Convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell claims Prince Andrew photo with accuser is 'fake'

The Duke of York in 2019 denied recalling meeting Giuffre and said the photograph may have been edited.

Updated: January 23, 2023 - 10:14am

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Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre, 2001
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    Convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell said in an interview set to air Monday that the photograph of Prince Andrew with Virginia Giuffre, who accused the royal of raping her as a teenager, is likely a "fake" and that she has "no memory" of introducing the two. 

    "I don't believe it's real for a second," Maxwell said about the infamous photo of Prince Andrew and his accuser at her London home in 2001 in her first interview from prison, according to British outlet TalkTV.

    "In fact, I'm sure it's not," she said. "Well, there's never been an original, and further, there's no photograph. I've only ever seen a photocopy of it."

    Prince Andrew reached an undisclosed settlement with Giuffre in February 2022 after she alleged that he abused and raped her three times in 2001.

    Andrew was associated with Maxwell's one-time boyfriend who died inside a New York City jail in 2019 awaiting trial on sex-offense charges.

    The Duke of York in 2019 denied recalling meeting Giuffre and said the photograph may have been edited, according to The Guardian.

    The interview has reportedly encouraged Prince Andrew to consult with attorneys about forcing a retraction of the settlement, The Sun reported