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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before a House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before a House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP)

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before a House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP)

Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke July 7, 2020

No, Fauci isn’t married to Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister

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  • Anthony Fauci isn’t married to Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister; he’s married to Christine Grady.
 

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has become a favorite target of social media misinformation

With the recent arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, who was charged in connection with the sexual abuse case against the late, disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, we find another unsubstantiated attack against Fauci.

"Fauci is married to Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister," reads the description of a photo of Fauci and his wife, Christine Grady, that is being shared on Facebook. 

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 

The photo is from 2016, when Fauci and Grady attended a state dinner at the White House. But while Maxwell is a British socialite who was born in France, Grady is a New Jersey native. 

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Grady’s father, the former mayor of Livingston, N.J., was John H. Grady. His wife of 63 years at the time of his death in 2013 was Barbara, a former assistant dean at Seton Hall Law School. 

Maxwell’s parents were Robert Maxwell, a British publishing giant, and Elisabeth Maxwell, who was born in France and established a scholarly journal called Holocaust and Genocide Studies. 

Elisabeth Maxwell was born Elisabeth Jenny Jeanne Meynard. Robert Maxwell changed his name multiple times during his life, but he never went by the name John H. Grady. 

We rate this claim post Pants on Fire.

 

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