Ghislaine Maxwell's brother has just spoken out and revealed a key detail about the notorious Prince Andrew photo while his disgraced sister awaits trial.
Read on to hear what he had to say...
Warning: This article contains details that some readers may find upsetting.
Now, we all know where this horror story began.
Jeffrey Epstein, born in New York City in 1953, made a name for himself with elite investment bank Bear Stearns, before founding his own investment firm.
But in 2005, he was convicted for the first time when he pleaded guilty to molesting an underage girl.
Epstein's crimes were far-reaching and varied.
But by 2008, he had been convicted for running an underage prostitution ring connected to a number of high-powered individuals.
Epstein served just thirteen months for this conviction.
But this wasn't the end of his legal troubles.
On July 6th 2019, Epstein was arrested yet again for sex trafficking of minors in the states of Florida and New York and was held awaiting trial in a New York prison.
Many were looking forward to justice being served...
Because Epstein had managed to get away with vile and criminal acts for the majority of his life, most likely a result of his money and social clout.
And for his victims, there was finally hope of justice being done.
And many believed his conviction could uncover other high profile and wealthy sex offenders.
Epstein had numerous friends in high places, many of which were known to travel to his elusive island, where the majority of his crimes took place.
Other men involved with Epstein included political figures such as former POTUS' Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.
However, before Epstein could dish the dirt on his friends...
He was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell on August 10th, 2019... apparently as a result of hanging.
It was initially presumed that Epstein's death was a suicide but because of the nature of his crimes, plus the connections Epstein had to the political and social elite, some have other suspicions about what really happened.
Anyway, in the months following his death, the investigation fell silent.
Progress seemed to be sparse, but then, the release of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Netflix in May last year catapulted the whole thing back into the spotlight.
The documentary gave several of Epstein's victims a platform they had never had before...
And they each detailed similar, yet horrifying tales of being sexually assaulted and r*ped while giving Epstein and his famous friends "massages."
Many huge names were yet again circulated throughout the documentary...
And the involvement of Epstein's ex-girlfriend and close friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, were outlined even further.
Now, in the months following Epstein's death, fifty-nine-year-old Maxwell remained hidden and out of the public eye...
via: NetflixAnd, at that time, she wan't reprimanded or publicly questioned for her involvement in the scandal.
But this didn't quite add up...
Because a large majority of Epstein's victims had insinuated that Maxwell had been the "recruit" to the often underaged girls.
So, people were delighted when the news broke of her arrest.
It was reported in July 2020 that Maxwell had finally been arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire.
The British socialite was taken straight into custody but she was described as a flight risk during the hearing, so was therefore ordered to remain in custody while being transferred to New York for a detention hearing.
Maxwell was formally charged with 6 counts:
via: GettyConspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and 2 counts of perjury, according to the indictment.
She was also charged for repeatedly lying about her involvement in the sex trafficking ring during a 2016 deposition.
If found guilty, Maxwell could be facing thirty-five-years behind bars.
However, on July 14th last year, Maxwell pleaded not guilty.
via: NetflixAt a hearing via video link, the disgraced socialite remained valiant in her innocence by pleading not guilty.
However, she was still denied bail.
U.S federal prosecutors said that she was an "extreme" flight risk and should remain in custody, as per the BBC.
She will remain behind bars until her trial date which has been scheduled for this year, July 2021.
And as you'd expect, Maxwell's time in prison hasn't been an easy one.
The former socialite's lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, argued that Maxwell is facing tougher jail conditions than inmates convicted of murder or terrorism.
Sternheim said Maxwell is effectively being kept in solitary confinement and is "excessively and invasively" monitored twenty-four hours a day...
Along with video surveillance in her cell, cameras also follow her movements when she is allowed to leave it.
In her letter, Sternheim then said, "despite non-stop in-cell camera surveillance, Maxwell's sleep is disrupted every fifteen minutes when she is awakened by a flashlight to ascertain whether she is breathing."
And now, her brother, Ian Maxwell, has spoken out about the conditions... describing them as "brutal."
Speaking with the Telegraph, he said:
"To anyone familiar with the British system of law, the American system is simply bizarre, quite frankly, cruel. As you know my sister is held in the most appalling conditions and subjected to brutal and unusual treatment and yet she is a pre-trial detainee."
"The sustained brutal, degrading – and wholly unnecessary – conditions of my sister's solitary imprisonment are a disgrace to any civilized democracy."
He explained that his sister, who he believes is innocent, is being kept under close watch in a cell measuring 6 feet by 9 feet that "includes a concrete bed and a toilet".
"Her hair is falling out and she is losing the ability to concentrate which is impairing the time she can devote to studying the two million pages of prosecution documentation."
As well as discussing his sister's conditions and wellbeing, Maxwell also opened up about the elephant in the room...
And that's Prince Andrew, of course.
Prince Andrew, the son of Queen Elizabeth II, was famously named as one of Epstein's close friends...
And there are photographs that certainly prove that friendship.
But it turns out that Prince Andrew wasn't just friends with Epstein...
But it is also alleged he was involved in the terrible abuse and trafficking ring that the Wall Street businessman ran.
Virginia Roberts, one of Epstein's victims, came forward last year with shocking claims that she was abused and r*ped by Andrew when she was just seventeen-years-old.
She shared this photograph with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell which was taken just moments before the assault took place.
"Ghislaine tells me, 'You're gonna have to do for him what you do for Jeffrey'. And right after that photo was taken, I was sexually abused by Prince Andrew," Roberts said on Netflix's Jeffrey Epstein Filthy Rich.
Of course, Prince Andrew profusely denied all these allegations and tried to claim the photo was "a fake"...
And in a disastrous interview with the BBC, the disgraced prince then came across as a very bad liar when he desperately tried to create alibis for the times of which he was accused of abusing Roberts and spending time with Epstein.
And now, Ian Maxwell has decided to weigh in on the situation...
And discuss that controversial photograph of Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts.
Speaking to the BBC, Maxwell initially tried to brush off discussing the controversial photo by saying he "didn't know anything about it."
"I know it's of interest to your listeners, but nonetheless I am not here to talk about that."
But he was pressed further and was asked, "But do you recognize the setting of that? Was it taken in Ghislaine's house in London?"
To which he replied with, "I do recognize that setting."
Maxwell was then asked if his sister still considers Prince Andrew as a friend...
He said, "I would assume that she does, yes."
Only time will tell to see if Ghislaine Maxwell will do the right thing by speaking out about Prince Andrew and the other famous faces involved or not.
Stay posted for updates on this developing story.