Prince Andrew is facing fresh calls to speak to the FBI after Jeffrey Epstein's lawyer allegedly refused to deny allegations that a teenager was forced to have sex with the Duke.
Epstein's attorney, Alan Dershowitz, allegedly said "I have no idea" if Virginia Roberts was made to sleep with the prince at the age of 17 in 2001.
She alleges she was forced to have sex with him by billionaire paedophile Epstein, who killed himself in his cell while awaiting sex trafficking charges.
The Duke strenuously denies the claims made by Virginia and insists he has no recollection of meeting her.
He also says he never saw anything that made him suspect Epstein's criminal history.
But Dershowitz' alleged comments are to be published in a book by Bradley Edwards, a lawyer representing more than 20 alleged victims of Epstein. Dershowitz denies the comments.
Edwards claims he took a formal statement from Dershowitz, reports Mirror Online.
He alleges Dershowitz said: “If she was paid $15,000 to have sex with Prince Andrew at the age of 17 in England, she would be guilty of prostitution.”
Edwards then wrote: “I didn’t let him off the hook. ‘My question is, was she lying when she says she was paid to have sex with Prince Andrew?’
“Trapped with nowhere to go, he responded, ‘I have no idea’.”
The claims have been made in Edwards' book, Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein, out next week.
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Dershowitz denies the claims, and says he never saw the Duke act inappropriately and does not believe Roberts.
He said: “Edwards mischaracterised my testimony. I hope you will report that he distorted it. I have learned since then that nothing she (Roberts) says should be credited.”
The report adds that the prince is facing renewed calls to speak to the FBI about Epstein.
Daily Star Online has approached Buckingham Palace for a response, after it has earlier declined to comment on Edwards' allegations.
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