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Ghislaine Maxwell claims in a prison interview that the infamous photo of Prince Andrew is “fake”.


Ghislaine Maxwell has said that the infamous photo of her with Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre is fake.

Said to have been taken at Maxwell’s London home in March 2001, it shows her standing in the background, smiling widely.

“This photo is fake,” she insisted, backing up Andrew’s earlier claims.

“There was never an original.”

She declined to say more about Giuffre – who sued the prince for sexual assault and accepted a reported $12 million settlement earlier this year – adding with a dismissive wave: “I don’t even want to talk about Virginia.”

The prince dropped his defense against Giuffre’s lawsuit and agreed to pay – making him a palace pariah banned from royal duties – after a damaging email from Ghislaine emerged in 2015.

Epstein’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz asked her if the picture was real. She replied: “It looks real. I think so.’

Disputing this now, Maxwell insisted: “I do not recognize this painting and do not believe it is a genuine painting.” She then stated that all she wanted to say in that email was that she recognized her home.

“I said this image, whatever it is, I recognize it as my home,” she explained in a rambling response. “But I discovered this image, which I don’t think is true. And the original was never released because it doesn’t exist. I don’t believe that image is the real image.’

So did she answer Dershawitz without thinking? “When you see a picture and it’s your picture in your house and someone tells you, is that your picture? So you don’t ask.

“It would never occur to me that at that time someone had created a photograph or, you know, done something with the image … I recognized the surroundings of that photograph, nothing more.”

Maxwell claims there are “more than 50 problems with the image” that led her to conclude it was a fake.

“My dear Andrew”

The claim came as Maxwell spoke about her “dear friend” Prince Andrew for the first time from prison.

In the world exclusive interview from prison where is she served 20 years for trafficking teenage girls, she admitted, “I feel so bad for him. I’m watching what happens to him.” The sun reports.

Maxwell, 60looked shocked when told princeLawyers argued they were never close, before sadly adding: “I accept that this friendship could not have survived my conviction.

“He pays such a price for the association. I consider him a dear friend. I take care of him.’

It comes as the Duke of York is trying to save his face hostile public opinion and the grief of the death of his queen mother.

In two explosive interviews, one of which was conducted face-to-face in prison, Maxwell even revealed how she is now convinced that Andrew was the victim of tampering with evidence.

She also opened up for the first time about her close friendship with former US presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump and her relationship with “the biggest regret of my life”, pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Our first meeting, conducted as part of an upcoming CBS-Paramount Plus special, took place this June at New York’s infamous Metropolitan Detention Center, followed by another lengthy interview conducted remotely from her current prison in Florida.

Speaking for the first time since her arrest in July 2020, Maxwell spoke of her regrets about her association with billionaire financier and sex offender Epstein, claiming it had turned her into a hate figure of a “wicked witch” and harmed those she loved And she showed that she longs to turn back the hands of the clock.

“I said in my court statement that meeting Epstein was the biggest mistake of my life,” Maxwell admits.

“And obviously, if I could go back today, I would avoid meeting him and make a different choice.”

Andrew wasn’t the only friend she lost over her links to the tycoon, who was found dead in his cell aged 66 in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

Former US President Bill Clinton, who traveled on the tycoon’s private jet, the Lalita Express, was another relationship she cherished.

“It was a special friendship that lasted for years,” she said.

“We had a lot in common. I feel bad that he is another victim just because of his association with Jeffrey. I understand that he, like others, can no longer consider me a friend.”

High price

According to her, one of the few people who showed her some loyalty is former President Donald Trump.

“We knew each other and mixed in the same circles, in New York, Palm Beach. I was very grateful when he wished me well after (the arrest). He got some bad press for it, but he dared and others didn’t.

“I was honored that he remembered me. Well, he is known to speak his mind. It gave me a big boost.”

Maxwell complained that friends were “cancelled” just because they knew her.

“There are a lot of people who have been affected by this story,” she said. “My friends who never even met Epstein lost their jobs. People who had literally nothing to do with him were canceled.

“For all these people… I think it was a very high price to pay for the culture of cancellation. It was very difficult for many.”

Despite this, she admitted that she was hurt by the lack of loyalty from her so-called friends who were once desperate for a place in her social circle.

“There are people who have disappointed me, and there are people who I’m surprised haven’t, you know, been a little bit more proactive,” she said. “I fully understand that people have livelihoods that need to be protected… children that need to be protected.

“But having said that, there are people who have supported me privately. Quite a few actually, and I really appreciate their private support.

“I have friends that I’ve known literally all my life since kindergarten. It’s nice to know there are people out there who know who I really am.”

As for the others, Maxwell believes they accepted the false version of her as the “wicked witch” in Epstein’s story. “It’s all a fictional version of me,” she said. “It was created to fit the storyline. It has absolutely nothing to do with who I am.

There are many people who have been affected by this story.

“I find it interesting that so many people have chosen to contribute to a fake, made-up version, kind of like a Disney character, the Wicked Witch, if you will. The real people who know me and still love me have never spoken.’

An intelligent woman who graduated from Oxford University with a degree in modern languages ​​- and says she has worked all her life – Maxwell hates to show weakness.

She said: “I think there are a lot of women who can identify with my story. Many have either fallen in love or been in relationships with men that they look back on and say, “What was I thinking?” I believe that there is no woman on the planet who would not think this way about one or another of her boyfriends.”

But she said she would not discuss the individuals — Epstein, Prince Andrew or Scott Borgerson, the husband who reportedly dumped her in the prison phone call — until her appeal was heard.

Maxwell even refused to deny reports that she and Andrew were once a couple, claiming: “I’ve read, seen, heard and been told so many horrible inaccuracies that I can’t even begin to sort them all out.

“If I pick one and don’t address all the others, it’s going to be, ‘Well, she said no to that.’ What about everyone else?

“So I’m not going to discuss anything like that. After the appeal, I will be very happy to discuss any of these matters with you.’

But can they become friends in the future? She said: “I have no expectations. People with whom I was friends – and very close friends … I can not think about what they will want to do or not do.”

In a stunning reversal, Maxwell called one of the most damning exhibits in the case against Andrew a forgery… the infamous photograph of him with his hand holding the naked body of teenage sex slave Virginia Giuffre.

This article originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced here with permission

Originally published as Ghislaine Maxwell claims infamous photo of Prince Andrew is ‘fake’ in explosive prison interview

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