Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged “madame” of the late sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was arrested and charged by the FBI yesterday.
You’ve no doubt seen photos and video of Trump, Epstein, Melania & Ghislaine circulating in memes online. We thought we’d see if they were “shopped”, as they say, or real.
According to Snopes,
All of these images of Maxwell with Trump are real.
The image on the top left is still from NBC’s archival footage shown above. This footage was originally shot by NBC for Faith Daniels’ talk show, “A Closer Look,” as part of a profile on Trump’s post-divorce life.
The image on the top right was taken by Arnaldo Magnani in 1997, and shows the duo out on the town.
The image in the center left shows Maxwell, model Naomi Campbell, Trump, and Melania at the opening of Dolce & Gabbana in 2002 in New York City.
The center right image shows Trump, Melania Trump — then Melania Knauss — Epstein, and Maxwell at Mar-a-Lago in 2000.
The bottom left image was reportedly taken at a party in NYC in 1997. It is a cropped version of an image that also originally included socialite Ann Jones. This photograph was taken by Alpha Press, and is available via The Sun.
The image on the bottom right shows Trump and Maxwell in 2000 at the Anand Jon Fashion Show in New York City.
While all of these photographs were taken before authorities first opened up an investigation into Epstein for sexual abuse crimes against minors, prosecutors allege that Maxwell was aiding him in his criminal activities back in the 1990s.
The indictment against Maxwell says,
“In particular, from at least in or about 1994, up to an including at least in or about 1997, Maxwell assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18.
Also, according to Snopes,
This is a genuine video of Trump and Epstein at a party at Trump’s private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, in 1992. The woman in the background arrived at the party with Epstein, as seen in this clip from MSNBC. Furthermore, Maxwell was photographed on at least three other occasiions at Mar-a-Lago.
Satirist Andy Borowitz thinks Trump might be nervous about these photos once again circulating and he might call on the Veep to elicit help from a higher power. No, not Bill Barr…