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Prince Andrew has so far "completely shut the door on voluntary cooperation" with investigations into Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said Monday.

Why it matters: Federal investigators for months have sought to question Prince Andrew, a longtime friend of Epstein who was accused of sexual abuse by one of Epstein's accusers. Berman said his office is now "considering its options," per NBC.

  • Prince Andrew denied the accusation in a disastrous interview with the BBC in November. Days later, he announced that he would be walking away from his royal duties "for the foreseeable future."
  • Prince Andrew said in a statement at the time: "Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required."

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