‘CASUALLY DRESSED IN BURGER BAR IN LA’
A FEW days after Epstein’s prison suicide in August, the New York Post claimed a ‘scoop’ — a picture of a casually dressed Ghislaine Maxwell in a burger restaurant in Los Angeles.
The newspaper claimed she had been reading a book called The Secret Lives And Deaths Of CIA Operatives days earlier, when a member of the public had recognised her and asked to take a photo.
So far, so intriguing. But the yarn started to fall apart amid mounting evidence that the image was a crude fake.
First, it emerged that the photo’s metadata was tagged with ‘Meadowgate’, the name of a local media company owned by Leah Saffian, a long-standing friend and occasional PR adviser to Ghislaine.
The dog next to her feet in the photos also appears to be Saffian’s dog, Dexter, suggesting that she, rather than a random fellow diner, had taken the shot.
Then questions were asked about whether the photo actually pre-dated Epstein’s arrest. Sharp-eyed analysts spotted a poster for Good Boys, a newly released movie, at a nearby bus shelter.
But on the date the photo was purportedly taken, that bus shelter wasn’t carrying the advert.
The agency that owns the site said an advert for a hospital had been there since late July.
Intrigue: Ghislaine allegedly spotted in LA earlier this year