Ghislaine Maxwell says she feels for her 'dear friend' Andrew in prison interview

Ghislaine Maxwell says she feels for Prince Andrew
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Convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell has spoken from her prison cell saying she feels sorry for her "dear friend Andrew."

Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this year for helping the sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.

The British socialite, 60, was convicted in December for recruiting and grooming four girls to have sexual encounters with Epstein, her boyfriend, between 1994 and 2004.

Maxwell spoke to Daphne Barak for an interview published on a number of websites. 

"Yes, I follow what is happening to him [Prince Andrew],' Maxwell told Barak in the Daily Mail. "He is paying such a price for the association with Jeffrey Epstein. I care about him, and I feel so bad for him."

"I consider him a dear friend. I care about him."

In the interview, Maxwell also claims the infamous picture of Andrew with 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre was doctored.  

In February this year, Prince Andrew settled a lawsuit with Giuffre accusing him of sexually abusing her when she was a teenager and also being abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein. 

Andrew, 61, denied Giuffre's accusations that he forced her to have sex more than two decades ago at a London home of Maxwell, and abused her at two Epstein properties. Giuffre, 38, has been one of Epstein's and Maxwell's most prominent accusers.

 "But I have come to discover that image I don’t believe is true. And the original has never been produced because it doesn’t exist. I don’t believe that image is a true image," she told Barak in The Sun. 

Maxwell also said meeting Epstein was the "greatest mistake of my life." 

"And obviously, if I could go back today, I would avoid meeting him, and I would make different choices," she told Barak in The Sun.