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Prince Andrew May Want to Avoid Setting Foot in US

Lawyer Gloria Allred warns he'll likely be subpoenaed if he does so
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2020 7:22 AM CST
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, arrives at St Mary the Virgin, in Hillington, England, to attend a Sunday church service, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Prince Andrew is at background center.   (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

(Newser) – On the heels of US prosecutors' Monday revelation that Prince Andrew has "provided zero cooperation" in their Jeffrey Epstein investigation despite repeated requests to his lawyers, lawyers for Epstein's accusers are speaking out. Lisa Bloom, who represents five of them, told the BBC, "I'm glad that [prosecutor] Geoffrey Berman has gone public to try to embarrass Prince Andrew, who made one statement and then behind closed doors is doing something very different. ... Stop playing games and ... come forward," she admonished him. That "one statement" was an apparent reference to the prince's own November BBC interview, in which he said he was "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency."

The Guardian quotes Bloom as saying that Berman "doesn’t have the power to subpoena Prince Andrew as part of the criminal investigation, so what else can he do except use the power of the press." But someone does theoretically have subpoena power. In her own comments, attorney Gloria Allred warned that, should he choose to travel to the US, the prince could be subpoenaed in connection with the civil lawsuit against Epstein. The Telegraph has her comments to the BBC: "Certainly, if he ever came back to the United States—[subpoenaing the prince] would be one of the first things that I'm sure a lot of lawyers, including me, would want to do." (Read more Prince Andrew stories.)

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