Is a photograph real that shows Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, partying with the judge who approved the FBI warrant to search former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence? No, that's not true: It's been altered. The original photo, previously published by several media outlets in December 2021, shows Maxwell with Epstein, not the judge.
The claim appeared in a Facebook post on August 10, 2022. Under the caption, "Well well," the post included a photograph of what looked to be Maxwell rubbing the feet of a man who is seen holding a bottle of whiskey and a package of Oreos. The post read:
The dude on the right signed the Mar ALago warrant
This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:
(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Aug 12 17:13:09 2022 UTC)
The photograph is not real. It's been altered. The original photograph, which was entered into evidence during Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial, showed Maxwell rubbing Epstein's feet. It can be seen below:
The altered image shows the exact same scene, but with the face of U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart pasted over Epstein's. Reinhart approved the Mar-a-Lago search warrant. The fake photograph appears to be a combination of the above photo and a photo of Reinhart that was posted to Facebook in 2017. That photo can be seen below:
In June 2022, Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiring with Epstein to sexually abuse minors.