Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein: Everything we know so far

Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of British newspaper baron Robert Maxwell and his French wife Elizabeth, was born in the wealthy Maison Lafitte in northern France on Christmas Day 1961, the youngest of nine children.

Just two days later, her teenage brother Michael was in a car accident that kept him in a long coma until his death in 1967, a family tragedy.

Ghislaine and her siblings grew up in Oxford at Headington Hill Hall in Maxwells, a sprawling mansion that served as the headquarters for their father’s publishing group Pergamon Press, which, at the age of fourteen, would help Ghislaine by learning to program a new set of computers Wang had introduced her father in 1973 as part of the modernization initiative.

The Maxwell siblings were reportedly held to strict standards by the patriarch, often fervently inviting them to account for their future ambitions before his illustrious guests at dinner at Headington, an atmosphere rejected by some but Ghislaine said tatler In 2000 she found it “inspirational”.

Mrs Maxwell attended Marlborough College and Balliol College in Oxford, where she studied modern history with languages, befriended actor Hugh Grant and set up an Oxford United fan club, later becoming a director of the football club after her father took office between 1982 and 1987.

Known as a socialite in the 1980s, Ghislaine Maxwell traveled extensively as a consultant for her father’s business and also ran a corporate gifts foundation he set up for her.

His favourites, Robert Maxwell, obviously, named his luxury yacht Lady Gislain after her in 1986.

When Maxwell bought New York Daily News In January 1991, he sent his youngest daughter across the Atlantic to be his envoy, but the following November, he suddenly disappeared from the deck of Lady Gislaine off the Canary Islands, and his body was later found at sea.

It later emerged that he had fraudulently seized more than £440m of pension assets from the Mirror Group, defrauding 32,000 employees to boost his company’s share price, a debt for which the surviving Maxwell family and the British government became responsible. Two of Ghislaine’s brothers, Ian and Kevin, were arrested in June 1992 and charged with fraud before they were acquitted in January 1996.

Settling in New York permanently at this time, she plunged into the city’s social whirlpool and befriended billionaire billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, a former Bear Stearns trader turned consultant, though accounts differ as to exactly when and where they met.

The exact nature of their relationship is also unclear, although it was romantic at least initially. Epstein will say Vanity Fair Journalist Vicki Ward said in 2003 that she was his “best friend,” and the reporter noted, “She seems to organize most of his life.”

Ghislaine Maxwell reading a press release regarding her father’s death in Spain in November 1991


In 1995, Epstein, like Ghislaine’s father, named a new venture to her name: The Ghislaine Company, headquartered in Palm Beach, Florida, although it was unsuccessful and would be dissolved three years later.

Later, civil court cases against Epstein will allege that during this period in the mid-1990s, the couple first met a number of underage girls who later accused him of sexual assault, including an unnamed 13-year-old musician. Student and teen sisters Mary and Annie Farmer, a former promising visual artist, are approached at an art gallery in New York after Epstein showed an interest in one of her paintings.

In 1999, while staying at Epstein’s Florida home, Maxwell is understood to have met Virginia Joffrey, who had accused the billionaire of sexual assault in January 2015, but at the time was a minor working at the future Mar-a-Lago resort. President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump was a friend of Epstein, and praised him as a “wonderful man” in New York magazine in 2002 while commenting on his taste in young women with clear approval.

Maxwell moved into a New York townhouse a short distance from Epstein’s mansion in 2000 and the couple attended a social gathering at Queen’s Sandringham House property in Norfolk at the invitation of her friend Prince Andrew, who is pictured with Mrs. Joffrey in London. But who remembered the event in question as a ‘live shooting weekend’ in an uncomfortable 2019 BBC interview Newsnight.

With Maxwell continuing to act in the manner of Epstein’s personal assistant, the couple moved between New York, his secluded residences in Palm Beach, New Mexico and his private Caribbean island, Little St. James, over the next few years, high-profile friends photographed with at the time including Bill Clinton and famous lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

Jeffrey Epstein and Jeslyn Maxwell at a party together


Then, in 2005, Palm Beach police began investigating Epstein after a parent accused him of molesting their 14-year-old daughter at his home after he paid her $300 to massage him while he was nude.

An FBI search of his home revealed two hidden cameras, a slew of photos of girls, and a receipt from Amazon for several books on sexual slavery.

Epstein pleaded guilty to buying a child for prostitution and soliciting a prostitute in 2008 and served 13 months of an 18-month prison sentence, a controversial plea deal agreed with prosecutors (future Trump Cabinet member Alex Acosta) that allowed him to get away of a harsher punishment although federal officials have identified at least 36 girls who could bring similar allegations against him.

Miami Herald Journalist Julie Brown later reported that as many as 80 girls were abused by the financier.

After his release, Ms Maxwell and Epstein are no longer seen together in public, have turned their attention toward environmental protection, and attended conferences around the world to promote Project TerraMar in 2012, a non-profit organization apparently engaged in ocean conservation but “did not have” offices. No grants provided,” according to Daily Telegraph. It will stop operating in 2019.

Geoffrey’s civil action against Epstein began in January 2015, in which the complainant alleged that Ms Maxwell had introduced her to him arguing that he would pay for her services as a masseuse but that he was in fact intent on grooming her to provide sexual services, and also accused her of engaging in pimping and trafficking other minor girls for the same purpose. .

Ghislaine Maxwell in September 2000

(Chris Eason/PA)

Maxwell denied the accusations and was sued by Joffrey for defamation, the latter winning her case and forced to pay substantial damages in May 2017.

Surprisingly, Ghislaine Maxwell was secretly married at this time to wedding technology millionaire Scott Burgerson, founder of marine analytics company CargoMetrics and her youngest 14 years, but hid the union from public view until her presentation in December 2020.

Meanwhile, other cases were brought against Epstein by Sarah Ransom in 2017 and Jennifer Arauz, Annie Farmer and Jane Doe in 2019 accusing him and Ms. Maxwell of crimes of a sexual nature.

Epstein was arrested a second time on July 6, 2019 at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to sex trafficking, but was found dead in his Manhattan cell on August 10, 2019 before he could be tried. He reportedly hanged himself.

Ms Maxwell went into hiding, communicating with the courts only through her lawyer as Reuters reported on December 27, 2019 that the FBI was investigating her for allegedly facilitating Epstein’s criminal activities.

Her representatives then filed their own lawsuit in the US Virgin Islands Supreme Court on March 12, 2020 against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, suing to recover her legal costs.

She was finally located and arrested on July 2 at a home in Bradford, New Hampshire, by the FBI, which traced her mobile phone through calls made to Mr. Borgerson, her sister Isobel and their legal representatives.

Gislan Maxwell has been charged with soliciting minors, child sex trafficking and perjury, and denying the three counts, provisionally scheduled for July 12, 2021.

Since then, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York denied her bail after July 14, ruling that she was a danger to flying, before the same conclusion was reached in a second bail application on December 28, at which time she was Mrs. Maxwell. She is estimated to have $22.5 million in assets and has committed nearly $7 million to fund her defense.

On January 25, 2021, her lawyers argued that the case against her was a “mixture” and should be dropped since it failed to identify an accused or set a date on which a particular crime was allegedly committed.

“Ms. Maxwell is innocent and should not have to guess about the evidence the government claims to justify her continued imprisonment but stubbornly refuses to be identified or disclosed,” they said, also noting that the group from which jurors would be selected in New York State was inconsistently racially diverse. Sufficient to ensure a fair hearing.

Two days later, 112 legal documents relating to her case running into thousands of pages were made public, with one notable statement claiming: “Maxwell directed a room full of underage girls to kiss, dance and touch each other in a sexual way for the defendant and Epstein to watch.”

The files also appear to show that she said in a 2016 affidavit that she had no prior knowledge of Epstein’s behavior and only learned about it through the media, saying she heard about it “like everyone else, like the rest of the world, when it was announced in the papers” and stopped Working with him because she “is no longer happy with the job”.

In March 2021, prosecutors in the Southern District of New York filed two additional charges against Ms. Maxwell in the sex trafficking case, accusing Ms. Maxwell of conspiracy to traffic in sex and the sex of a minor.

The annulled indictment extends the timeline of Ms. Maxwell’s alleged involvement in Epstein’s abuse of young women through 2004. It adds another alleged victim, “Younger Victim-4”. The previous indictment dealt only with events from 1994 to 1997.

Maxwell denied all the charges, and pleaded not guilty.

Court sketch of Ghislaine Maxwell after her arrest in 2020


Ghislaine Maxwell is currently being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she complained of being physically assaulted by a guard on February 18 and said she was subjected to stressful conditions, including regular searches, was held under 24-hour monitoring and woken by a flashlight every 15 minutes during sleep, seemingly to make sure she doesn’t try to escape justice by taking her life like Epstein.

“She shrivels from her previous weight loss, loses hair, and loses her ability to focus,” Bobby Sternheim’s attorney wrote in the latest complaint.

Ms. Maxwell also argued that she had become a scapegoat for her ex-boyfriend’s crimes in the wake of his suicide.

This week, CBS producer Ira Rosen claimed she told him she had secret recordings of former presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton when he gave her an interview in 2016.

Channel 4, meanwhile, is developing a documentary about her life, interviewing friends who have not come forward before.

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