The British prince Andrew, the Duke of York, immediately quits his public duties as a result of the accusation that he would have had sex with a teenager twenty years ago. He says that in a statement on Wednesday. The prince was friends with multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was convicted of sexual misconduct.
In a statement Andrew says that "circumstances because of my former ties with Epstein" disrupt the work of his family and the organizations he supports. As a result, he asked Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom if he could resign his public duties for the time being.
In addition to announcing that he is giving up his duties, the prince and duke says that he is open to collaborating with the "appropriate" law enforcement agencies for investigating Epstein's behavior.
"I still undeniably regret my poorly-estimated relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, especially for his victims, and I sympathize with everyone affected and looking for closure," said Andrew in the statement.
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'Minor forced several times to have sex with Andrew'
Virginia Giuffre, one of the victims of the multi-millionaire Epstein convicted of sexual misconduct, declared in 2015 during the civil case against Epstein that she was forced several times between 1999 and 2002 to have sex with Prince Andrew. At the time, she was a minor.
According to Giuffre, she met Andrew in a London nightclub where he was dancing sweaty before they had sex. Andrew denies this because at the time he was unable to sweat due to a medical condition. That condition was the result of adrenaline during the Falklands war.
Nor would the meeting have been possible, because he was home with his family that evening after he had brought his daughter to a pizza restaurant. A photo of Andrew with Giuffre from 2001 would have been edited, according to the prince.
Andrew disappointed family with an overnight stay at Epstein
Andrew spent the night at Epstein in New York after the millionaire was convicted in 2007 of visiting prostitution. The prince said that it was primarily a useful place to stay and that he thought it was "honorable".
In an interview with the BBC on Friday, the prince acknowledged that he had disappointed his family with this overnight stay and that this behavior was "unseemly" for a member of the British royal family.
The prince visited Epstein again in 2010, in his own words "to end the friendship". He then stayed with the millionaire several times, who was already registered as a sex offender.
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