Ghislaine Maxwell
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Ghislaine Maxwell is in talk with US TV networks over an interview.
A woman accused of being a pimp for Jeffrey Epstein is to defend her friend Prince Andrew.

Ghislaine Maxwell is believed to be in talks with US TV networks about an interview in which she will speak in favour of the Duke of York.

The 57-year-old, who is the daughter of disgraced billionaire Robert Maxwell, will say that Virginia Guiffre, formerly Roberts, is lying when she claims Prince Andrew slept with her when she was 17.

A source told The Sun: "Ghislaine is in hiding and knows the only way to stop being hunted is to speak on her own terms.

"She will do a sit-down interview with a big US network and defend the duke. Apparently, she'll say Virginia Giuffre is lying and Andrew never had sex with her."

Ms Maxwell has been accused by Ms Guiffre of sleeping with dozen of women as well as procuring girls for the now dead Epstein.

In court papers investigators are recording as asking the 35-year-old: "It is your contention Ghislaine Maxwell had sex with underage girls virtually every day, correct?"

Ms Guiffre said: "Yes. There's a lot of girls that were involved."

Since question marks were first raised about Prince Andrew's relationship with the then teenager he has kept in contact with Ms Maxwell.

News of the planned interview comes as a second "credible" witness has come forward claiming she saw Prince Andrew dancing with Epstein's "sex slave" in a London nightclub.

Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents five victims of the royal's former pal Epstein, says she has spoken with the witnesses who allege they saw Andrew in Tramp nightclub in March 2001.

The Duke, 59, vehemently denied Ms Giuffre's allegations as he appeared on BBC Newsnight.

He said that on the night she alleges they were together he had been to Pizza Express with his daughter, Beatrice and then stayed at home all night.

Ms Bloom told the Mail on Sunday: "The first woman, a Londoner, contacted me after she saw Prince Andrew's interview.

"She was very disappointed that he denied knowing Virginia and denied being at the nightclub. That's what spurred her to come forward. No-one should be above the law."