conspiring with Epstein to abuse minors.

Prince Andrew has come under intense scrutiny for his friendship with Epstein and Maxwell.

The Duke of York, 60, is accused of having sex with Virginia Roberts when she was a 17-year-old trafficked slave of Jeffrey Epstein – allegations Andrew strongly denies.

The royal faced claims he's failed to cooperate with US prosecutors throughout the course of the investigation, but he's insisted officials at America's Department of Justice have turned down his offers of help.

Allred said the Prince “seems to be the one that is playing a cat and mouse game” with prosecutors.

“Does Prince Andrew want it presented to him on a silver platter with footmen delivering this invitation from the justice department to come and be interviewed,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

It was reported this week fears Andrew may end up facing extradition to America have made it “unlikely” Andrew will leave the UK for some time and will “never travel to the US again”.

Ms Allred said: “I don’t know if he’ll be panicking but he can certainly never know if Miss Maxwell would in fact decide to co-operate in exchange for a plea to a lesser crime that she is charged with.

“If she is interested in a deal then she is going to have to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in everything that she is asked and that would be Prince Andrew, what she saw him do, or observe or knew he did when they were together in reference to Jeffrey Epstein.

“Prince Andrew, when he was in that house, saw young girls coming and going constantly when he was there.

“What did he think they were doing there, why were they there, did he speak to them was he involved with them at all or even with adult young women there?’

“I have now more victims contacting me in the last few days who have never come forward before."

Andrew has previously said in a statement: “I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.'

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has now weighed in and said “of course” the Duke of York should co-operate.

“It doesn't matter who you are. You co-operate with the law-enforcement authorities when they ask you to do so,” he said.

Prince Andrew's representatives have been contacted for comment.

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