JEFFREY Epstein’s ex partner and alleged associate has been accused of playing a central role in the tycoon’s private life.
But who is Ghislaine Maxwell? Here’s what we know.
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
Ghislaine Maxwell was born in 1961, in Maisons Laffitte, France.
She is youngest child of Robert Maxwell, disgraced media tycoon British publisher.
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 Epstein for decades afterwards.
What is her association to Epstein and what has she been accused of?
The 57-year-old has been accused of acting like a “madame” for Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Andrew, US court documents reveal.
Almost 2,000 pages of a lawsuit were released in a defamation case involving Virginia Giuffre (then Roberts), who in 2015 claimed Andrew slept with her three times, and Epstein’s ex-lover Maxwell.
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”.
She was “forced to have sexual relations” with him in the London flat of Maxwell, who acted as a “madame”, the documents say.
A manuscript by Ms Giuffre, also released with the court papers, claims Epstein and Maxwell invited Andrew to meet her in the capital to help him get over the “fresh wounds still lingering on” after his divorce from Sarah Ferguson.
Ms Giuffre also alleges she was recruited by Maxwell in 1999 where she was introduced to Epstein.
She claims she was “groomed by the two [of them] for his pleasure, including lessons in Epstein’s preferences during oral sex.”
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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 and denied that she had “facilitated Prince Andrew’s acts of sexual abuse.”
Maxwell’s spokesperson said “the allegations made against Ghislaine Maxwell are untrue” and she “strongly denies allegations of an unsavory 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”.