GHISLAINE Maxwell knows things that implicate Prince Andrew and will be willing to name names as she is “fighting for her freedom”, two Jeffrey Epstein experts have claimed.
John Connolly, whose bestselling book Filthy Rich was turned into a hit Netflix mini series, told The Sun: “Ghislaine certainly knows things that implicate the Prince.”
Connolly also speculated that prosecutors will try to strike a deal with Maxwell in return for her testifying about Andrew’s relationship with Epstein’s underage sex slave, Virginia Giuffre.
Giuffre has alleged in a lawsuit she was recruited aged 16 by Maxwell at Trump’s Palm Beach country club, Mar-a-Lago, and alleges she had sex with the Duke, who denies all allegations of wrongdoing.
Meanwhile author Barry Levine said Maxwell, who was arrested by the FBI on Thursday on child trafficking charges, will now “open up a hornets nest” for Epstein’s powerful acquaintances including the Duke, President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton as she reveals what she knows.
“Ghislaine will be fighting for her freedom, anything to escape prosecution,” Levine, who has written a book on Epstein, ‘The Spider,’ for Penguin/Random House, said.
“No doubt she’ll be putting herself first and that opens up a hornet’s nest if she names names.
“This bust is sending Prince Andrew a powerful message from prosecutors that everyone is fair game.
“I’d also think it couldn’t come at a worse time for President Trump and former President Clinton. Just their friendships alone with Ghislaine, having all that recycled, is something neither of them wants to see.
“And, of course, there are men and women — whose names have yet to be made public — who are quaking in their boots for fear Ghislaine could link them to this sordid mess.
“Like her late father Robert Maxwell, who was fixated on control, Ghislaine right now doesn’t have any — and she’s going to fight tooth and nail to regain that control. Naming names is certainly one way to do that.”
Conolly is now writing a second book about Epstein, called The Virus, which he says will expose others in the case.
“Epstein’s nickname in Florida was The Virus,” he added.
“The wife of an insurance executive who introduced Epstein to [billionaire businessman]Les Wexner hated Epstein and called him the Virus because he infected everyone with whom he came into contact.”
He also speculates the timing of Thursday’s bust at Maxwell’s $1million New Hampshire hideout was “not coincidental”.
He claims sources told him that a reason Trump fired powerful New York prosecutor, Geoffrey Berman, was because Trump didn’t want Prince Andrew to testify.”
Berman’s successor, Audrey Strauss, has denied the claims and said that the timing of Maxwell’s arrest was “not at all” related to Trump’s firing of Berman.
Prosecutors have said they kept an eye on Maxwell’s whereabouts in the last year and arrested her when the indictment was “ready.” The Sun reached out to the US Justice Department for comment.
Many of Epstein and Maxwell’s alleged co-conspirators have been named and tracked down in recent years, but many have vanished, some even changing their names to escape the scandal.
Others have tried to distance themselves from the case.
Clinton has acknowledged taking four trips on Epstein’s plane, but has previously said he was completely unaware of the “terrible crimes” committed by the financier, who killed himself last year.
Trump once described Epstein as a “terrific guy” but changed his tune after Epstein was convicted of child sex crimes in 2008, saying he “knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him.”
“I had a falling out with him. I haven’t spoken to him in 15 years. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you,” he added.
Prince Andrew who has been accused of having sex with an underage girl he was introduced to by Epstein, has always vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
Maxwell, 58, was busted at a secluded $1.07million lavish home in Bedford, named ‘Tuckedaway’ which she secretly bought in December.
She is facing up to 35 years for allegedly conspiring with Epstein to sexually abuse minors.
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