Ghislaine Maxwell claims Prince Andrew photo with Virginia Giuffre is ‘fake’



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Convicted baby intercourse trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell has mentioned a decades-old {photograph} of Prince Andrew along with his sexual abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre is “pretend,” in a collection of interviews from jail.

The disgraced British socialite is at present serving a 20-year sentence in US federal jail for finishing up a years-long scheme together with her longtime confidante Jeffrey Epstein to groom and sexually abuse underage ladies.

Talking from a Florida jail to UK broadcaster TalkTV, which aired a particular program on Monday night time, the 61-year-old – who additionally seems within the {photograph} – mentioned she doesn’t “imagine it occurred.”

“I don’t imagine it’s actual for a second, the truth is, I’m positive it’s not. There has by no means been an authentic. I don’t imagine it occurred and positively, the way in which it’s described would have been not possible. I don’t have any reminiscence of going to Tramp [nightclub],” Maxwell mentioned.

Prince Andrew, who’s one in all King Charles III’s youthful brothers, has strenuously denied Giuffre’s allegation that he was launched to her at London’s Tramp nightclub in 2001 with Maxwell, earlier than then-17-year-old Giuffre was allegedly pressured to carry out intercourse acts with the British royal.

Giuffre filed a civil lawsuit in a US court docket in 2021 in opposition to Andrew, who’s also referred to as the Duke of York, alleging sexual abuses whereas she was a minor on a number of events. Andrew later settled out of court docket for an undisclosed determine with out admitting any wrongdoing and the case was dismissed. Nonetheless, the allegations in opposition to the senior royal severely tarnished his fame. He stepped again from royal duties in late 2019 and was stripped of his army titles and royal patronages final yr.

A spokesperson for Giuffre’s US attorneys, David Boies and Sigrid McCawley, prompt that neither their consumer or the legal professionals would touch upon Maxwell’s remarks presently, AFP reported.

Jeffrey Epstein, pictured here with former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell in 2005, was indicted on federal sex trafficking charges in July 2019 but died by suicide in prison a month later.

Maxwell appeared to indicate little regret to Epstein’s victims and provided no apology within the interviews broadcast Monday. As an alternative, she mentioned the victims ought to “take their disappointment and upset out on the authorities who allowed” the billionaire pedophile to die in jail.

Maxwell additionally informed TalkTV that she believes Epstein was murdered – a conspiracy idea for which she provided no proof. Authorities dominated Epstein died by suicide in 2019 whereas he was awaiting trial on federal costs accusing him of sexually abusing underage ladies.

Relating to the victims, Maxwell mentioned, “I hope they’ve some closure through the judicial course of that befell.”

Maxwell acknowledged throughout her sentencing listening to final yr that she had been convicted within the intercourse trafficking scheme however stopped wanting taking duty. She didn’t testify in her protection in the course of the trial in late 2021, which ended together with her conviction on 5 counts, together with intercourse trafficking of a minor.