Disgraced British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has claimed that authorities allowed Jeffrey Epstein to die.
Conspiracies abounded after Epstein was found dead in a New York jail ahead of a trial on sex trafficking charges in 2019.
Maxwell, 61, who was convicted of sex offences for her part in Epstein’s sex abuse ring, has previously said she believes the disgraced billionaire had been murdered in jail, according to her brother Ian Maxwell.
The latest claim from Maxwell, made from a Florida jail, will feature in an interview with Jeremy Kyle tonight at 7pm on TalkTV.
Ms Giuffre sued Andrew on claims he sexually assaulted her when she was 17 – which he vehemently denied, saying he had never met her. The duke went on to pay millions to settle a civil sexual assault case to Ms Giuffre.
Speaking from prison in the US, Maxwell said she is “sure” the picture, thought to have been taken at her Mayfair home, is not real.
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre photo ‘is fake'
Media’s Ghislaine isn’t me, says Maxwell
‘They let Epstein die’, claims Ghislaine Maxwell
12:08 , Liam James
Ghislaine Maxwell said authorities let Jeffrey Epstein die.
The disgraced billionaire was found dead in his prison cell in 2019 while awaiting a trial for sex trafficking charges.
Speaking to Jeremy Kyle on his TalkTV programme, Maxwell, the billionaire’s former girlfriend, was asked to address Epstein’s victims.
Speaking from jail, she said: “I say that Epstein died and they should take their disappointment and upset out on the authorities who allowed that to happen.”
“And as I said I hope they have some closure by the judicial process that took place.”
‘I feel completely divorced’ from media’s Ghislaine, says Maxwell
09:50 , Liam James
Ghislaine Maxwell said she feels “completely divorced” from the image of herself in the media.
In a teaser for the jailed socialite’s interview with Jeremy Kyle, to be aired at 7pm tonight, Maxwell suggests she does not relate to “the person that people talk about”.
09:03 , Liam James
Ghislaine Maxwell is reportedly teaching etiquette lessons to other prisoners in Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution.
In June 2022, Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $750,000 for helping sex offender and billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein abuse teenage girls.
Now, as Prisoner 02879-509, she is instructing her fellow inmates to “maintain high moral standards” and impress in a job interview.
Bevan Hurley takes a look at Maxwell’s life inside:
Prince Andrew’s fall from grace as Queen’s ‘favourite’ son
08:00 , Sravasti Dasgupta
Once second in line to the throne and widely purported to be the Queen’s “favourite” child, Prince Andrew has suffered a sharp fall from grace over the last decade.
Before her death, the Queen was often said to be particularly fond of her middle child, but he has been plagued by a string of controversies.
Chiara Giordano has more:
Harry mentions Prince Andrew scandal in new book, reports claim
07:30 , Sravasti Dasgupta
Prince Harry has reportedly referred to the scandal involving “Uncle Andrew” in his book Spare.
In the book, Harry reportedly wrote that Meghan worried their family would be left unprotected after they moved to Montecito, California.
He reassured her, writing in his book: “Never. Not in this climate of hate. Not after what happened to my mother [Princess Diana]. Also, not in the wake of my Uncle Andrew.”
“He was embroiled in a shameful scandal, accused of the sexual assault of a young woman and no one had so much suggested that he lose his security. Whatever grievances people had against us, sex crimes weren’t on the list,” the excerpt read.
Maanya Sachdeva reports:
Prince Andrew paid Virginia Giuffre to settle sexual assault case
07:00 , Sravasti Dasgupta
In March Prince Andrew paid his financial settlement to Virginia Giuffre following a seven-month case in which he was accused of sexually abusing her when she was 17.
The Duke of York, who denies any wrongdoing, faced calls to confirm how he funded the multimillion-pound out-of-court settlement – which is reported to be as much as £12m.
Prince Andrew: Who is the royal and where is he in line to the throne?
06:30 , Sravasti Dasgupta
Last January, after Prince Andrew was accused of sexual assault by Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre, he was stripped of his HRH title.
Andrew has vehemently and continuously denied these claims.
In September the Duke of York was granted an exception to wear his military uniform for the Queen’s funeral, despite no longer being a working member of the royal family.
Katie O’Malley, Saman Javed report on who the prince is:
Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre says she was wrong to accuse Alan Dershowitz of sexual abuse
06:00 , Sravasti Dasgupta
Last year Virginia Giuffre admitted she might have been wrong to accuse Alan Dershowitz of sexual abuse in a new court filing, bringing to an end a three-year legal battle between the pair.
Read this November report by Bevan Hurley:
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre photo is fake, says Ghislaine Maxwell
05:30 , Sravasti Dasgupta
Disgraced British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has said that the well-known photo showing the Duke of York next to Virginia Giuffre is fake.
Speaking from prison in the US, Maxwell, who was convicted of sex trafficking and has previously cast doubt on the authenticity of the photo, said she is “sure” the picture is not real.
In an interview with TalkTV, due to be aired on Monday evening, Maxwell said: “It’s a fake. I don’t believe it’s real for a second, in fact I’m sure it’s not.”
She added: “Well, there’s never been an original, and further there’s no photograph, and I’ve only ever seen a photocopy of it.”
Prince Andrew ‘plotting bid to overturn £3m settlement with accuser Virginia Giuffre’
04:31 , Sravasti Dasgupta
Prince Andrew is weighing up a legal bid to overturn the multimillion-pound settlement reached with a woman who accused him of sexual assault, and even force an apology, reports say.
The Duke of York was accused of sexual assault by late billionaire Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre who alleged that she was forced to have sex with Andrew aged 17 by the financier and jailed socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
Andrew has vehemently denied these claims.
Emily Atkinson reports: