Convicted trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is insisting that the photo of Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre, who accused Andrew of molestation, is fake.
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“I don’t believe it’s real for a second,” Maxwell stated in a jailhouse interview with U.K.‘s TalkTV.
The photo in question shows Andrew wrapping his arms around Guiffre’s waist in a side hug. Giuffre was 17 at the time. The image also shows Maxwell, who appeared to be a few feet behind the two.
When the photo surfaced, it became a crucial reference point in Giuffre’s claim against Andrew. Now, Maxwell is not only saying she doesn’t remember that photo being taken — but she also states that she doesn’t remember Giuffre and Andrew meeting. She added that she has no recollection of Giuffre being in her home, even though the photo appears to be taken in her home.
Maxwell, who is in a Florida prison serving a 20-year term for procuring girls for intercourse, also pointed out that there is no actual photograph. “I’ve only ever seen a photocopy of it,” she said, casting further doubts at the photo’s authenticity.
Giuffre accused Andrew of forcing intimacy with her when she was 17 years old and a minor, per U.S. law. According to her, the violation happened frequently in London and New York.
Giuffre also revealed that she was being exploited for intercourse at the time by Maxwell and partner Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019 while awaiting trial for trafficking crimes.
Andrew denied the allegations through his lawyers, who alleged that Giuffre’s claim was bogus and only motivated by money.
He attempted to get a judge to throw out the case, but when that failed, he opted to reach a settlement in the lawsuit. While the amount was not publicly stated, it is reported to be about $12 million. However, the prince might be looking at overturning the settlement, according to reports.
The Daily Mail reports that Andrew is seeking to get Giuffre to overturn her allegations against him after she dropped her lawsuit against another person she said she must have wrongly identified. In November, she had retrieved her claim that former Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz was one of the men Epstein forced her to have intercourse with.
That news of the prince’s attempts to overturn the deal has had no confirmation from Buckingham Palace or any of Andrew’s lawyers. However, it is unlikely that the case would change his royal status in light of King Charles’ promise that his exile from royal life is permanent.