Other victims of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, including women from the UK, have come forward in the last few days after the arrest of British celebrity Ghislaine Maxwell, a prosecutor said.
Prince Andrew's friend Maxwell, 58, is scheduled to appear in court this week in the United States for helping Epstein recruit women for sexual abuse. On Monday morning, Gloria Allred, representing 16 of Epstein's prosecutors, said others had sought legal representation to seek compensation for his estate.
"I now have more victims who contact me and just turn to me. Maybe they told a relative what happened to them," Allred told BBC Radio 4's Today show. "I represent some People in Europe and also in the UK who have made an effort and want compensation. "
Maxwell, who visited Epstein at his home in New York and elsewhere, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Andrew also categorically rejected a prosecutor's claim, Virginia Giuffre (née Roberts), that he had sex with her after being traded by Epstein at 17 and under age.
"Prince Andrew should panic," says Epstein prosecutor Virginia Giuffre – video
With speculation as to whether Maxwell could go for a plea deal and agree to involve others who appear to be involved in Epstein's crimes, Guiffre said Andrew should "panic".
"Prince Andrew should be panicking right now because Ghislaine only cares about Ghislaine. I think he'd be pretty messed up," 36-year-old Giuffre told the Australian TV show 60 Minutes on Sunday.
Allred replied to Giuffre's comments, "I don't know if he will panic, but he certainly can never know if Miss Maxwell would actually choose to work in exchange for a plea for a lesser crime that she is accused of . "
With a deal like this, Maxwell would have to answer everything that she asks truthfully. "And that would be Prince Andrew. What she saw or watched or knew when they were together about Jeffrey Epstein, ”said Allred.
“Prince Andrew has certainly seen young girls come and go in Manhattan. When he was there in the house, he couldn't miss it. They came and went all the time. What did he think they were doing there? Why were they there Did he speak to you? Was he even involved with them, or even adult young women there? "Allred said.
Andrew previously said that he saw nothing suspicious during his friendship with Epstein.
The US authorities have said they would "welcome" the opportunity to speak to the Duke. Sources close to his legal team said they recently tried to contact the US Department of Justice twice, but received no response.
Reports in the US media that Andrew's lawyer team asked Washington lobbyist Robert Stryk – who has ties to President Trump – to help deal with the aftermath of the Epstein scandal were rejected on Monday. A source near Andrew said, "This looks like a lobby advertisement. No commitments were made or sought. “It is believed that an introductory discussion has taken place, but it was not initiated by the Duke's team and did not go on.
Maxwell, who was arrested on Thursday at her $ 1 million estate in New Hampshire, was arrested without bail after agreeing to move to New York. Prosecutors said she was an "extreme escape risk" given that her assets were listed with access to more than $ 20 million in 15 bank accounts and three passports.
She has been charged several times, including that she conspired to trick girls aged 14 into dating with her former friend Epstein from 1994 to 1997 in his residences in New York, Florida, and New Mexico, and at Maxwell's London residence engage in illegal sex acts. The indictment provides for up to 35 years in prison.