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Ghislaine Maxwell claims in prison interview that Prince Andrew's photo with Virginia Giuffre is "false"


Ghislaine Maxwell, former partner of Jeffrey Epstein and convicted of child sex trafficking, said this in an interview from jail with TalkTV.

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(CNN) --

Ghislaine Maxwell, convicted of child sex trafficking, said in a series of jailhouse interviews that a decades-old photograph of Prince Andrew with his sexual abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre is "false."

The disgraced British socialite is currently serving a 20-year sentence in a US federal prison for carrying out a years-long plot with her confidante Jeffrey Epstein to lure and sexually abuse underage girls.

Speaking from a Florida jail to Britain's TalkTV, which aired a special program Monday night, the 61-year-old woman — also pictured — said she "doesn't think it would happen."

"I don't think it's real for one second, in fact I'm sure it isn't. There has never been an original. I don't think it happened and certainly the way it's described would have been impossible. I don't recall ever having gone to Tramp (nightclub)," Maxwell said.

Photograph that appears to show Prince Andrew with Jeffrey Epstein's accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, with Ghislaine Maxwell in the background.

(Credit: Florida Southern District Court)

Prince Andrew, who is one of King Charles III's younger brothers, has strenuously denied Giuffre's allegation that he was introduced to him at London's Tramp nightclub in 2001 with Maxwell, before Giuffre, then 17 , was allegedly forced to perform sexual acts with the British royal.


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 multiple occasions.

Subsequently, Andrés settled out of court for an undisclosed amount without admitting any wrongdoing and the case was dismissed.

Even so, the allegations against the royal severely tarnished his reputation.

He retired from his royal duties at the end of 2019 and was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages last year.

Jeffrey Epstein, pictured with his 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.

(Credit: Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images)

Maxwell appeared to show little remorse toward Epstein's victims and was unapologetic in interviews that aired Monday.

Instead, he said victims should "take it out on the authorities who allowed" the billionaire pedophile to die in prison.

Maxwell also told TalkTV that he believes Epstein was murdered, a conspiracy theory for which he provided no evidence.

Authorities ruled that Epstein died by suicide in 2019 while awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of sexually abusing underage girls.

Of the victims, Maxwell said: "I hope they get some closure through the court process that took place."

Maxwell acknowledged during her sentencing hearing last year that she had been convicted in the sex trafficking conspiracy, but stopped short of taking responsibility.

She did not testify in her defense during her trial at the end of 2021, which ended with her conviction on five counts, including child sex trafficking.

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Source: cnnespanol

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