This royal keeps digging himself further and further into a hole, forgetting of course that every room was rigged for audio and video recording.
Prince Andrew: I did not suspect Epstein’s behaviour
Epstein, 66, took his own life in a jail cell this month while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
In a statement, the Duke of York said he wanted to “clarify the facts” around his “former association or friendship” with the US financier.
He said it was a “mistake” to meet Epstein after he left prison in 2010.
“During the time I knew him, I saw him infrequently and probably no more than only once or twice a year,” the 59-year-old prince said.
“I have stayed in a number of his residences. At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.”
The duke – who said he first met Epstein in 1999 – added that he had “tremendous sympathy” for all those affected by Epstein’s behaviour.
“His suicide has left many unanswered questions and I acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.”
Prince Andrew will be hoping that his statement establishes his version of events: that he saw Jeffrey Epstein “infrequently”, that he never saw anything in the early years of their friendship to make him suspect Epstein was a paedophile and that he now accepts it was a “mistake and an error” to continue to meet him after his release from prison.
Andrew is asserting that from 1999 – when he met Epstein – until 2008 when Epstein was convicted, he never suspected what kind of a man Epstein really was. That must be taken at face value.
What is more difficult for him is the fact that he continued to meet Epstein and go to his private homes after Epstein was released from prison. – Source