Ghislaine Maxwell is certain that Prince Andrew picture with Virginia Giuffre is fake
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Ghislaine Maxwell has revealed she is certain the infamous Prince Andrew photo with Virginia Giuffre is fake, having spoken out from prison for the first time since being incarcerated.
Maxwell, 61, is currently behind bars at the Federal Correctional Institute Tallahassee in Florida, a low security prison where she is serving her 20-year sentence.
The former socialite was jailed last year for luring teenage girls for convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, having been found guilty of sex trafficking minors, conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
In a new interview with TalkTV, which airs tonight (Monday 23 January), Maxwell speaks about the famous photo that supposedly captures an encounter between herself, Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre – the latter of whom sued the royal for sexual assault, before the case was eventually settled out of court for £12 million.
The image is believed to have been taken inside her Mayfair home, but Maxwell said it could not have been taken in London as Prince Andrew was wearing his 'travelling clothes'.
In a clip released ahead of the broadcast, Maxwell tells presenter Jeremy Kyle in a phone call from prison: "It's a fake. I don't believe it's real for a second, in fact I'm sure it's not."
Maxwell added: "Well, there's never been an original and further there's no photograph, and I've only ever seen a photocopy of it."
She also discussed her public image and fall from grace, admitting she feels removed from the woman people hear about in the press.
“I feel completely divorced from the person that people reference and talk about in all the various newspaper articles and TV shows and podcasts,” Maxwell said.
TalkTV said that the hour-long special, which was filmed through a series of video and taped audio phone calls from her prison, also sees Maxwell make some ‘startling revelations about her relationship with Epstein’, also talking candidly about life as a prisoner, her friendship with Bill Clinton and her regrets in life.
Maxwell also addresses the victims of her crimes – as well as her hopes for an appeal.
Kyle described the interview as ‘utterly fascinating’, saying: “It’s the first time she has been seen and heard since she was sentenced to 20 years in jail.
“In Jeremy Kyle Live: Ghislaine Behind Bars she talks about her relationship with Epstein and Prince Andrew and much, much more. You’ll have to tune in on Monday night at 7pm on TalkTV but there are lots of secrets and some quite extraordinary confessions. It really is a must-watch.”