Prince An­drew: I did not sus­pect Ep­stein’s be­hav­iour

Fiji Sun - - World News - Lon­don:

Prince An­drew has de­fended his for­mer friend­ship with Jef­frey Ep­stein, say­ing “at no stage” did he “see or sus­pect” any crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.

Ep­stein, 66, took his own life in a jail cell this month while await­ing trial on sex traf­fick­ing charges. In a statement, the Duke of York said he wanted to “clar­ify the facts” around his “for­mer as­so­ci­a­tion or friend­ship” with the US fi­nancier.

He said it was a “mis­take” to meet Ep­stein after he left prison in 2010. “Dur­ing the time I knew him, I saw him in­fre­quently and prob­a­bly no more than only once or twice a year,” the 59-year-old prince said. “I have stayed in a num­ber of his res­i­dences. At no stage dur­ing the lim­ited time I spent with him did I see, witness or sus­pect any be­hav­iour of the sort that sub­se­quently led to his ar­rest and con­vic­tion.” The duke - who said he first met Ep­stein in 1999 - added that he had “tremen­dous sym­pa­thy” for all those af­fected by Ep­stein’s be­hav­iour.

“His sui­cide has left many unan­swered ques­tions and I ac­knowl­edge and sym­pa­thise with ev­ery­one who has been af­fected and wants some form of clo­sure.”

Prince An­drew (left) has pre­vi­ously been crit­i­cised for his as­so­ci­a­tion with Jef­frey Ep­stein.

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