From private jets to prison: How British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, was to the manor born but will now live out her days in a 10x12ft jail cell after guilty verdict in sex trafficking trial
Once a well-heeled socialite and daughter of a British publishing magnate, Ghislaine Maxwell now faces the rest of her life in a tiny prison cell after being convicted of sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell, chi si è appena trasformato 60 sopra Natale Giorno, was found guilty on five of six counts on Thursday – a spectacular downfall for the former Londra society girl who later moved into the highest circles of New York’s social scene.
But how did the silver-spoon-born daughter of disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell – accustomed to private jets, yachts and beach homes – fall from grace?
It was her years-long romantic and business relationship with one man – Jeffrey Epstein – the late pedophile whose apparent prison suicide in 2019 left a target on his ‘partner in crime’s’ indietro.
Even with the shocking charges leveled against her, Maxwell maintained her innocence against claims she procured young women for Epstein and engaging in sexual assault against them herself. La sua presunta vittima più giovane era giusta 14.
Un tempo membro benestante della scena sociale di Londra e New York e figlia di un magnate dei giornali, Ghislaine Maxwell now faces life in prison after being convicted of sex trafficking charges on Thursday. She’s pictured holding a photo of her late father Robert Maxwell
Maxwell ha affermato la sua innocenza su tutte le accuse di aver procurato giovani donne per Epstein e di aver commesso violenza sessuale contro di loro lei stessa. La sua presunta vittima più giovane era giusta 14
One photo shows Maxwell kissing the pedophile’s cheek with her arms wrapped around him. Molti hanno testimoniato che credevano che Epstein e Ghislaine fossero fidanzati e fidanzati
Maxwell grew up in a 51-room English country mansion called Headington Hill Hall, where politicians, business leaders and newspaper editors attended lavish parties.
She spent the first half of her life with her father, un miliardario ricco che ha saccheggiato i fondi pensione delle sue società prima di morire di una morte misteriosa quando è caduto dal suo superyacht – chiamato La Signora Ghislaine.
Ghislaine era la figlia più giovane di Robert Maxwell, nato il giorno di Natale 1961.
Her brother Michael was severely brain damaged in a car accident just days later at age 15, although he lived for another seven years.
Sua madre, Elisabeth Maxwell, wrote in her memoir that she and Robert were so focused on their injured son that their baby daughter was overlooked. So neglected was Ghislaine that at the age of 3 she stood in front of her mother and said, 'Mummia, I exist!’
'Ero devastato,’ Elisabeth Maxwell wrote in ‘A Mind of My Own: My Life with Robert Maxwell.’ ‘And from that day on, we all made a great effort with her, fussing over her so much that she became spoiled, the only one of my children I can truly say that about.’
Robert Maxwell bought the rights to German scientific journals, the beginnings of a publishing empire that included the Daily Mirror as well as the New York Daily News and the book publisher Macmillan.
He fathered nine children and was elected to the British Parliament twice, while earning a reputation as a bully.
Robert Maxwell (ultima fila, centro) nella foto con sua moglie Betty (sedeva con la figlia più giovane Ghislaine sulle ginocchia) e sette dei loro otto figli a casa a Headington Hill Hall, Oxford. Quando questa foto è stata scattata, Ian (5) era 11 anni e frequenta la scuola preparatoria, mentre Isabella, poi 17 (4) era al liceo con la sorella Christine (3), e il figlio più giovane Kevin, 8, (6) frequentava la scuola preparatoria. Secondo figlio maggiore Filippo, (1), era entrato nel suo secondo anno di laurea al Balliol College, Oxford, mentre Anna (2) studiava anche all'università, ma al St Hugh's College. Michael, il maggiore, era malato terminale dopo un incidente d'auto
Ghislaine Maxwell in June 2019 (anteriore raffigurato) with her six living siblings. Ian Maxwell, suo fratello maggiore, in alto a destra, shared the photo in March 2021. A month after it was taken, Jeffrey Epstein was arrested and Ghislaine went into hiding with her husband, Scott Borgerson. I fratelli, L-R, siamo: Anne, Kevin, twins Isabel and Christine, Filippo, and Ian
Four of Maxwell’s siblings – Kevin, Isabel, Ian and Christine – arrived to court to support their sister Monday
Ghislaine studied history at the University of Oxford in the early 1980s where she began building connections of her own, including Prince Andrew, who would later invite her and Epstein to Windsor Castle and Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth’s country estate.
After graduating, she went on to work for her father. Nel 1991, all'età 29, she became his U.S. emissary after he bought the Daily News amid efforts to compete with fellow media tycoon, New York Post owner Rupert Murdoch.
It was later that year that her father fell off his yacht and died in the Canary Islands, in what some saw as an accident and others a suicide.
It was later revealed he had diverted hundreds of millions of pounds from his companies’ pension funds to prop up his empire.
Soon after her father’s death, Ghislaine was photographed sitting next to Epstein during a memorial at the Plaza Hotel.
Ghislaine studied history at the University of Oxford in the early 1980s where she began building connections of her own, including Prince Andrew, who would later invite her and Epstein to Windsor Castle and Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth’s country estate
Ghislaine era la figlia più giovane di Robert Maxwell, nato il giorno di Natale 1961 È raffigurata con suo padre dentro 1984
Ghislaine Maxwell viene vista setacciare la montagna di "Draw Coupon".’ voci alla Maxwell House di 1984 – prima di essere coinvolto con Jeffrey Epstein
John Sweeney, a longtime U.K. journalist and creator of the podcast ‘Hunting Ghislaine,’ told the Associated Press he believes that ‘after the monster her father died, she found a second monster.’
‘Robert Maxwell stole hundreds of millions of pounds from people who were dependent upon his good word; Jeffrey Epstein turned out to be a darker figure, a worse human being,’ Sweeney said.
Ian Maxwell ha detto che la relazione di sua sorella con Epstein si è sviluppata dopo che la famiglia le ha consigliato di rimanere negli Stati Uniti. perché il nome Maxwell era "nella terra".’ a casa. Amid the family’s reputational and financial woes, she had to make her own way in New York and forge new friendships, Egli ha detto.
One of those was with Epstein, a onetime teacher who built his own fortune on the back of contacts like the former CEO of the parent company of lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret.
‘My father was a powerful man — you know, an alpha male, veramente. And when you have that kind of experience, tutti noi, all of the brothers and sisters have had to somehow deal with that,’ Ian Maxwell said. ‘Ghislaine was no exception. But clearly to then say, 'Bene, sai, he dies, then she moves along to the next rich man.’ I just don’t buy that.’
In sworn testimony for an earlier civil case, Ghislaine Maxwell acknowledged that she had a romantic relationship with Epstein but said she later became his employee, tasked with things like hiring staff for his six homes.
‘I hired assistants, architetti, decorators, cooks, cleaners, gardeners, pool people, pilots. I hired all sorts of people,’ Maxwell said during a deposition in April 2016. ‘A very small part of my job was to find adult professional massage therapists for Jeffrey. Per quanto mi riguarda, everyone who came to his house was an adult professional person.’
Ian Maxwell ha detto che la relazione di sua sorella con Epstein si è sviluppata dopo che la famiglia le ha consigliato di rimanere negli Stati Uniti. perché il nome Maxwell era "nella terra".’ a casa
Ghislaine ha trascorso la prima metà della sua vita con suo padre, un miliardario ricco che ha saccheggiato i fondi pensione delle sue società prima di morire di una morte misteriosa quando è caduto dal suo superyacht – chiamato La Signora Ghislaine (nella foto)
Ma in 2005, Epstein was arrested in Palm Beach, Florida, and accused of hiring multiple underage girls — many students at a local high school — to perform sex acts. He pleaded guilty to a charge of procuring a person under 18 for prostitution and served 13 mesi in prigione.
Years of civil litigation followed, in which women accused Epstein and Maxwell of sexual abuse. Prosecutors in New York revived the case and charged Epstein with sex trafficking in 2019, but he killed himself in jail before he could face trial.
The indictment against Maxwell is based on accusations from four women who say she recruited them to give Epstein massages that progressed into sexual abuse. One was just 14 al tempo. Maxwell sometimes participated in the sexual encounters and was involved in paying at least one accuser, prosecutors allege.
Virginia Giuffre, who has filed a related civil lawsuit against Britain’s Prince Andrew but isn’t part of the criminal case, has described Maxwell as a ‘Mary Poppins’ figure who made young girls feel comfortable as they were being lured into Epstein’s web.
Giuffre alleges she was 17 when she was flown to London to have sex with Andrew at Maxwell’s house. Other encounters with Andrew occurred at Epstein’s homes in Manhattan and the U.S. Isole Vergini, according to her lawsuit. Andrew denies the allegations.
Prosecutors say Maxwell went into hiding after Epstein’s suicide, moving into a gated New Hampshire home she bought for $1 million with her husband Scott Borgerson— and wrapping her cellphone in foil to ward off hacking
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
Prosecutors say Maxwell went into hiding after Epstein’s suicide, moving into a gated New Hampshire home she bought for $1 million with her husband Scott Borgerson— and wrapping her cellphone in foil to ward off hacking.
Maxwell was just protecting herself from the press, her lawyers said in court papers — a notion U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan rejected.
Nathan repeatedly denied Maxwell bail, deeming the risk of her fleeing too great. The judge’s decision has left Maxwell isolated at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, confined to a small cell equipped with a toilet and a concrete bed. Ian Maxwell said imprisonment was preventing his sister from receiving a fair trial.
Ghislaine Maxwell has remained mostly silent about the Epstein allegations over nearly two decades, ma in a 2016 deposition in a civil case, she said she learned about the allegations against him ‘like everybody else, like the rest of the world, when it was announced in the papers.’
She said she never saw Epstein getting massages from anyone under 18 and that no one ever complained to her that Epstein demanded sex.
'Mai,’ ha dichiarato.