On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump wished Ghislaine Maxwell, a social celebrity suspected of sexual offenses, all the best.
"Honestly, I wish him all the best," Trump said.
Trump was asked in the White House coronavirus status report whether the British social media could testify about influential people as part of a possible deal with prosecutors.
According to Trump, he doesn’t know because he hasn’t followed the situation closely. However, he said he met Maxwell several times over the years, especially when Trump lived in Palm Beach, Florida.
Maxwell, 58, is a suspect in a criminal investigation into the late businessman Jeffrey Epstein. Her accusations relate, for example, to the alleged attraction and sexual exploitation of underage girls in 1994-1997.
Maxwell is known, among others, as the daughter of media emperor Robert Maxwell and as a former girlfriend of Epstein.
"I don't know Prince Andrew's situation"
According to prosecutors, Maxwell would have met the underage girls, attracted them to Epstein, and persuaded them to massage Epstein, among other things.
Prosecutors report that Maxwell was sometimes involved in suspected sexual abuse, which occurred at Maxwell’s London home as well as Epstein’s apartments in Manhattan, New York, Palm Beach, Florida, and New Mexico.
Maxwell has also been linked to British Prince Andrew, who has been embroiled in an Epstein-related scandal. Maxwell has been publicly accused of involvement in persuading a minor to have sex with Prince Andrew in 2001.
- I don't know about Prince Andrew. I just don't know. I am not aware of that, Trump assured on Tuesday when asked about Maxwell's case.
Four of Maxwell's charges relate to alleged sexual offenses. In addition to these, Maxwell has been charged with perjury. He is believed to have lied in connection with the civil lawsuit in 2016.
Maxwell has denied the sexual offenses with which he is charged and responded last week to the innocence of six charges against him.
A company celebrity awaiting trial can face up to 35 years in prison if found guilty.
Some forensic experts have estimated that Maxwell could enter into some kind of agreement with prosecutors if he provided in return evidence of illegal actions by Epstein's acquaintances.
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Epstein's death spawned conspiracy theories
Epstein died in his prison in New York last August while he waited for the trial to begin. The death of 66-year-old Epstein is considered suicide.
Jeffrey Epstein was accused of paying for sex to dozens of underage girls between 2002 and 2005. The youngest victims are suspected to be 14 years old. He himself denied his guilt. Epstein had previously been convicted of sexual offenses.
During his lifetime, he had become familiar to several characters. Over the years, Epstein had met Trump and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, among others.
However, according to the news agency AFP, there are no indications that Trump or Clinton were aware of the crimes of which Epstein was suspected.
Around Epstein’s death, several conspiracy theories have emerged in which he is believed to have been murdered so that he would not reveal aggravating information about his influential and rich acquaintances.
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