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US President knows Ghislaine Maxwell : Trump wishes ex-lover of sex criminal Epstein "all the best"

US President Donald Trump wished Ghislaine Maxwell, the ex-partner of the sex crimes convicted and now deceased businessman Jeffrey Epstein, "all the best".

Trump has met Maxwell "many times over the years" in Palm Beach, Florida, where he has his luxury resort Mar-a-Lago. "I wish her all the best, whatever it is," said Trump.

The daughter of the late British media mogul Robert Maxwell was arrested in early July in the US state of New Hampshire. The trial against her has been running since mid-July. The US federal prosecutor's office accuses her of having recruited underage girls for Epstein, who were then sexually abused by the investment banker.

Trump had been asked at the press conference whether he expected Maxwell to unpack about "powerful men" who are said to be involved in the scandal. Trump said he didn't really follow the case. He also knew nothing about the situation of the British Prince Andrew, who had known Maxwell and Epstein for years. The 60-year-old Royal denies being involved in the case.

Even after Epstein's arrest last year, Trump had distanced himself from the sex criminal who was later convicted. In July, when asked by a journalist, Trump said that he knew Epstein "like everyone else in Palm Beach knew him."

He then added, according to the New York Times, “I had a falling out with him. I haven't spoken to him in 15 years. I was never a fan of his, I can tell you. ”It is still unclear what exactly the rift between Trump and Epstein should have been.

Trump contradicts himself in statements about Epstein

However, the statements did not match Trump's statements from 2002 at all. At that time, Trump had called Epstein a "stunning guy" to "New York Magazine". “You have a lot of fun with him. He likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are younger than him. "

Jeffrey Epstein is said to have never been a regular at Trump's luxury resort Mar-a-Lago, but he was treated like a close friend by the current US President. This fits an anecdote that George Houraney, a Florida businessman, told the New York Times last year.

In 1992 Houraney was invited to Trump's luxury resort for a "calendar girl" competition. However, the only two guests next to him were Trump and Epstein. "I said: Donald, this should be a party with V.I.P.'s," says Houraney. "And tell me it's you and Epstein?"

In the 1990s and 2000s, Trump and Epstein were photographed together several times in Mar-a-Lago - also accompanied by women. Trump, among other things, with his current wife Melania. Epstein with his then lover Ghislaine Maxwell.

Maxwell is charged with a total of six charges in the ongoing trial, including seducing minors into illegal sex acts and perjury. Each of the charges has a maximum sentence of five to ten years in prison.

A New York judge ruled last week that the 58-year-old must remain in custody until her trial begins in one year.

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According to the investigators, Maxwell is said to have been partly involved in the abuse himself. The youngest victim was 14 years old, according to the prosecutor. The allegations against Maxwell relate to three alleged victims and the period between 1994 and 1997. Maxwell denies the allegations and has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, she faces up to 35 years imprisonment.

Maxwell's arrest was a spectacular development in the Epstein case. The multimillionaire is said to have sexually abused underage girls and young women and incited them into prostitution for years.

The investment banker was arrested in July 2019 and found dead in his Manhattan prison cell in August. According to the US Department of Justice, the 66-year-old committed suicide. (dpa, AFP, Tsp)

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