In her first interview since being sentenced to 20 years in prison in June, Ghislaine Maxwell bonded with people who would no doubt prefer she didn’t – and admitted she had regrets.
Speaking to journalist Daphne Barak, the now jailed former British socialite and sex trafficker described Prince Andrew as a “dear friend”, adding that she “feels so bad for him”.
“I accept that this friendship could not survive my sentencing,” she said. “He pays such a price for the association. I consider him a dear friend. I care about him.
The disgraced British royal has been careful to distance himself from Maxwell, who helped groom the girls for late sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein. This includes an American woman who accused Andrew of sexually assaulting her when she was 17.
Epstein died by suicide in 2019 while imprisoned awaiting trial. Maxwell said she was shocked by the death, which she found “suspicious”.
Maxwell also said she was grateful to Donald Trump for wishing her well after his arrest for helping underage girls traffic, which she said gave her “a big boost”.
“I was very touched that he remembered me and wished me luck,” she said. “And I was very touched by his memory of me.”
Asked by Barak if she had made any mistakes, Maxwell said the answer was “obviously” to meet with Epstein.
But when asked if she considered herself a victim, Maxwell was evasive.
“I don’t particularly like the word victim,” she says. “I think it’s something to be used very sparingly because, you know, today everyone is a victim of something, a victim of the pandemic, a victim of inflation. I heard victim, the word victim used about things that I… I don’t like that word.
The interview, part of which was published by Barak for the UK Mail on Sunday, will also feature in an upcoming special on Paramount+.