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Duke of York ‘lacking in compassion’ for Epstein’s victims

The Duke of York is "utterly lacking in compassion" for the victims of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Those are the words from a lawyer acting for five of those victims a day after Prince Andrew spoke publicly for the first time about allegations surrounding his friendship with the disgraced American.

The Duke of York was interviewed on the BBC's Newsnight about his links to the convicted paedophile, who died in prison earlier this year, and allegations that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl.

But his efforts to justify the friendship with Epstein and to deny knowledge of Epstein's illegal activities were labelled "disastrous", with one public relations expert comparing the interview to "watching a man in quick sand".

Lisa Bloom, representing five of Epstein's victims, said the interview was "deeply disappointing".

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She told Sky News that Epstein's victims were "very disturbed by all those who were around Jeffrey Epstein who don't seem to get it".

"He seems utterly lacking in the compassion and the astonishment that the rest of the world has felt after hearing from Jeffrey Epstein's victims."

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Image: Prince Andrew and a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts in March 2001. Pic: Rex/Shutterstock

The duke's friendship with Epstein allegedly led to him being introduced in 2001 to Virginia Roberts-Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by Epstein as a teenager and forced to have sex with his friends.

Ms Roberts-Giuffre claims she and Prince Andrew dined and danced together at a nightclub in London before having sex. He denies ever having met her.

The duke travelled to Epstein's mansion in New York in 2010 after Epstein's release from jail, saying he intended to break off their friendship.

But he has been criticised for staying at the mansion for what was reported to have been four days.

He said: "It was a convenient place to stay… at the end of the day, with a benefit of all the hindsight that one can have, it was definitely the wrong thing to do but at the time Read More – Source