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Will Maxwell start naming names? Andrew Neil raises questions as hefty sentence looms

Maxwell was found by the jury to have been a willing accomplice for the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell was found guilty of five of six counts of sex trafficking minors for Epstein and now faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison.

Following her charge, the former BBC veteran questioned why Maxwell has not already named names in order to reduce her charge.

Mr Neil tweeted: “Will Maxwell now start to name names in Epstein’s evil work to reduce sentence?

“Some wonder why she hasn’t done this already as plea bargain with feds.”

Many of Epstein’s victims have allegedly been calling for those associated with the late sex predator to be held account.

Some have pointed out that the disgraced financier, who died aged 66, counted a plethora of famous faces among his friends.

If Maxwell does start naming names it could be detrimental for Prince Andrew who is currently embroiled in a civil court case brought against him by one of Epstein’s victims.

Andrew has vehemently denied all of the accusations made against him but they have seriously marred his reputation.

Virginia Giuffre launched a US civil case against Prince Andrew and accused him of sexually abusing her two decades ago.

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One friend told the Telegraph: “Ghislaine will be prepared to give evidence on the Duke’s behalf.

“By the time the case against the Duke gets to court, Ghislaine will either be convicted and serving up to 85 years in jail [or if] cleared of course she would help Prince Andrew.

“They have been friends for a very long time.

“It is highly likely Ghislaine will offer to assist him.”

The Duke of York stepped back from royal life in 2019 following the disastrous interview with the BBC over his relationship with convicted paedophile Epstein.

But Andrew reportedly asked the Queen to be allowed to temporarily step back as a senior royal following the death of Prince Philip.

However, the latest accusations will jeopardise his attempts of returning to the frontline of the monarchy.

Nigel Cawthorne, the Prince’s biographer, said: “Giuffre’s lawsuit will preclude a return to public duties.

“It is very difficult to see how Prince Andrew can return to the frontline of the monarchy while a suit is pending, or with a verdict against him passed in absentia.”