Ghislaine Maxwell repeatedly claimed that a photo of Prince Andrew holding his arm around Virginia Giuffre was “fake”
The 61 year-old spoke from a Florida prison where she is currently serving a 20-year sentence for luring young girls into massage rooms to be molest by Jeffrey Epstein, a disgraced financier.
The British socialite and disgraced British politician has previously questioned the authenticity of the photo. It was taken in her Mayfair home and shows her smiling in the background.
She said it in clips released before a TalkTV interview. It’s not real. In fact, I doubt it.
She continues: “Well, there has never been an original, furthermore there is no photograph, and it’s the only photocopy I’ve ever seen.”
Prince Andrew also doubted the authenticity of the photo of him with Ms Giuffre, and said that he “never hugged” or “display affection in public.”
Before the case was settled outside court, Ms Giuffre (formerly Virginia Roberts) used the image to support her accusations against the prince.
According to reports in The Sun and Mail on Sunday, the duke , who paid millions to settle civil sexual assault case, is now investigating ways to reverse the settlement.
He denied all claims and said he had never met Ms Giuffre.
Ms Giuffre filed a lawsuit against the Duke for allegedly sexually assaulting and torturing her at 17 when she was trafficked to Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender who was also formerly partnered with Maxwell.
Epstein, who was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, was found dead in his Manhattan federal jail cell in August 2019. His suicide was ruled.
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Andrew stated that he recognizes himself in the photo, but it was impossible to determine if the image was faked in a BBC Newsnight interview in 2019.
He said that the photo could not have been taken at London because he was wearing “travelling clothes”.
Ms Giuffre stated to BBC Panorama that the photo was authentic and she had given the original to FBI in 2011.
Maxwell initially doubted the authenticity of the photo during a deposition.
She claimed that the scene in the photo was “familiar”, but she also stated that it wasn’t possible to establish the photograph.