By JIM MUSTIAN and LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend denies introducing Britain’s Prince Andrew to any underage sex partners in a defensive and combative deposition made public Thursday. In two 2016 depositions, Ghislaine Maxwell calls the prince’s accuser an “awful fantasist.” Maxwell said she couldn’t recall taking Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre out for a night of clubbing with Andrew in London. The transcripts were made for Giuffre’s 2015 defamation lawsuit that was later settled. A judge rejected arguments that releasing the interviews would jeopardize a fair criminal trial for Maxwell next July. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges that she procured three underage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 1997.