The world was shocked and horrified to hear about the sex trafficking ring that Jeffrey Epstein ran with the help of Ghislane Maxwell, luring in underaged girls to provide sex services to various powerful men on Epstein's secret island. On July 9, 2019, Epstein was arrested in New York City on multiple charges including sex trafficking. He pleaded not guilty. Epstein was denied bail even though he offered $600,000 for the opportunity to wear an ankle device and stay in his NYC townhouse. About a month later, he was found dead in his cell and his death was reported as a suicide. However, the phrase "Jeffrey Epstein didn't kill himself" was trending all over the country and very few people believed that he actually killed himself.
Meanwhile, his accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell roamed free, until she was convincted in December 2021 of conspiracy to entice minors to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors to participate in illegal sex acts, sex trafficking conspiracy, and more. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $750,000. Maxwell, 61, is now held in a low-security prison that offers yoga and pilates classes and sells collagen elastin facials, Nutella, and smoked gouda spread. She was even able to participate in an interview with TalkTV's Jeremy Kyle Live: Ghislaine Behind Bars.
Ghislaine Maxwell Believes Jeffrey Epstein Was Murdered and Defends Prince Andrew in New Interview from Prison
If it sounds strange that an inmate is giving an interview from prison, that's because it's not done very often, if ever. But because Maxwell is held in a low-security prison, she's able to be interviewed, even on video. Maxwell still maintains her innocence and she opened up about her thoughts on Epstein's death, claiming that he was murdered.
"I don't believe he did. I believe that he was murdered," she said into the phone. "Well, I'm sure of it. I was shocked and I wondered how it had happened. I was sure he was going to appeal. I was sure he was covered under the non-prosecution agreement. But I wasn't in the indictment. I wasn’t mentioned. I wasn’t even one of the co-conspirators. I honestly wish I had never met him."
She added that she wishes she had stayed in England and been "more successful in moving on" because she was once a banker who had a future ahead of her. She said she even tried to move on at one point. "I tried to leave and start another new job and move on from the end of ’98, ’99," she said. But she ended up going back to Epstein anyway.
Then Maxwell addressed Prince Andrew's role in this sex trafficking ring. Many believe that the royal prince was a friend of Epstein, traveled to his island, and participated in the sexual abuse of young girls. But Maxwell says the photo of Prince Andrew with victim Virginia Giuffre, who testified about being a victim of the Epstein sex trafficking ring, is not real.
“I don’t believe it’s real,” Maxwell said. “In fact I’m sure it’s not … there’s never been an original. Further, there’s no photograph. I’ve only even seen a photocopy of it.
Giuffre filed a civil lawsuit against Prince Andrew in 2021, claiming that he sexually abused her when she was underaged. They settled out of court and the prince reportedly has requested for Giuffre to retract her allegations that he sexually assaulted her, even asking for her to apologize for the accusations. Maxwell says that Giuffre's story has changed multiple times and "it's very hard to know really what's true or not." She added, "“How can you rely on anything that she says?” In 2019, Prince Andrew made similar claims, saying that "it's a photograph of photograph of a photograph" and nobody can prove whether it was doctored.
Maxwell is appealing the verdict that found her guilty of sex-trafficking minors, sex-trafficking conspiracy, etc.