Epstein ex Maxwell denied getting Prince Andrew sex partners

FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, Audrey Strauss, acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference, in New York. Transcripts released Thursday show the ex-girlfriend of financier Jeffrey Epstein was combative and defensive under tough questioning four years ago about her ex-boyfriends interactions with underage girls. Ghislaine Maxwell said she "never saw any inappropriate underage activities with Jeffrey ever." (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

NEW YORK – Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend denied introducing Britain’s Prince Andrew to underage sex partners in a defensive and combative deposition made public Thursday, calling the prince's accuser an “awful fantasist.”

“Are we tallying all the lies?” Ghislaine Maxwell asked during the 2016 deposition, saying she could not recall taking Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre out for a night of clubbing with Andrew in London. “Her tissue of lies is extremely hard to pick apart what is true and what isn’t.”

The exchange was contained in over 400 pages of transcript ordered released by U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in a lawsuit. Many names and several pages in the deposition were blacked out, though information around some names, including the prince's, made it obvious who was being referenced.

Also, Slate first reported that it could decipher some names, including some redactions involving Andrew and ex-President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, by analyzing the alphabetized listings in a deposition transcript index and matching them with already public information.

In the deposition, Maxwell said she had flown on Epstein's private planes with Clinton but refused to label Epstein and Clinton as friends. There appeared to be no mention of President Donald Trump, who told a news conference this summer after Maxwell's arrest: “I just wish her well, frankly.”

Clinton and Trump both have said they hadn't seen Epstein in years and knew nothing of his alleged misconduct.

Maxwell, 58, has been charged with recruiting three underage girls in the 1990s for Epstein, a wealthy financier who killed himself in jail in 2019, to sexually abuse and committing perjury in the depositions, though the charges don't relate to the prince. She has pleaded not guilty.

A message seeking comment was left with lawyers for Maxwell.