Ghislaine Maxwell claims photo of Prince Andrew and his accuser is ‘fake’

IMPORTANT POINTS
  • Maxwell is in prison after being convicted of helping the late financier sexually abuse girls.
  • In an interview with a British broadcaster, she claimed a photo of Prince Andrew and his sex abuse accuser was fake.
  • The prince has not been criminally charged and continues to deny the allegations.
This article contains references to sexual assault, child abuse.
Disgraced former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has claimed in a prison interview with a British broadcaster that a decades-old photo of Prince Andrew with his sex abuse accuser, Virginia Giuffre, was “fake”.
Maxwell, a friend of the British royal family, is in a Florida jail after her conviction

Ms Giuffre has claimed she was traded by the couple to Prince Andrew, younger brother of King Charles III, among others.

The 39-year-old sued the discredited royal in a United States court, claiming they had sex in London when she was 17 and a minor under US law.
hey which spares him the public humiliation of a trial.
The 62-year-old prince has not been criminally charged and continues to deny the allegations.
But he resigned from his royal duties and was stripped of his military titles after a public outcry over the reported settlement.

A photo of Prince Andrew with his arm around Ms Giuffre’s waist and Maxwell next to them – allegedly taken in London in 2001 – is believed to be crucial to the lawsuit against the prince.

But in her interview with TalkTV, which will air Monday night in the UK, Maxwell, who has known him for decades, insists the picture is fake.
“It is a fake. I don’t believe for a second it’s real, in fact I’m pretty sure it’s not,” she says.
“There was never an original, nor was there a photo. I’ve only ever seen a photocopy of it.”
The late Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son has insisted he has never met Ms Giuffre and also appeared to question the authenticity of the photo in a 2019 BBC interview.
“I don’t think the photo was taken the way it was suggested,” he told the broadcaster at the time.

“It’s a photo of a photo of a photo… No one can prove whether or not this photo has been manipulated.”

A woman makes a phone call from prison.

In a Talk TV interview with disgraced British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell from US prison, she said the well-known photo showing the Duke of York next to Virginia Giuffre was fake. Credit: Talk TV/PA/Alamy

The comments from Maxwell, who is appealing her US conviction, come as British newspapers said on Sunday Prince Andrew would seek to overturn the costly settlement he agreed with Ms Giuffre almost a year ago.

It follows that she drops a separate abuse lawsuit against prominent attorney Alan Dershowitz.
The Sun reported that Prince Andrew is consulting US attorneys Andrew Brettler and Blair Berk and is hoping to force a recantation or even an apology, which could pave the way for a royal rehabilitation.
“I can tell you with confidence that the Prince Andrew team is now considering legal options,” a “well-placed source” told the tabloid.
A representative of Prince Andrew could not be immediately reached for comment.
Due to a reported stranglehold clause in the settlement, Ms Giuffre was unable to speak publicly about the allegation, but this is expected to be due by the end of next month.
A spokesman for US attorneys David Boies and Sigrid McCawley, representing Ms. Giuffre, said neither Virginia nor her attorneys were commenting at the time.
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