An infamous photo of Prince Andrew kissing his sexual abuse accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, was taken at Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home, the lady’s alleged brother said in an interview this week.
Ian Maxwell, 64, admitted to the BBC that he recognized the setting in the 2001 photo after an initial reluctance to talk about it during his first broadcast interview in 30 years, The New York Post reported. Pictured herself is Ghislaine Maxwell, 59.
“I don’t know anything about the photo other than the fact that I saw it was released,” he told the British broadcaster in the interview aired Wednesday. “I know this is of interest to your listeners, but I’m not here to talk about it nonetheless.”
Prince Andrew, who is accused of having sex with Guiffre when she was allegedly sexually trafficked by Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein as a minor, suggested the photo was fake and even denied the know.
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Giuffre, 17 at the time, has repeatedly said the photo was taken on the first night that Maxwell and Epstein, a convicted sex offender who died in prison after additional sex trafficking charges, forced her to have sex. sex with the prince.
Prince Andrew also said he did not recall going upstairs to Maxwell’s house where the photo was apparently taken.
“I recognize this setting,” confirmed Ian Maxwell after the interviewer asked, “Was he taken from Ghislaine’s house in London?”
When asked if he thinks the prince might be asked to speak as a character witness for the defense, Ian Maxwell replied that he didn’t know, adding: “We are in the process of assembling the witnesses. and so on … so I can ‘do not comment on the composition of who is going to say what to whom. “
He said he assumed his sister still considered Andrew a friend, but believed his friendship with Epstein ended around 20 years ago. He said he thought he only saw them together once, the Post reported.
“I wish she had never met the man, obviously,” he told the BBC, saying his sister suffered “brutal and degrading” treatment in solitary confinement in a detention center in New York awaiting trial for sex trafficking.
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Manhattan Assistant US Attorney Alex Rossmiller said last year she was being held in solitary confinement for her own “safety” and “the safety and proper functioning of the facility,” according to Knewz.