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

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

The disgraced British socialite is presently 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, actually, I’m certain it’s not. There has by no means been an unique. I don’t imagine it occurred and definitely, the way in which it’s described would have been unimaginable. I don’t have any reminiscence of going to Tramp [nightclub],” Maxwell mentioned.

Prince Andrew, who’s one among 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 compelled to carry out intercourse acts with the British royal.

Giuffre filed a civil lawsuit in a US courtroom in 2021 towards Andrew, who’s often known as the Duke of York, alleging sexual abuses whereas she was a minor on a number of events. Andrew later settled out of courtroom for an undisclosed determine with out admitting any wrongdoing and the case was dismissed. Nonetheless, the allegations towards the senior royal severely tarnished his repute. 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, advised that neither their shopper or the legal professionals would touch upon Maxwell’s remarks presently, AFP reported.

Maxwell appeared to point out little regret to Epstein’s victims and supplied 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 supplied 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 happened.”

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.