Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother all but confirmed that the notorious photo of Prince Andrew with the royal’s sex accuser is set in the alleged madam’s house — and refused to rule out Andrew being called as a witness at her trial.
Ian Maxwell, 64, initially tried to brush off discussing the photo that Andrew has suggested is a fake when quizzed about it Wednesday during his first broadcast interview in more than 30 years.
“I don’t know anything about the photograph other than that I’ve seen it’s been published … I know it’s of interest to your listeners, but nonetheless I am not here to talk about that,” Maxwell told the BBC.
He was pressed further, however, and was asked, “But do you recognize the setting of that? Was it taken in Ghislaine’s house in London?”
“I do recognize that setting,” Maxwell confirmed.
The image, showing the disgraced royal with his arm around Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s waist with Ghislaine smiling behind them, is highly contentious because Andrew has repeatedly denied knowing Giuffre.
He also said he does not recall ever going to the upstairs of Maxwell’s then-London home, where the image is said to have been taken in 2001.
Giuffre was 17 at the time — and has repeatedly claimed in interviews and court documents that it was the night Ghislaine Maxwell and late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein first made her have sex with the prince.
Asked bluntly if it is “possible that Prince Andrew is called as a witness in Ghislaine’s defense,” Maxwell said, “I can’t answer that. I just don’t know.”
As for whether his sister “considers [Andrew] as a friend still,” Maxwell said, “I would assume that she does, yes.”
This is an excerpt from the New York Post.
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