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Image edited to show US Vice President accused of sex trafficking with financier shared

Decision: (Fake)


    The original photo shows Kamala Harris with her husband Douglas Emhoff, not Jeffrey Epstein.

What is the claim?

Users on social media platform X have shared a photo of United States Vice President Kamala Harris with late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Recently a post was shared with the caption, “Maybe this is why we can’t see those flight logs…🤔🤔🤔🤔”, an archive of which can be found here. Such posts have already circulated on other platforms including Facebook and Instagram.

However, we found that the photo was edited.

What is the truth?

We found that the photo was initially posted on Getty Images and shows Harris with her husband, Douglas Emhoff, at The Broad Museum Black Tie Inaugural Dinner on September 17, 2015. Photo credited to Jerrod Harris of Getty Images.

In the original picture, Kamala Harris is seen with her husband. (Source: Screenshot/Getty Images)

In the photo, Harris can be seen wearing the same clothes and jewelry, and the exact text is visible on the board behind the couple. Epstein’s head has been superimposed onto Emhoff’s body using digital equipment.

Comparison of viral photo with real photo.  (Source: X/Getty Images/Modified by Logical Facts)
Comparison of viral photo with real photo. (Source: X/Getty Images/Modified by Logical Facts)

The photo of Epstein used to create the altered image is taken from a mugshot shared by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department after his arrest in July 2006.

The 2006 arrest photo was used to create the viral image.  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
The 2006 arrest photo was used to create the viral image. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Several fact-checking organizations have rejected the altered photo, but it continues to circulate on social media.

Jeffrey Epstein was a convicted sex offender who solicited prostitution from minors and was also accused of running a network of soliciting underage girls for sex. Epstein had ties to American elite such as Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. While in prison in 2019, he died by suicide, leading to various conspiracy theories.

Decision

We have flagged the photo as fake because it has been digitally altered to show Kamala Harris with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

This report first appeared logically on Facts.com, and is republished on ABP Live as part of a special arrangement.

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