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Inside Ghislaine Maxwell’s life and trial as Jeffrey Epstein’s confidante


If anyone knows where Jeffrey Epstein’s proverbial bodies are buried, it’s Ghislaine Maxwell.

But some of those old secrets could see the light of day Thursday, when a seven-hour deposition given by Maxwell in 2016 is to be made public — offering new glimpses into Epstein’s years as a sexual predator.

The move comes as the globe-trotting 58-year-old British socialite cools her heels in a Brooklyn jail awaiting trial for allegedly recruiting girls as young as 13 to feed her pedophile pal’s sexual appetite.

Here is a look at her life, her alleged exploits, and her potential fate as the case plays out.

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?

Maxwell spent nearly 30 years as Jeffrey Epstein’s lover, friend and accused accomplice in a wide-ranging sex-trafficking scheme that spanned years and allegedly ensnared scores of underage girls.

She became the primary target of federal investigators after Epstein’s suicide at the age of 66 inside Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Ghislaine Maxwell speaking at a news conference in 2013.
Ghislaine Maxwell speaking at a news conference in 2013.via REUTERS

Maxwell is due to stand trial on two counts of perjury and four other counts related to the sex-trafficking scheme.

In addition, Maxwell is named in a number of civil lawsuits filed by alleged sex abuse victims.

While Maxwell’s net worth is uncertain, federal prosecutors identified as many as 15 bank accounts associated with her in July, worth anywhere from several hundred thousand dollars to more than $20 million each, Time magazine reported.

Just months before her arrest, she purchased a secluded New Hampshire property for more than $1 million.

Childhood and family

Maxwell, the youngest of nine siblings, was born in December 1961 in the shadow of her famous father, media mogul-turned-fraudster Robert Maxwell.

Raised in a lush, 53-room mansion in Oxfordshire, Maxwell was her dad’s favorite child, Forbes reported in February.

“He was a monstrous father,” Roy Greenslade, who worked for the elder Maxwell as editor of the Daily Mirror in the 1990s told CNN in July. “He treated his whole family very badly.”

But, Greenslade added, he “treated her more leniently than any of them.”

However, that lifestyle came to a screeching halt on Nov. 5, 1991, when her father, facing financial ruin, disappeared off the Canary Islands while on a luxury yacht christened “Lady Ghislaine” — named for his favorite child.

He reportedly left his daughter with a $100,000-a-year stipend. She relocated to the Upper East Side and was soon dating Epstein.

Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

According to one report, Robert had introduced his daughter to the disgraced financier several years earlier at a 1988 function in London, believing he would take care of his daughter’s “emotional” needs.

Robert may have even been bankrolling Epstein at the time, another report claimed.

Regardless, Maxwell and Epstein began dating shortly after she arrived in the Big Apple in 1991 — and thereafter remained close friends who were frequent guests at high-society gatherings that routinely had them hobknobbing with the rich and famous.

Epstein’s wealth allowed Maxwell to immerse herself in the luxurious lifestyle she grew up with in England.

Meanwhile, Epstein benefited from rubbing elbows with Maxwell’s socialite connections, calling her his “best friend” in a 2003 Vanity Fair article, and adding that “she seems to organize much of his life.”

Several of Epstein’s victims have described Maxwell as a “sexual predator” who recruited young girls to please the wealthy pedophile and even schooled them on how to perform to his liking.

According to the Manhattan six-count federal indictment, the two developed a sordid, years-long partnership targeting young girls, who were sexually abused at various Epstein properties, including his Manhattan mansion and a private Caribbean island nicknamed “pedophile island.”

“Maxwell assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18,” the indictment said.

Manhunt and arrest

Ghislaine Maxwell's courtroom sketch.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s courtroom sketch.REUTERS

Maxwell’s longstanding friendship with Epstein continued following his 2008 sex trafficking conviction in Florida.

But when the disgraced financier was arrested again in July 2019 in Manhattan, she fell off the grid.

Her absence led to wild speculation of her whereabouts, with rumors circulating that she was hiding out in a submarine off the coast of the Virgin Islands, in a three-bedroom home in Teaneck, NJ, or shacking up in Brazil with modeling mogul Jean-Luc Brunel.

One report suggested Maxwell was hiding out in Israel under the protection of the Mossad, the infamous intelligence agency with whom her late father was once affiliated, Vanity Fair said in a report in July.

In fact, federal investigators said she had spent months holed up in a secluded, 156-acre estate in New Hampshire she bought in December for just over $1 million — and where she was arrested on July 2.

Ghislaine’s rumored ‘list’

Since her arrest, speculation has run rampant over what Maxwell knows about Epstein’s escapades — and who else partook in them, leading to rumors she has kept a “list” of people who took part in Epstein’s misdeeds.

“I’m sure she has access to the videos,” TV host Christopher Mason, a Maxwell friend, said after her arrest in July. “A lot of powerful people will be more than a little worried.”

A number of high-profile personalities have been linked to Epstein, with the pedophile’s accusers charging they were preyed on by Britain’s Prince Andrew and prominent attorney Alan Dershowitz — both of whom deny the allegations.

Photographs and flight logs from Epstein’s private jet — dubbed the “Lolita Express” — have linked former President Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Naomi Campbell and President Trump to the plane. Though many have distanced themselves from Epstein and Maxwell, and none have been charged with any related crimes.

Maxwell, for her part, has remained mum — so far.

What’s next?

While awaiting trial, Ghislaine Maxwell is being held under close watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she’s complained of “uniquely onerous conditions” through her lawyers.

“Ms. Maxwell continues to be surveilled 24 hours a day b security cameras and is under constant observation by multiple prison guards,” her attorney, Christian Everdell, said in a letter in August.

On Monday, a three-judge panel OK’d the release of a 418-page, seven-hour deposition given by Maxwell in April 2016 as part of a since-settled civil defamation suit filed by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.

A Manhattan judge on Tuesday ordered that the deposition be unsealed “as soon as is practicable,” and set 9 a.m. Thursday as the deadline.

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