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The Department of Justice has formally asked to speak with Prince Andrew as part of its continuing investigation into the Jeffrey Epstein case.

NBC News reported the request was made under a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, officials said.


U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in March he would use legal action after Andrew’s representatives’ denial of a closed-door interview, NBC News reported.

British media said the prince will fight the legal request by documenting how he and his team have worked with American law enforcement, CBS News reported.

Berman said that while Prince Andrew had a public offer to help the investigation into Epstein’s co-conspirators, the prince has stopped his voluntary cooperation, NBC News reported.

Epstein died in August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Esptein’s death was ruled a suicide.

But the case did not end with his death.

Prosecutors are looking to high-profile friends of Epstein, including Prince Andrew who has denied that he had sexual encounters with Virginia Roberts Giuffre. She claims Epstein trafficked her when she was 17 and claims she was told to have relations with Prince Andrew. The prince said he doesn’t remember meeting her and said that he was at a restaurant with one of his daughters when Giuffre said it happened. The prince’s claims come despite a photo of Giuffre and him together at his London home, which is part of the court record, NBC News reported.