Ghislaine Maxwell, left, will raise her legal fund to more than $10 million by selling the house (Pictures: Rex Features/Getty Images)
Maxwell, 59, has been in a New York jail since last July, when she was arrested on charges of sex trafficking for convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Now, to pay for her upcoming trial in July she has to sell what was her ‘refuge’.
The home, on Kinnerton Street in Belgravia, is where the infamous photograph showing Prince Andrew with his arm around Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre was taken.
Ms Giuffre claims she was taken to the property in 2001 and forced to have sex with the Duke of York when she was 17 years old.
Prince Andrew has categorically denied he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre, and said in his BBC Newsnight interview that the photo might have been faked.
Maxwell’s spokesperson, Brian Basham, told The Daily Telegraph that although the British socialite had already set aside $7 million (£5.02 million) for her legal defence, she will still need to sell her house.
The sale will bring her legal funds up to more than $10 million (£7.17 million).
Mr Basham said: ‘Ghislaine will be sad to see the house sold. She is devastated by all this. She will have a lot of good memories. She will be terribly sad to sell the house. It was her refuge in London.’
Ghislaine Maxwell’s house is on Kinnerton Street, in Belgravia, just a few minutes away from Hyde Park (Picture: Rex Features)
Maxwell’s Belgravia house is where this photograph showing Prince Andrew holding Virginia Roberts Giuffre was purportedly taken (Picture: Rex Features)
Maxwell will face trial for six charges in connection with sex trafficking in July (Picture: FilmMagic)
Maxwell has been accused of ordering a ‘room full of underage girls’ to sexually perform for Epstein, stealing a 15-year-old’s passport after the child refused to have sex with Epstein and more.
Epstein supposedly enjoyed a turnstyle of 100 ‘massage therapists’, who he manipulated and abused, while Maxwell was allegedly in the mansion.
Maxwell denies recruiting and grooming girls for the paedophile and her family has protested both her innocence and her treatment in custody.
Her brother, Ian Maxwell, previously told The Daily Telegraph that the US’s legal system is ‘simply bizarre’ and ‘quite frankly, cruel’.
His sister is purportedly subjected to sleep deprivation, being given inedible food, and being ‘physically abused’ by a jail guard while under 24/7 suicide watch which includes wearing paper clothes so she cannot hang herself the way Epstein did.
In February her attorney wrote a letter to complain about these alleged conditions as her team continued to work on several applications for bail which have all been denied.
Prosecutors had previously claimed that Maxwell has a shower to herself, has her own phone, has access to computers and a TV and is allowed out of solitary confinement for up to 13 hours a day.
Maxwell will face trial for six different charges on July 2 this year. She faces up to 35 years in prison if she is convicted.
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