Lawyer's for Britain's Prince Andrew are claiming that he has tried to assist USA authorities in their probe into the late Jeffrey Epstein, but that they rejected his multiple offers of assistance and opted for "publicity" instead.
Berman's statement contradicts what Prince Andrew's legal team has said about his willingness to sit down for an interview.
"Today, Prince Andrew yet again sought to falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate with an ongoing federal investigation into sex trafficking and related offences committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his associates", Berman said.
Giuffre also said in an interview with BBC Panoramashe was left "horrified and ashamed" after an alleged sexual encounter with Andrew in London in 2001.
In January, Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan, called out the prince for his alleged lack of cooperation.
Federal prosecutors have put in a formal request to the British government, demanding that Prince Andrew speak to them as part of their ongoing investigation into Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein is found dead in his jail cell on August 10, having killed himself after being charged with sex trafficking.
Last December, in the aftermath of a TV interview he did about his friendship with Epstein, the duke stepped back from royal duties.
The firm, Blackfords LLP, said USA officials requested the help of the son of Queen Elizabeth II for the first time in January after having investigated Epstein for 16 years.
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"In doing so, they are perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance proffered", the statement said.
"Far from our client acting above the law, as has been implied by press briefings in the USA, he is being treated by a lower standard than might reasonably be expected for any other citizen", the firm griped.
At the time, the 66-year-old's estate was valued at $851 million, including more than $83 million in cash and properties in New York, Florida, Paris, New Mexico and the US Virgin Islands where the will was filed and where he owned two islands.
Newly released legal documents show that Johanna Sjoberg, another alleged Epstein victim, claimed Andrew touched her breast while sitting on a couch inside the U.S. billionaire's Manhattan apartment in 2001.
In January he accused him of providing "zero co-operation" and in March he said Andrew had "completely shut the door" on helping investigators.
The duke's attempts to distance himself from Epstein's lifestyle took a freaky turn last November after a vehicle crash BBC interview, during which he claimed to remember "weirdly distinctly" that he took his daughter to a Pizza Express restaurant on one of the days Giuffre claims he had sex with her.
"On 9 March 2020, Mr Berman made further public statements saying that the Duke had "completely shut the door" on cooperating with the U.S. investigation and that they are now "considering" further options".
"In the course of these discussions, we asked the DOJ to confirm that our co-operation and any interview arrangements would remain confidential, in accordance with the ordinary rules that apply to voluntary co-operation with the DOJ". She said the Prince knew what had happened and urged him to come clean about the incident.
He said the prince had offered "zero cooperation" despite being contacted by the Southern District of NY and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His cousin Lady Butter (a great friend ever since his regular long stays with her family at Luton Hoo in the 1930s) commented this week: "The secret is that he still does everything he has previously done, but slower".