Prince An­drew faces new pres­sure

Times Standard (Eureka) - - NEWS -

LONDON >> Bri­tain’s dis­graced Prince An­drew is fac­ing mount­ing calls to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to U.S. law en­force­ment agen­cies and to lawyers who are in­ves­ti­gat­ing crimes com­mit­ted by Amer­i­can sex of­fender Jef­frey Ep­stein and his as­so­ciates.

Lawyers for Ep­stein’s vic­tims be­lieve An­drew may have valu­able in­for­ma­tion about the late fi­nancier’s sex of­fenses. When Ep­stein died in Au­gust, he was fac­ing charges of traf­fick­ing in un­der­age girls who pro­vided sex­ual fa­vors to the pow­er­ful men vis­it­ing his lux­ury prop­er­ties in the Caribbean, and else­where.

The 59-year-old prince stepped down from his royal du­ties on Wed­nes­day with the ap­proval of his mother, Queen El­iz­a­beth II, af­ter a week­end in­ter­view in which he tried to jus­tify his well­doc­u­mented ties to Ep­stein back­fired spec­tac­u­larly.

Char­i­ties and Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions that had fundraisin­g ties to An­drew — the royal web­site lists dozens — had quickly be­gun to ques­tion if he could ac­tu­ally hurt their brands.

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