EXCLUSIVE: Ghislaine Maxwell’s husband Scott Borgerson tries to keep a low profile in his quaint Massachusetts town a week before her sex trafficking trial – with their relationship status uncertain and no sign he’ll show up to support her
Just a week before Ghislaine Maxwell goes to trial for sex trafficking of minors in Manhattan, her tech CEO spouse Scott Borgerson has surfaced hundreds of miles away in Manchester-by-the-Sea, where he was seen for the first time in over a year by DailyMail.com.
On a balmy Thursday afternoon, Borgerson pulled up to an oceanside liquor store in a fancy sports car, walked in and purchased two packs of Marlboro Lights.
‘I tried to chat him up, but he wasn’t wanting to engage in conversation at all,’ the clerk told DailyMail.com. ‘He came in and out with what he wanted.’
After emerging from Harrigan’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Borgerson, sporting a blue face mask and Patagonia jacket, darted toward his $100,000 Tesla Model S as a DailyMail.com reporter approached.
‘Leave me alone, you’re harassing me,’ Borgerson whined, grabbing his cell phone and pointing it at the reporter as if to document the ‘harassment.’
The wealthy entrepreneur refused to answer questions as he jumped into his electric car and sped off, retreating to a life of seclusion that he’s struggled to maintain since last year, when his 14-years-older wife was arrested by the feds and accused of procuring young girls for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell faces a six week trial at federal court in New York starting Monday over alleged abuse, procurement of young women and trafficking crimes dating back decades. She faces more than 80 years in jail if convicted on all charges.
DailyMail.com spotted Ghislaine Maxwell’s husband Scott Borgerson in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, Thursday afternoon
It’s still an open question whether Borgerson will take the trek to New York to attend the trial in support of his wife. The couple are pictured in 2013
Borgerson pulled up to an oceanside liquor store in a Tesla, walked in and purchased two packs of Marlboro Lights
The wealthy entrepreneur refused to answer questions as he jumped into his electric car and sped off
‘Leave me alone, you’re harassing me,’ Borgerson told DailyMail.com, grabbing his cell phone and pointing it at the reporter as if to document the ‘harassment’
After emerging from Harrigan’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Borgerson, sporting a blue face mask and Patagonia jacket, darted toward his $100,000 Tesla Model S as a DailyMail.com reporter approached
Borgerson recently resigned from his role as CEO of Boston-based CargoMetrics, to ‘ensure his presence would not become a distraction from the work he believes in so deeply,’ the company said in a statement.
But the 44-year-old hasn’t been able to hide out fully, or to avoid the wrath of neighbors who still want him gone, even after Maxwell was hauled off to jail, potentially for the rest of her life.
Speaking from her 10ft by 12ft prison cell inside New York’s notorious Metropolitan Detention Center, Maxwell said: ‘I have been assaulted and abused for almost a year and a half’
‘Every time I see him, I give him the middle finger,’ said a man whose relative is the property manager of the 40-acre estate where Borgerson lives. ‘But I don’t see him around much anymore.’
Maxwell had been holed up with him in a seven-bedroom home at the estate known as Sharksmouth, situated in the quaint, well-to-do town 30 miles north of Boston.
Last August when DailyMail.com first revealed that Maxwell was living with Borgerson in Manchester, he said: ‘Ghislaine Maxwell is not at my home and I don’t know where she is.’
But, in fact, she lived there for nearly a year, only moving out in December 2019 when she bought her ultra-secluded home, Tuckedaway, a two-hour drive away in Bradford, New Hampshire. FBI agents arrested her at that house in an early-morning raid on July 2, 2020.
Since the arrest, Borgerson has rarely been spotted around town. People at a local pizza shop and convenience store say they see him maybe a couple times a month, and he almost never walks into local bars or restaurants, according to locals.
It’s still an open question whether Borgerson will take the trek to New York to attend the trial in support of his wife.
Questions about the true nature of their relationship remain.
Prosecutors revealed the couple is married, but they managed to keep it a secret even from some close relatives.
DailyMail.com has been unable to find any marriage license, or divorce papers, filed under their names in town or in the county where they were living.
But there are also indications that Borgerson may have moved on with his personal life. A source told DailyMail.com that Borgerson has been dating a new woman in town. The woman refused to confirm or deny a relationship when approached by DailyMail.com.
Borgerson bought this $2.4million home in Manchester-by-the-Sea in June 2016. After Maxwell moved in, they were unable to find peace in their community
Borgerson was previously spotted on the terrace of his Massachusetts home in July 2020, just weeks after his wife was arrested at a secluded hideaway in New Hampshire
In 2019, DailyMail.com photographed Borgerson walking Maxwell’s dog in Boston, shortly after she was revealed to be living in the quiet town of Manchester-by-the-Sea with him
Neighbors were so disgusted when they discovered in February 2019 that an accused sex trafficker was living among them that they tried to harass Maxwell into leaving
Meanwhile, Borgerson’s ex-wife Rebecca lives just a town away with their two children, a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.
Borgerson, a former U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant-commander, is believed to have met Maxwell over eight years ago through speaking engagements connected to ocean preservation, a subject on which they share a passion.
They were both pictured speaking at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2013.
Borgerson divorced his wife Rebecca (pictured) in December 2015 after she discovered his relationship with Maxwell
He and his ex-wife Rebecca were still married at the time. She discovered their affair when he told her he was going to give a speech in London but she discovered he was in Miami with Maxwell.
Their divorce was finalized in December 2015.
Borgerson bought the home in Manchester-by-the-Sea in June 2016. After Maxwell moved in, they were unable to find peace in their community. Neighbors were so disgusted when they discovered in February 2019 that an accused sex trafficker was living among them that they tried to harass her into leaving.
‘They felt sex trafficking and pedophilia are the most disgusting things in the world and they wanted them off the property,’ one resident said.
It led to a court case where Borgerson successfully fought the neighbors’ decision to prevent them from using paths and a beach near their oceanfront property, part of an estate shared by other owners. But the decision was not handed down until after Maxwell, 59, had already left for her new life of seclusion in neighboring New Hampshire.
Another resident who has met both Borgerson and Maxwell on numerous occasions told DailyMail.com that Borgerson often talked about his dream of becoming President of the United States. ‘His relationship with Ghislaine has pretty much scuppered that — and I’m glad,’ he said.
‘He is personable, very bright and intelligent, but he is an extreme narcissist, totally in love with himself, money and power.’
His ex-wife Rebecca, a devout Christian, is understood to have made efforts to befriend Maxwell, as she felt it better to forgive than carry anger around with her. ‘She feels that the Bible teaches us to be kind. They met on several occasions,’ one friend said. ‘They were very cordial to each other.’
Potential jurors were vetted by Judge Alison Nathan in court last week ahead of Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial later this month
Maxwell faces the rest of her life behind bars if convicted of abusing and procuring young girls for billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein – charges that she vehemently denies
On Tuesday, Maxwell, 59, appeared in federal court in New York as Judge Alison Nathan questioned dozens of potential members of the jury who will decide her fate later this month.
The selection process won’t be finalized until November 29, when opening statements will begin. The trial is expected to stretch to mid-January.
Maxwell, 59, spoke to The Mail on Sunday for the first time about her ‘living hell’ behind bars – claiming that she has been assaulted and abused by prison guards, purposely deprived of sleep and given rotting food to eat.
In a world exclusive, Maxwell, who had her $28million bail application denied for the fourth time last week, also claims negative media coverage while she has been in custody and the deliberate withholding of evidence have made it ‘impossible’ for her to receive a fair trial.
Speaking from her 10ft by 12ft prison cell inside New York’s notorious Metropolitan Detention Center, where she has spent the past 16 months in solitary confinement, Maxwell said: ‘I have been assaulted and abused for almost a year and a half.
‘I have not had a nutritious meal in all that time. I haven’t slept without lights on – fluorescent lights that have damaged my eyes – or been allowed to sleep without constant interruptions.
‘I am weak, I am frail. I have no stamina. I am tired. I don’t even have shoes which fit properly. They feed me rotten food. One apple had maggots in it. I have not been allowed to exercise.’
Maxwell faces the rest of her life behind bars if convicted of abusing and procuring young girls for billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein – charges that she vehemently denies.
Her lawyers are expected to argue she is being punished by proxy for Epstein’s heinous crimes because, as one source close to the case maintains, ‘someone has to pay for what he did’.
Maxwell has told friends: ‘I fear it will be impossible to get a fair trial. I have tremendous fear that overwhelmingly negative media stories will poison my jury pool and affect the outcome of my trial despite the evidence that will demonstrate everything the jurors thought they knew isn’t true.
‘I look forward to finally having my day in court to prove I played no part in Epstein’s crimes.’