The FBI has widened its investigation into the Jeffrey Epstein scandal in a bid to uncover extra on Prince Andrew’s hyperlinks to the case.
The US police company hopes to query the billionaire’s alleged trafficking victims to be able to discover out extra in regards to the prince’s involvement, in accordance with The Sunday Occasions.
It studies US Division of Justice sources mentioned: ‘The US investigation is specializing in a number of potential victims within the hope that they’ll present extra particulars about Prince Andrew and his connection to the Epstein case.
‘They are not going to dismiss it [claims relating to Andrew] because he is a royal.’
The interrogations will happen over the following two months and Scotland Yard stands prepared to help, the paper studies.
The Met’s former head of royal safety, Dai Davies, mentioned it was within the public curiosity for police to analyze the Duke of York.
Davies, who headed Prince Andrew’s safety within the late 1990s, instructed the newspaper: ‘I would have thought it’s in Prince Andrew’s pursuits to clear this matter up.
‘Any residue of doubt or innuendo should be cleared up by a clear, unequivocal, structured investigation.’
A British police probe into allegations made towards the duke by Virginia Roberts Giuffre was dropped in 2015.
Giuffre claims she was compelled to have intercourse with Prince Andrew when she was 17.
The Duke of York, 59, has strenuously denied sexual contact with Giuffre or any ‘impropriety with underage minors’.
The allegations have been struck from US civil court docket information in 2015 after a decide mentioned they have been ‘immaterial and impertinent’.
However Giuffre’s claims should not the one allegations towards the royal being reviewed by the FBI, in accordance with The Sunday Occasions.
Round 100 intercourse trafficking victims are reportedly anticipated to be a part of the FBI’s investigation into Epstein, most of whom have been aged between 14 and 15 when the offences allegedly occurred.
The disgraced financier killed himself final month in his New York jail cell the place he confronted fees of trafficking teenage ladies for intercourse.