British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell wishes she had ‘never met’ disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The 61-year-old was sentenced to 20 years in a US prison last year after being found guilty of luring young girls into massage rooms between 1994 and 2004 so Epstein could molest them.
In an interview for TalkTV’s Jeremy Kyle Live: Ghislaine Behind Bars, which aired Monday night, Maxwell also said she believes Epstein was murdered.
Epstein was found dead in his cell at a Manhattan federal prison in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
His death was ruled a suicide.
Maxwell said, “I think he was murdered. I was shocked. Then I wondered how it had happened, because as far as I was concerned, he would… I was sure he would appeal. And I was certain that he was covered by the non-prosecution agreement.
“But I wasn’t on the charge. I wasn’t mentioned. I wasn’t even one of the co-conspirators.
“I really wish I had never met him.
“Looking back now, I probably wish I had stayed in England. But other than that, you know, I tried to leave and get another new job and move on from late ’98, ’99.
“So I wish I had moved on more successfully… Because I was a banker, so I should have moved on completely.”
Maxwell said she “didn’t know” Epstein was “that horrible” — although he “obviously is now, in hindsight of course looking back.”
She added: “But he had a lot of friends back then. He’s been friends with almost everyone you can imagine. There was no reason to assume he was someone of interest to people.”
Maxwell also said that the well-known photo showing the Duke of York next to Virginia Giuffre was a fake.
The photo is said to have been taken at Maxwell’s home in Mayfair and shows Andrew with his arm around Ms Giuffre.
Maxwell said, “Well, it’s a fake. I don’t think it’s real. In fact, I’m sure it wasn’t… There never was an original. Also, there is no photo; I only saw a photocopy of it.
“I don’t think it happened, certainly in the way it was described. It would have been impossible. I have no recollection of going to the (private nightclub) Tramp (where Ms. Guiffre said Andrew danced with her).
“Certainly it’s not an outfit I would have worn.”
Ms Giuffre sued Andrew for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 after being trafficked by Epstein, a former partner of Maxwell.
Andrew has also questioned the validity of the picture of him with wife Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts.
The Duke continued to pay millions to settle a civil sexual assault case against Ms Giuffre – a woman he allegedly never met.
He previously said he had “no recollection” of meeting Ms Giuffre and cast doubt on the picture, claiming he’s “not the one who ‘huggs’ or ‘shows affection’ in public.”
In an interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019, Andrew said while he recognized himself in the picture with Ms Giuffre, he claimed it was not possible to prove if the picture was fake.
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/ghislaine-maxwell-i-wish-i-had-never-met-jeffrey-epstein-42308935.html Ghislaine Maxwell: ‘I wish I had never met Jeffrey Epstein’