Ghislaine Maxwell: Intimate details of personal life released in sworn testimony

Verity Bowman
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Ghislaine Maxwell attends BOBBI BROWN "Living Beauty" Book Launch hosted by TORY BURCH at Tory Burch Residence on March 13, 2007 - Patrick Mcmullan 
Ghislaine Maxwell attends BOBBI BROWN "Living Beauty" Book Launch hosted by TORY BURCH at Tory Burch Residence on March 13, 2007 - Patrick Mcmullan

Ghislaine Maxwell strongly denied introducing Prince Andrew to underage partners, repeatedly calling the Duke of York's accuser a "liar" and "fantasist".

In comments made under oath in 2016, released for the first time after a long legal battle, Maxwell claimed she did not remember taking Virginia Giuffre, aged 17 at the time, out for a night of clubbing with Andrew in London.

"Her tissue of lies is extremely hard to pick apart what is true and what isn't," she said in a combative deposition for a 2016 defamation case, which was unsealed on Thursday.

Watch: Court releases transcript of Ghislaine Maxwell’s deposition from 2016

Maxwell, the British socialite, claimed she did not remember the first time she and Ms Giuffre met, and said that the American "lied repeatedly" about her interactions with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

In a revealing deposition that accusers have campaigned to make public, Maxwell stated that she was paid less than $500,000 by Epstein for her work assisting him and that she "would have remembered if it was $1 million".

Maxwell, long accused of acting as a 'madam' for Epstein also said that she "liked to think of herself as Epstein's girlfriend" at one stage of their relationship. Follow our live blog for updates on the documents as they come.

"I can't testify to what the government found or did not find because I would have no knowledge of it."

Jeffrey Epstein - New York State Sex Offender Registry

Jeffrey Epstein - New York State Sex Offender Registry 
Jeffrey Epstein - New York State Sex Offender Registry

At the time of her arrest in New Hampshire in the US, investigators found she had $20m spread out over more than a dozen banks across the world.

It is clear she had vast wealth, but it was never apparent how much of that was inherited and how much given to her by the financier.

In the newly released documents we can see her answering a question on this.Maxwell, asked about what her salary was at the time she stopped working for Epstein in 2009, says: "It was under $500,000 and I did it out of thoughtfulness and consideration for somebody who was in trouble. I'd remember if it was over one million."

She claims to have stopped working with Epstein regularly after 2006, when he was indicted in Florida. But she says she returned to help him in 2009 after his mother died as she was a “loyal person”.

"I'm a very loyal person and Jeffrey was very good to me when my father passed away and I believe that you need to be a good friend in people's hour of need and I felt that it was a very thoughtful, nice thing for me to do to help in very limited fashion," she testifies.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein - Davidoff Studios Photography

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein - Davidoff Studios Photography 
Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein - Davidoff Studios Photography

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who claims she was trafficked by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein - Television Stills

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who claims she was trafficked by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein - Television Stills
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who claims she was trafficked by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein - Television Stills

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell - Patrick McMullan

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell - Patrick McMullan 
Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell - Patrick McMullan