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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

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