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Fauci is not married to Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister

July 7, 2020 GMT

CLAIM: Dr. Anthony Fauci is married to Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Fauci is married to Christine Grady, chief of the bioethics department at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

THE FACTS: Dr. Fauci’s role as the nation’s top infectious disease expert has made him a target of false information. Social media users are now attempting to link Fauci to conspiracy theories tied to Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who died in jail after being charged with sex trafficking underage girls. Posts online say that Fauci’s wife is related to Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite, who was arrested Thursday and charged with helping recruit girls for Epstein.  

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Maxwell is one of seven siblings, including twin sisters Christine and Isabel. 

Their father Robert Maxwell was a billionaire publishing magnate whose nude body was recovered from waters off the Canary Islands in November 1991. He had disappeared from his yacht named Lady Ghislaine. The Associated Press reported at the time that Robert Maxwell had four daughters and three sons. Two of Maxwell’s children died: Michael, who died in 1968 at age 21, and Karine, who died in 1957 at age 3, of leukemia. 

The National Institutes of Health interviewed Grady in 1997 about her life where she said she grew up in New Jersey as one of five children. 

But when I was fairly young, I thought I wanted to be a nurse, and my mother encouraged it the most, even though she was not one herself. She thought nursing was a noble profession and a good thing for me to do. So she encouraged that,” Grady says in the oral history interview

Grady served on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues from 2010-2017 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and biology as well as a doctorate in philosophy from Georgetown University. 

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Former GOP candidate DeAnna Lorraine tweeted the photo of Fauci and Grady Sunday, saying Grady was Maxwell’s sister. Lorraine later corrected the tweet.

“Looks like the connection may not be accurate w Fauci’ wife/Maxwell. When ppl sent me this I researched it & it checked out at first, I’m sorry for getting excited about the connection & jumping gun,” she later tweeted. 

Posts making the false claim online shared a 2016 photo, which can be found in the Getty Images archive, of Fauci with Grady at the White House state dinner held by then-President Barack Obama for the prime minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi. 

“No coincidences,” one post with 1,429 likes on Instagram said sharing the photo of the two. 

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