Ghislaine Maxwell

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Ghislaine Maxwell
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Ghislaine Noelle Maxwell

(1961-12-25) December 25, 1961 (age 57)
EducationOxford University
OccupationBritish socialite

Ghislaine Noelle Maxwell[1] (born 25 December 1961)[2] is a British socialite and the youngest child of publisher Robert Maxwell. She has been associated with Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted child molester. Maxwell moved to the United States after her father's death and has become an advocate for the ocean as founder of The TerraMar Project.

Early life and career[edit]

Maxwell was born in 1961, the ninth and youngest child of Elisabeth (née Meynard), a Frenchwoman, and Robert Maxwell, a Czech-born British media proprietor. Maxwell attended Headington School, Marlborough College, and Oxford University's Balliol College.[2]

She founded a successful women's club named after the original Kit-Cat Club[3]. Maxwell was also a director of Oxford United Football Club, during her father's ownership of the club.[4][5] Maxwell was fined £1,000 and banned from driving for one year in August 1996 after driving while intoxicated.[6]

Her father named his luxury yacht, the Lady Ghislaine in her honor, and it was near this yacht, in the Canary Islands in 1991, that his body was found floating in the sea.[7] Though a verdict of death by accidental drowning was recorded, Maxwell has since stated that she believes her father was murdered,[8] commenting in 1997 that "He did not commit suicide. That was just not consistent with his character. I think he was murdered."[9] After his death, Robert Maxwell was found to have fraudulently appropriated the pension assets of his Mirror Group Newspapers to support its share price and was disgraced.[10]

Ghislaine Maxwell moved to the United States in 1991, just after her father's death, and has since become a prominent New York City socialite.[11]

She is the founder of The TerraMar Project[12] which closed[13] on 12 July 2019.

Jeffrey Epstein and sex trafficking allegations[edit]

Maxwell had a romantic relationship with the wealthy American financier Jeffrey Epstein for "a period of time around 1992"[11][14] and remained close to Epstein for several decades after their break-up.[15] Maxwell has attracted press coverage for her friendship with Prince Andrew, Duke of York, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, who attended social functions with her in New York.[16] Maxwell introduced Epstein to Prince Andrew, and the three often socialized together.[17] Maxwell has also been associated and photographed with Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

In 2008, Epstein was convicted of soliciting a minor for prostitution and served 13 months of an 18-month jail sentence. Details of a civil lawsuit, made public in January 2015, contained a deposition from a woman, identified as 'Jane Doe 3,' accusing Maxwell of having recruited her in 1999, when she was a minor, to have sex with Epstein.[14] A 2018 exposé by the Miami Herald revealed Jane Doe 3 to be Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who in 1999 was known as Virginia Roberts. Roberts Giuffre met Maxwell at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, where Giuffre was working at the time.[14] She asserted that Maxwell had introduced her to Epstein, after which she was "groomed by the two [of them] for his pleasure, including lessons in Epstein's preferences during oral sex."[18][14]

Maxwell has repeatedly denied any involvement in Epstein's crimes.[15] In a 2015 statement, Maxwell rejected allegations that she has acted as a procurer for Epstein and "facilitated Prince Andrew's acts of sexual abuse." Maxwell's spokesperson said that "the allegations made against Ghislaine Maxwell are untrue" and that 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."[17][19]

According to the Miami Herald, Roberts Giuffre sued Maxwell in federal court in the Southern District of New York in 2015. She asserted that Maxwell and Epstein had trafficked her and other underage girls, often at sex parties, hosted by Epstein at his homes in New York, New Mexico, Palm Beach, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Maxwell called her a liar. Roberts Giuffre sued for defamation. While details of the settlement have not been made public,[20] the case was settled in Giuffre's favor, with Maxwell paying Giuffre "millions."[21]

On 16 April 2019, a new accuser, Maria Farmer, went public and filed a sworn affidavit in federal court in New York, saying that she had been sexually assaulted and her then-15-year-old sister had been molested by Epstein and his companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, in 1996.[22]


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  2. ^ a b Haines, Joe (1988). Maxwell. London: Futura. pp. 434 et seq. ISBN 0-7088-4303-4.
  3. ^ Field, Ophelia (2009). Kitten Club: Friends who Imagined a Nation. Harper Press. p. 379.
  4. ^ "Profile of Ghislaine Maxwell", Walker's Research
  5. ^ David Crabtree, et al "A History of Oxford United Football Club" Archived 16 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine, OUFC website, 8 March 2011
  6. ^ "Maxwell daughter in drink case served tea for police". The Guardian. London, England. 10 August 1996. p. 12.
  7. ^ "Family Misfortunes", 21 January 1996, The Observer, pg. 14
  8. ^ Lawson, Mark (20 February 1997). "Shot in the dark?". The Guardian. London, England.
  9. ^ "Soundbites", The Observer, 23 February 1997,
  10. ^ Owen Bowcott (6 March 2011). "Ghislaine Maxwell: Press baron's daughter and Epstein's former lover". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  11. ^ a b Arnold, Amanda (12 July 2019). "Everything We Know About Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's Alleged Madam". New York. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  12. ^ "TerraMar Project launches to celebrate and protect the world's oceans". Mother Nature Network. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Official Twitter announcement of closure". Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  14. ^ a b c d Schneier, Matthew (15 July 2019). "Ghislaine Maxwell, The Socialite on Jeffrey Epstein's Arm". New York. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Ghislaine Maxwell: profile". The Daily Telegraph. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  16. ^ Wells, Matt (10 April 2001). "New role for Andrew in doubt after royal fiasco". The Guardian. London, England.
  17. ^ a b Rayner, Gordon (2 January 2015). "Prince Andrew 'categorically denies' claims he sexually abused teenager". The Daily Telegraph. London, England. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  18. ^ Brown, Julie K. (28 November 2018). "Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark". Miami Herald. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Statement on Behalf of Ghislaine Maxwell" (Press release). Devonshires Solicitors. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  20. ^ Russell, John (25 May 2017). "Billionaire's Alleged Sex Slave Settles Libel Case". Courthouse News Service. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  21. ^ Brown, Julie K. (1 March 2019). "Alan Dershowitz suggests curbing press access to hearing on Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse". Miami Herald. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  22. ^ Brown, Julie K. (16 April 2019). "New Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Goes Public: Defamation Lawsuit Targets Dershowitz". Miami Herald. Retrieved 17 April 2019.