Ghislaine Maxwell is selling her London home, where Prince Andrew was infamously photographed with a Jeffrey Epstein accuser, to raise money for legal costs, her spokesperson said.
The sale of the British socialite’s apartment on Kinnerton Street in London’s posh Belgravia neighborhood is nearing completion, spokesman Brian Basham told the Wall Street Journal.
He refused to identify the buyer or the sale price.
The estimated value of the elegant abode, which is located just a couple of blocks south of Hyde Park, is £ 1.9 million – roughly $ 2.7 million, according to UK real estate website The Move Market. It was last sold in 1997.
Other properties in Belgravia have sold for between $ 3.6 million and $ 11.2 million in the last two years.
The lucrative deal would add to the $ 7 million Maxwell has already put into his defense fund, bringing the total to more than $ 10 million, Basham told the Telegraph.
“Ghislaine will be sad to see the house sold,” Basham told the outlet. “She is devastated by all of this. You will have many good memories. She will be terribly sad to sell the house. It was his refuge in London. “
Epstein’s accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, claims she was taken to Maxwell’s London home in 2001 and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 years old.
A photo of the couple taken at home, with Maxwell smiling in the background, has appeared frequently as news of Epstein’s alleged sex crimes broke out around the world.
Prince Andrew has denied the claims.
Both Andrew and Ian Maxwell, Ghislaine’s brother, have also suggested that the now-famous photo is a fake.
The sale of Maxwell’s house is finally close to being finalized after he struggled in February when his bank, Barclays, closed his account a day after lawyers deposited £ 130,000 (about $ 180,000), the Wall Street reported. Journal.
The deposit represented an initial deposit from the buyer.
In a letter reviewed by the Journal, Barclays warned the buyer not to put the bank in a position where it “could violate a law, regulation, code or other duty.”
Ian Maxwell accused Barclays of closing his sister’s account as a way to protect its CEO, Jes Staley, who had visited the famous Caribbean island of Epstein in the past.
But Basham said the Maxwell family found a way to finalize the deal.
“We have no idea what Staley did with Epstein, but whatever it is, it’s his problem and he shouldn’t bring up his problems with my sister,” Ian Maxwell told the Journal. “Staley is playing Pontius Pilate with my sister’s life.”
Maxwell has been in federal custody in Brooklyn since his arrest last July on charges that he helped recruit and groom young women and girls to have sex with Epstein. Prosecutors have also alleged that she herself participated in some of the abuses.
His trial is scheduled to begin in federal court in Manhattan in July.
Epstein, 66, hanged himself while behind bars in Manhattan in 2019, about a month after being arrested on sex trafficking charges.
Additional reporting by Mary K. Jacob