Prince Andrew: Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers and Harry Dunn’s family demand royal is exchanged for Anne Sacoolas

Lisa Bloom says ‘parallels between the two cases are eerie’

Samuel Osborne
Wednesday 05 February 2020 15:18
Prince Andrew: Lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein’s victims demands royal is exchanged for Anne Sacoolas

Alleged victims of the billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein have joined forces with the family of Harry Dunn to call for Anne Sacoolas to return to the UK and the Duke of York to face questioning from the FBI in the US.

Radd Seiger, spokesperson for the teenager’s family, contacted Lisa Bloom, the lawyer representing six of Epstein’s alleged victims, saying there was a “common thread” in both cases.

Ms Bloom said the “parallels between the two cases are eerie” and involved “everyday teenagers” who were “victimised”.

“Today we stand with the family of Harry Dunn and they stand with us. Both Ms Sacoolas and Prince Andrew must cooperate with law enforcement,” she said. “I call upon my government, the US, to return Ms Sacoolas to the UK to face justice.”

Mr Seiger said it was “terrible advice” for Ms Sacoolas and the duke if they were being advised “it’s all going to go away” and they should just “wait it out”.

Ms Sacoolas was charged with causing Dunn’s death by dangerous driving, but Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, rejected an extradition request last month.

The 19-year-old was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside a US military base in Northamptonshire on 27 August last year.

Ms Sacoolas, the wife of a US intelligence official based at RAF Croughton, claimed diplomatic immunity after the crash and fled to the US.

Andrew has been accused by Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by Epstein and alleges the duke slept with her on three separate occasions, including when she was 17 – still a minor under US law. Andrew has strenuously denied the allegations.

In an interview with BBC Panorama, Ms Giuffre said she was left “horrified and ashamed” after an alleged sexual encounter with Andrew in London in 2001.

She claimed she danced with him in Tramp nightclub, adding he was “the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life” and “his sweat was ... raining basically everywhere”.

During a Newsnight interview, the duke said the alleged encounter did not happen as he had spent the day with his daughter, Princess Beatrice, taking her to a party at Pizza Express in Woking.

He also said he does not recall meeting Ms Giuffre, and had a medical condition at the time, after suffering an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War when he was shot at, which meant he did not sweat.

At the press conference in New York, Ms Bloom said Andrew needs to “answer questions about Jeffrey Epstein and his own behaviour”, adding: “In both countries everyone is equal in the eyes of the law”.

Mr Seiger said he “reached out” to Ms Bloom after realising “there was a common thread running between these cases”.

He said: “It’s about evasion of justice. These are the two greatest allies in the world and they follow a rules-based system.

“No one, no matter who you are ... is above the law. We all break the rules from time to time but we don’t get to walk away and hide.”

Mr Seiger said after meeting Kiki, an alleged victim of Epstein also present at the press conference, “what you see every day is a strengthening and stiffening of resolve”.

In a message to Andrew, Mr Seiger said: “If you have nothing to hide get on a plane and meet with Kiki, and help her and help other victims ... there’s no other way.”

Additional reporting by Press Association