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Prince Andrew’s former friend Ghislaine Maxwell says Jeffrey Epstein was murdered in US prison

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Prince Andrew’s former friend Ghislaine Maxwell says Jeffrey Epstein was murdered in US prison

Prince Andrew’s former friend Ghislaine Maxwell has claimed disgraced late US financier Jeffrey Epstein was murdered in prison.

In an interview with a British broadcaster aired on Monday, the Oxford-educated daughter of late British press baron Robert Maxwell is jailed in a Florida penitentiary after her conviction and 20-year sentence for helping Epstein sexually abuse girls.

Epstein, who was facing charges of trafficking underage girls, escaped trial by killing himself in a New York jail in August 2019.

The autopsy concluded suicide by hanging, although the 66-year-old’s sudden death has fueled widespread controversy and conspiracy theories.

“I believe he was murdered,” former socialite Maxwell said in the prison interview series broadcast on TalkTV in Britain. “I was shocked. Then I wondered how it happened.”

A medical examiner hired by Epstein’s brother said in 2019 that evidence suggested he had been murdered, arguing that multiple fractures found in his neck were “highly unusual for a suicide”.

The US Department of Justice conducted a years-long investigation into how Epstein may have hanged himself inside New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, but has released no evidence of foul play.

Two on-duty prison guards who admitted to falsifying records related to the night of his death were charged later in 2019 for their alleged failure to guard him.

But federal prosecutors dismissed the charges in late 2021 after the couple completed community service work under a previous legal settlement. (WebDesk/AFP)

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