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US News Duke of York 'lacking in compassion' for Epstein's victims

07:25  18 november  2019
07:25  18 november  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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The Duke of York is "utterly lacking in compassion " for the victims of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein . Those are the words from a lawyer acting for five of But his efforts to justify the friendship with Epstein and to deny knowledge of Epstein ' s illegal activities were labelled "disastrous", with one

The Duke of York ’ s interview with Emily Maitlis revealed a man lacking in empathy and moral discernment. Sun 17 Nov 2019 13.29 EST Last Not once did Prince Andrew’ s thoughts turn to the sex trafficking victims who found themselves forced to perform sexual acts with Epstein and others.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York wearing a suit and tie: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, has been criticised for his interview © Getty Prince Andrew, Duke of York, has been criticised for his interview The Duke of York is "utterly lacking in compassion" for the victims of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Those are the words from a lawyer acting for five of those victims a day after Prince Andrew spoke publicly for the first time about allegations surrounding his friendship with the disgraced American.

The Duke of York was interviewed on the BBC's Newsnight about his links to the convicted paedophile, who died in prison earlier this year, and allegations that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl.

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Jeffrey Edward Epstein (/ˈɛpstiːn/ EP-steen; January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and convicted sex offender.

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But his efforts to justify the friendship with Epstein and to deny knowledge of Epstein's illegal activities were labelled "disastrous", with one public relations expert comparing the interview to "watching a man in quick sand".

Lisa Bloom, representing five of Epstein's victims, said the interview was "deeply disappointing".

She told Sky News that Epstein's victims were "very disturbed by all those who were around Jeffrey Epstein who don't seem to get it".

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Ghislaine Maxwell are posing for a picture: Prince Andrew and a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts in March 2001. Pic: Rex/Shutterstock © Rex Features Prince Andrew and a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts in March 2001. Pic: Rex/Shutterstock

"He seems utterly lacking in the compassion and the astonishment that the rest of the world has felt after hearing from Jeffrey Epstein's victims."

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Jeffrey Epstein in court in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2008. Photograph: Uma Sanghvi/AP. Before the broadcast, Gloria Allred, a lawyer acting for a number of Epstein ’ s victims , said Editorial: The Duke of York ’s interview with Emily Maitlis revealed a man lacking in empathy and moral discernment.

The duke denied he slept with Mrs Giuffre on three separate occasions when questioned by Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, saying one encounter Rape Crisis Scotland urged those commenting on the Newsnight interview to “do so with care and compassion ” for the sake of all survivors of sexual abuse.

The duke's friendship with Epstein allegedly led to him being introduced in 2001 to Virginia Roberts-Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by Epstein as a teenager and forced to have sex with his friends.

Ms Roberts-Giuffre claims she and Prince Andrew dined and danced together at a nightclub in London before having sex. He denies ever having met her.

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The duke travelled to Epstein's mansion in New York in 2010 after Epstein's release from jail, saying he intended to break off their friendship.

But he has been criticised for staying at the mansion for what was reported to have been four days.

He said: "It was a convenient place to stay... at the end of the day, with a benefit of all the hindsight that one can have, it was definitely the wrong thing to do but at the time I felt it was the honourable and right thing to do."

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He let Epstein ’ s victims down. “That he still doesn’t think of them but on the impact on the royal family and himself, explains why Andrew stayed Rape Crisis Scotland urged those commenting on the Newsnight interview to “do so with care and compassion ” for the sake of all survivors of sexual abuse.

Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York , arrives for the ASEAN Business and Epstein killed himself in prison last summer while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges, which he had denied. But it was his failure to show compassion for Epstein ’ s victims that earned Andrew the most scorn.

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Ms Bloom told Sky News: "Many of his answers just give rise to additional questions because they make no sense.

"Why would you think it's honourable to go visit a convicted sex offender in his home for four days?

"Why you don't regret meeting him because he introduced you to people - when you're a member of the Royal Family, you can meet anyone you want in the entire world.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

"So I think these additional questions need answering by way of an FBI investigation or any other investigation that will get to the bottom of what Prince Andrew knew, when he knew it and what he is accused of doing."

Despite criticism of the interview, the BBC reported that sources told them the duke was standing by his decision to be interviewed.

Pictured: Andrew and Queen out horse riding as charities' reviews continue .
The Queen and Prince Andrew have been out horse riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle estate - as organisations continue to consider their relationship with the duke. It is the second time he has been spotted out and about since his decision to step back from royal duties, following the widely criticised TV interview over his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.The duke was photographed leaving his house the Royal Lodge, in Windsor, Berkshire, on Thursday.

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