Washington, United States:
US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he had not followed Ghislaine Maxwell's minor arrest for sexual trafficking in Jeffrey Epstein closely, but wished her well.
At a briefing on the corona virus, Trump was asked if he believed that the celebrity and former partner of the well-connected sex offender Epstein would harass powerful men under a contract with prosecutors.
"I don't know. I haven't really followed it," he said.
"I just wish her all the best, honestly. I've met her many times over the years, especially since I've lived in Palm Beach and I think they lived in Palm Beach.
"But I wish her all the best, whatever it is. I don't know the situation with Prince Andrew. I just don't know. I am not aware of it," added Trump.
Maxwell, the daughter of the late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell, pleaded guilty to a New York court last week in six cases related to Epstein's alleged sexual crimes.
Prosecutors accused the 58-year-old of recruiting and caring for girls aged 14 who were abused by Epstein, who killed himself in prison last year while waiting for the trial.
Maxwell is also accused of sometimes participating in the abuse at her home in London and on Epstein's properties in Manhattan, Palm Beach in Florida and New Mexico.
She was refused bail pending trial until July next year.
If convicted, she could be in prison for up to 35 years.
Some legal experts have suggested that Maxwell could sign a plea agreement with prosecutors if it provides evidence of illegal behavior by an Epstein employee.
The 66-year-old was a multi-million dollar hedge fund manager who became friends with countless celebrities over the years, including Trump, former President Bill Clinton and British Prince Andrew.
Andrew vehemently denies the claim that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl procured by Epstein.
There is no evidence that Trump or Clinton knew about Epstein's alleged crimes.
While his death was classified as suicide, he fueled conspiracy theories. Most speculated that he was murdered to prevent him from disclosing compromising information about wealthy acquaintances.