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



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Convicted child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell has said a decades-old photograph of Prince Andrew with his sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre is “fake” in a series of interviews from prison.

The disgraced British socialite is currently serving a 20-year sentence in US federal prison for running a year-long scheme with her longtime confidant Jeffrey Epstein to groom and abuse underage girls.

Speaking from a Florida prison to British broadcaster TalkTV, which aired a special program on Monday night, the 61-year-old – who also appears in the picture – said she did not “believe it happened.”

“I don’t believe for one second that it’s real, in fact I’m sure it’s not. There never was an original. I don’t believe it happened and the way it’s described, would have been impossible. I don’t remember going to the Tramp (nightclub),” Maxwell said.

Prince Andrew, who is one of King Charles III’s younger brothers, has vehemently denied Giuffre’s claim that he was introduced to her at London’s Tramp nightclub in 2001 with Maxwell, before the then 17-year-old Giuffre was allegedly forced to perform sex acts with British royalty.

Giuffre filed a civil lawsuit in a US court in 2021 against Andrew, also known as the Duke of York, alleging sexual abuse while she was a minor on several occasions. Andrew later settled out of court for an undisclosed figure without admitting any wrongdoing and the case was dismissed. Still, the allegations against the senior royal severely tarnished his reputation. He stepped down from royal duties at the end of 2019 and was stripped of his military titles and royal patronage last year.

Jeffrey Epstein, pictured here with ex-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 show little remorse toward the Epsteins victims and offered no apology in the interviews that aired Monday. Instead, she said the victims should “take their disappointment and anger at the authorities who allowed” the billionaire pedophile to die in prison.

Maxwell also told TalkTV that she believes Epstein was murdered — a conspiracy theory for which she offered no proof. Authorities determined Epstein died by suicide in 2019 while awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of sexually abusing underage girls.

As for the victims, Maxwell said, “I hope they have some closure through the legal process that took place.”

Maxwell admitted during her sentencing last year that she had been convicted in the sex-trafficking scheme, but stopped short of accepting responsibility. She did not testify in her defense during the trial in late 2021, which ended with her conviction on five counts, including sex trafficking with a minor.

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