JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S ex-lover Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on July 2 by the FBI and has since been charged with six counts of sex trafficking and perjury.
But where is Ghislaine now and what is her net worth? Here’s everything we know…
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Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
Ghislaine Maxwell was born in 1961, in Maisons Laffitte, France.
She is the youngest child of disgraced media tycoon and British publisher Robert Maxwell.
She moved to New York in 1991 after her father’s death and reportedly socialised with Ivana Trump.
In 1992 she had a romantic relationship with American financier Jeffrey Epstein and remained closely associated with him for decades afterwards.
She was also close pals with Lady Victoria Hervey and Prince Andrew.
Where is she now?
Maxwell has been detained in the US pending trial.
The whereabouts of Maxwell – dubbed Epstein’s pimp – had been a mystery since Epstein, 66, died in his jail cell in August 2019.
Epstein died while he was awaiting trial on a slew of sex trafficking charges.
Court documents suggested Maxwell may have been hiding out at Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in New Mexico after she asked a judge to move a sexual assault case against her to the state.
In April 2020, it was thought Maxwell may have been hiding at her former family chateau in Meyreuil in the south of France.
The Sun offered a £10,000 reward for information on Maxwell after she disappeared amid accusations she acted as a “madam” for Epstein.
Pictures of Maxwell also emerged soon after Epstein’s death showing her sitting and smiling at an In-N-Out burger joint in Los Angeles.
On July 2, Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on Epstein-related charges.
The place of her arrest is thought to be close to the home of her alleged boyfriend Scott Borgerson.
The British socialite, 58, has been charged with six counts of sex trafficking and perjury in relation to her relationship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
She appeared in court on July 14 where she pleaded not guilty.
Maxwell has since been denied bail.
What is her net worth?
Reports estimate that Maxwell is worth $10million (£7,997,000) but no amount has been confirmed.
In 2000 the New York Post reported that Maxwell lived off an £80,000 a year trust fund set up by her father.
What is her association to Epstein and what has she been accused of?
The 57-year-old has been accused of acting as a “madam” for Jeffrey Epstein, US court documents revealed.
Almost 2,000 pages of a lawsuit were released in a defamation case involving Virginia Giuffre (then Roberts), who in 2015 claimed Prince Andrew slept with her three times.
Ms Giuffre alleges she was recruited by Maxwell in 1999 where she was introduced to Epstein.
Another document describes an alleged sexual encounter between Ms Giuffre, now 35, and Andrew in a bathtub.
It was raised by lawyers for Maxwell in an effort to show the former masseuse had not mentioned it before 2014 and was lying about it.
The document says the tub was “too small for a man of Prince Andrew’s size to enjoy a bath in let alone sex”.
Ms Giuffre claims she was encouraged “to have sexual relations” with Andrew in Maxwell’s London flat.
A manuscript by Ms Giuffre, also released with the court papers, claims Epstein and Maxwell invited the Duke of York to meet her in the capital to help him get over the “fresh wounds still lingering on” after his divorce from Sarah Ferguson.
She claims she was “groomed by the two [of them] for his pleasure, including lessons in Epstein’s preferences during oral sex”.
Buckingham Palace strongly denied the allegation in 2015 saying “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the Duke was “categorically untrue”.
It has consistently denied the allegations, reinforcing that statement by saying “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.
“It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
Prince Andrew added: “At no stage during the limited time I spent with [Epstein] did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.”
All the allegations about Prince Andrew were struck from the court record in 2015.
They were described by the judge as being “immaterial and impertinent”.
What has Maxwell said about the allegations?
She has repeatedly denied any involvement in Epstein’s crimes.
In a 2015 statement, Maxwell rejected allegations that she has acted as a procurer for Epstein.
Maxwell’s spokesperson said “the allegations made against Ghislaine Maxwell are untrue” and she “strongly denies allegations of an unsavoury nature, which have appeared in the British press and elsewhere, and reserves her right to seek redress at the repetition of such old defamatory claims”.
Is she married?
During a court hearing on July 15, it was revealed that Maxwell was secretly married.
The shocking revelation came as Jeffrey Epstein’s so-called pimp pleaded not guilty via video link to charges related to his sex trafficking ring.
The anonymous marriage was disclosed by US Attorney Alison Moe, one of three prosecutors on the case, at the detention hearing on Tuesday, July 14.
She spoke about the lack of transparency in Maxwell’s filings and asked who would co-sign her bond if she was given bail.
Ms Moe said: “In addition to failing to describe in any way the absence of proposed cosigners of a bond, the defendant also makes no mention whatsoever about the financial circumstances or assets of her spouse whose identity she declined to provide to Pretrial Services.
“There’s no information about who will be co-signing this bond or their assets, and no details whatsoever.”
As she refuses to disclose her spouse, Maxwell had recently been linked with tech company CEO Scott Borgerson, 43.
Borgerson, the boss of CargoMetrics, who is believed to be worth $100million, is also linked to the $1million New Hampshire mansion where Maxwell was snared by the FBI.
He has always denied their relationship, saying they are just old friends.
What was revealed in the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary?
The Dispatches programme The Prince And The Paedophile in October 2019 examined the relationship between Prince Andrew and Epstein.
Reporter Cathy Newman looked at Epstein’s British connections from Prince Andrew to Ghislaine Maxwell.
Private investigator Mike Fisten previously claimed that Epstein had 13 telephone numbers to contact the Queen’s second son on.
A telephone contact book was found in Epstein’s Palm Beach home that is said to have included a line for the Duke of York at Buckingham Palace.
Fisten said: “You could take for instance, if looking at the section in London, you could pick out, the Duke of York, which is Prince Andrew. And when you look at that, under Duke of York it shows Buckingham Palace, London.
“He has thirteen phone number to contact the Duke. And [these numbers went everywhere], Wood Farm, Sunninghill Wood Farm, Sunninghill numbers, the Palace, his home number, his home email.
“He even had a phone number to his modem, I guess to call into his modem.”
The programme also looks at 1,200 pages of documents about Epstein’s behaviour that were made public in a courtroom in Manhattan.
What are the allegations concerning George Clooney?
Maxwell is claimed to have boasted about performing a sex act on screen idol George Clooney in a toilet.
The allegation was made by Virginia Giuffre in a manuscript of her memoirs released by a New York court.
She says Maxwell boasted about it during a globe-trotting trip they both made in 2001 which culminated in her meeting Prince Andrew for the first time in London.
It is not known when the alleged incident between Maxwell and Clooney may have taken place.
There is no suggestion that Clooney was involved in under-age sex or sex parties held by billionaire Epstein or involved in any wrongdoing.
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