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Ghislaine Maxwell to address Epstein friendship with Prince Andrew

Ghislaine Maxwell brands infamous photo 'fake' in prison interview

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Ghislaine Maxwell offered no apology to the victims of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as she addressed her relationship with the disgraced millionaire and Prince Andrew in an upcoming interview. Maxwell, who is currently serving a 20-year sentence at FCI Tallahassee for trafficking girls to Epstein, argued his victims should already “have some closure” thanks to the judicial process that investigated Epstein’s conduct before his death. In previews of the interview, Maxwell also claimed New York authorities “allowed” Epstein to kill himself whilst in custody, and questioned the veracity of a picture of the Duke of York with his accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Asked to address Epstein’s victims in the upcoming interview, the disgraced socialite said: “I say that Epstein died and they should take their disappointment and upset out on the authorities who allowed that to happen.

“And as I said I hope they have some closure by the judicial process that took place.”

The FBI first began investigating Epstein in 2005 after allegations emerged claiming the millionaire had paid several girls to perform sexual acts with him.

He later pleaded guilty to a state charge of procuring a girl below 18 for prostitution and was handed an 18 months sentence in 2008. Epstein was arrested once again on sex trafficking charges in July 2019.

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Epstein was placed on suicide watch for six days on July 23 after being found injured and semiconscious in his cell at the Metropolitan Correction Center in New York.

The disgraced millionaire’s lifeless body was found in his cell on August 10 but he was confirmed dead in what authorities classified as an apparent suicide.

In the interview with TalkTV’s Jeremy Kyle, Maxwell also expressed her personal doubts about the veracity of a picture allegedly showing Prince Andrew with his accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Giuffre alleged to have been trafficked by Epstein and have been forced to have sexual intercourse with the Duke of York when she was underage.

Prince Andrew has repeatedly and vehemently denied the accusations, claiming to Newsnight in 2019 he had “no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

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Maxwell also alleged she had “no memory of them meeting, adding: “And I don’t think that picture is real

“It is a fake. I don’t believe it is real for a second, in fact I am sure it is not. There has never been an original, there is no photograph.

“There is no original of that photo, (just) copies of copies and parts of it, according to some experts, look like it has been photoshopped. I don’t remember her in my home.”

Maxwell added: “I know that Virginia travelled with Jeffrey, and so it’s entirely possible. It wasn’t something so outrageously out of leftfield that it couldn’t have happened.”

Giuffre handed the original photo to the FBI in 2011 as the Bureau investigated Epstein after his first conviction, evidence recording logs have shown.

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Giuffre also directly dismissed accusations about the photo being a fake during an interview with Panorama.

She said: “I think the world is getting sick of these ridiculous excuses. It’s a real photo. I’ve given it to the FBI for their investigation and it’s an authentic photo.

“There’s a date on the back of it from when it was printed.”

The photo, showing the Duke of York with his arm around Giuffre and a beaming Maxwell in the background, was taken at the heiress’s London home in March 2001 after a night out at Tramp nightclub, Giuffre claimed.

The Duke of York last year settled a civil sexual assault case lodged by Giuffre for an undisclosed amount. He makes no admission of liability.

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