Epstein victims urge Joe Biden to pursue Prince Andrew ‘aggressively’ and force him to cooperate with sex abuse probe

VICTIMS of Jeffrey Epstein want Joe Biden to pursue Prince Andrew "aggressively" and force him to cooperate with the probe.

The Duke of York, 60, has still not spoken to US authorities investigating the crimes of his former friend and paedophile Epstein.

The royal is alleged to have slept with sex slave Virginia Roberts on three separate occasions – claims he strongly denies.

Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents five of the millionaire's victims, said she hoped the President-elect and his VP, former prosecutor Kamala Harris would go after the prince.

She told the Mirror: "I do have hope that the Biden-Harris administration will be more aggressive in standing with victims of sexual assault.

"It is essential that Prince Andrew cooperate with authorities, as he said he would, so that they can fully investigate him and all others accused of enabling prolific predator Jeffrey Epstein.”

This comes after Andrew's longtime friend Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in July over her alleged role in Epstein's sex trafficking network.

Maxwell, who will go on trial next summer, denies all allegations of misconduct made against her.

But while President Donald Trump sent his "well wishes" to Ghislaine, lawyers for the victims hope Biden will take a tougher stance.

Spencer Kuvin, who also represents a number of the financier's victims, said: “The lead prosecutors are the ones that will have control over the speed and enforcement of this prosecution.

"We hope that President-Elect Biden will pick a strong new Attorney General who understands the history of this case.”

The Duke told BBC Newsnight last year that he did not regret his relationship withEpstein – a paedophile sex trafficker who is alleged to have abused dozens of girls.

In that car crash interview, which resulted in Andrew being sacked as a senior royal, he insisted he would speak to US investigators about the case.

But despite repeated requests by lawyers and prosecutors involved in the sex trafficking probe, the prince has yet to give any statements.

Mr Kuvin admits that Prince Andrew was unlikely to give a statement unless he surrenders himself to the American courts.

The Duke of York denies all allegations of misconduct made against him.

Lawyers for the victims are not happy with how the Trump administration has handled the case.

President Trump knew both Epstein and Maxwell socially but has since claimed that he was "not a fan" of the millionaire – despite previously calling him a "terrific guy."

The Republican's former Secretary of Labour Alex Acosta quit the White House after it emerged he negotiated a sweetheart deal with Epstein in 2008 when he was a prosecutor in Florida.

As part of that deal, the millionaire served only 13 months in prison after admitting procuring an underage girl for prostitution.

In a meeting with victims yesterday, the US Justice Department said Acosta had “exercised poor judgment" in striking the plea deal with Epstein.

However, officials said Acosta had not broken the law or engaged in any misconduct.

Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his New York jail cell last August where he was being held on charges of sex trafficking minors.

His death was officially ruled as suicide.

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