‘We had lot in common’: Ghislaine Maxwell opens up on ‘special friendship’ with Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew
Ghislaine Maxwell expressed her heartbreak at the termination of her "special friendship" with former President Bill Clinton and said she feels "so bad" for her "dear friend," Prince Andrew, as reported by New York Post. She allegedly bemoaned the fact that renowned friends have been harmed due to their relationship with her and the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein during a series of jailhouse interviews for a future television documentary. Maxwell has been convicted on sex trafficking charges.
Among them was the 42nd president, Clinton, whose already soiled reputation was made worse by the revelation that he traveled aboard Lolita Express, Epstein's infamous private jet. “It was a special friendship, which continued over the years,” Maxwell said of her close ties with Clinton according to reports by New York Post. “We had lots in common. I feel bad that he is another victim, only because of his association with Jeffrey,” she told documentary filmmaker Daphne Barak, according to The Sun. “I understand that he, like others, can no longer consider me as a friend,” she said. The same held true for UK royal Prince Andrew, 62, who was relieved of his royal duties and stripped of the title His Royal Highness due to his scandalous connections to both her and Epstein. Barak was allegedly informed by Maxwell about King Charles's younger brother, “I accept that this friendship could not survive my conviction.” He is paying such a price for the association with Jeffrey Epstein. I consider him a dear friend. I care about him, and I feel so bad for him,” she told the filmmaker for an upcoming CBS-Paramount+ special. When asked if she could picture them ever becoming friends once more, she acquiesced, “I don’t have an expectation," reports New York Post.
Nevertheless, the convicted sex trafficker supported her royal friend's much-mocked assertion that the photograph showing him cuddling his then-teenage sex accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, was fake in a series of face-to-face interviews beginning when Maxwell was still in detention in Brooklyn. “At this time, I no longer believe that to be a true image, and I don’t believe that it is what it appears to be,” she told Barak according to other excerpts published by the Daily Mail. “There are over 50 problems with the picture … So I don’t believe it’s a true picture,” Maxwell allegedly insisted, saying she would be “happy” to elaborate “as soon as my appeal is over." Maxwell defended her innocence and said that she had been wrongly painted as a "wicked witch" in the lead-up to the trial. “I have read and seen and heard and had reported to me so many monstrous inaccuracies that I can’t even start to pick apart all of them,” she insisted, again stressing she would be “super-happy to address” them “after the appeal.”
Before the Manhattan federal court trial that resulted in her being sentenced to 20 years in prison, she singled out then-President Donald Trump as one of the few prepared to have an open mind regarding the allegations. “We knew each other and mingled in the same circles, in New York, Palm Beach. I was very grateful when he wished me well,” she said of Trump’s comments after she was arrested. “He got bad media for it, but he dared, while others didn’t. I was honored he remembered me. Well, he is known to say what he thinks. It gave me a big boost,” she said according to reports by the Insider. Maxwell allegedly criticized the attacks on "many people" surrounding her, saying they had been "paid a very heavy price by the cancel culture." She argued that these attacks were only motivated by guilt for being associated with Epstein. “I said in my court statement that meeting Epstein was the greatest mistake of my life,” she said. “And obviously, if I could go back today, I would avoid meeting him, and I would make different choices.” In fact, she insisted, there are likely “many women who can identify with my story.” “Many have either fallen in love with or had relationships with men that in hindsight they look back on and say ‘What was I thinking?'” she said. “I imagine there’s not a woman on the planet who would not think that about one or other of their boyfriends," reported the New York Post.
She continued complaining about the jail's conditions while also alleging that another inmate had planned to "murder" her during their conversations, as per reports by New York Post. For a long time, Prince Andrew has maintained that he was unaware of Epstein's lewd behavior. He avoided admitting culpability when he reached a reported $12 million settlement with Giuffre earlier this year. On the other hand, Clinton allegedly "knows nothing about the serious crimes Jeffrey Epstein" was associated with, according to a long-standing claim made by Clinton's spokesman. Prior to Epstein's arrest and passing in 2019, he claimed to have only flown on his jet a few times, always with his Secret Service detail by his side, and to have "not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade."