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Everything You Need To Know About Ghislaine Maxwell, Her Crimes, And Her Powerful Connections

By Meghan Dillon·· 7 min read
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Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on Thursday, July 2, at her New Hampshire mansion for her alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s pedophilia ring.

Maxwell is facing six charges, as NBC News writes: “four counts are related to allegedly helping transport minors for sexual activity and two for perjury.”

As Epstein’s close friend, ex-girlfriend, and confidante, Maxwell allegedly acted as the madam for Epstein’s ring. She’s accused of luring countless young women, mostly underaged, directly to Epstein’s abuse. Maxwell mysteriously disappeared after Epstein’s controversial death in August 2019, leading some of her alleged victims to believe she was "purposefully evading justice."

Maxwell is accused of luring underage young women directly to Epstein’s abuse.

Maxwell likely knows all of the dirty secrets that died with Epstein, making it possible for their victims to finally receive justice. 

Who Is Ghislaine Maxwell?

Born in Paris, raised in British high society, and educated at Oxford, Maxwell lived a privileged life. She’s the daughter of famed publisher Robert Maxwell and spent the majority of her 20s in the 1980s as a socialite in London.

After her father’s fall from grace in British high society and mysterious death in 1991, 30-year-old Maxwell fled London for New York City. She met Epstein shortly after her arrival, and their unholy alliance began.

Maxwell’s Involvement with Epstein

Maxwell allegedly became romantically involved with Epstein upon her arrival to the United States in the 1990s. They broke up, but remained good friends, Epstein going as far as referring to her as his "best friend" in a 2003 Vanity Fair interview. It’s also rumored that Maxwell used her connections as a socialite to help bring powerful and wealthy people into Epstein’s circle. This made the pair invincible.

Maxwell would “try to normalize sexual abuse for a minor victim.”

According to the stories of alleged victims, Maxwell helped recruit underaged girls, often vulnerable and in poverty, to come to see Jeffrey Epstein. She would promise them a way out of all their problems, often offering them modeling careers or help them pay for school, only to have the girls face sexual abuse. 

She helped groom girls for sexual exploitation.

The girls were often led to a room where Maxwell would ask them to give Epstein a massage, which led to the sexual abuse. Maxwell was often in the same room. According to a federal indictment, Maxwell would “try to normalize sexual abuse for a minor victim by among other things, discussing sexual topics, undressing in front of the victim, being present when a minor victim was undressed, and/or being present for sex acts involving the minor victim and Epstein.”

Maxwell used her elegance and charm to help gain the trust of the victims by acting like a big sister or mother figure. This was her way of grooming victims. If these girls saw someone as powerful as Maxwell as their friend, they would likely believe nothing bad would happen to them under her watch. 

She used her status as a woman to gain the girls' trust.

Maria Farmer, one of the early victims and the first woman to accuse Epstein and Maxwell of sexual abuse, says, “Ghislaine was key in making me feel safe. I trusted her because she is a woman. She would make us trust her, she would make us really care about her. My sister even said that she would feel so special if Ghislaine paid attention to her because she had that way about her, you know, the popular girl in school, she was one of those. She knew everybody. She was so dangerous, and all of it for her is about power and money.”

Both Farmer and her sister, Annie, were allegedly abused by the pair and reported it to the authorities. The FBI got involved but didn’t help either of the young women. Maxwell went on to threaten them. According to Maria, Maxwell once said, “You're going out to jog on the West Side Highway every day, and I know this. You need to be very careful because there's so many ways to die there. So you have to be really careful. Look over your shoulder.” 

“Ghislaine was key in making me feel safe. I trusted her because she is a woman.”

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, another victim of Epstein and Maxwell’s alleged sexual abuse, claims that Maxwell sometimes got physically involved in the sexual abuse. Giuffre was present via video chat when Maxwell went before the federal magistrate, claiming Maxwell was in tears over her arrest. Giuffre cried as well, but with tears of joy. She says, “This day to me has been like one of the best days of my life. I have not stopped smiling and crying happy tears.”

Maxwell’s Powerful Connections

Maxwell was mainly valuable to Epstein due to her powerful connections. Some of her most powerful connections that are possibly involved in this case are Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton.

Prince Andrew

Maxwell knew Prince Andrew from her time as a British socialite in the 1980s and introduced him to Epstein. Alongside her allegations against Epstein and Maxwell, Virginia Roberts Giuffre accused Prince Andrew of sexually assaulting her when she was 17 years old in 2001. Prince Andrew denied her claim and went on the BBC to try to clear his name, but the interview made him look guilty to the court of public opinion. The interview horrified both the public and the Royal Family.

Maxwell allegedly has video footage of Prince Andrew that can incriminate him.

Since the interview, the rest of the Royal Family has distanced themselves from Prince Andrew.  Andrew has the strongest case against him. Maxwell allegedly has video footage of Prince Andrew that can incriminate him.

Bill Clinton

Maxwell’s ties to Clinton are mainly related to Epstein's connection with Clinton. Clinton denies ever attending Epstein’s island, as alleged in the recent Netflix documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, though the flight logs and witnesses say otherwise. According to the new book, A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise of Jeffrey Epstein, Clinton and Maxwell allegedly had an affair during his infamous stay on Epstein’s island.

The one claim that can be confirmed is that Maxwell did attend Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in 2010, implying that she has an intimate relationship with the Clinton family.

And there are many more.

The question really isn't who has been seen with Ghislaine Maxwell, but who hasn't? This list only brushes the surface of how many powerful and influential people have either been photographed with or are known associates of Maxwell and Epstein. There's even an Instagram account now devoted to calling out celebs who were photographed with Maxwell. One infamous photo shows Maxwell lounging on the thrones in Buckingham palace with Kevin Spacey (who has also been accused of sexual misconduct.)

It’s important to acknowledge Maxwell’s connections to some of the most powerful men in the world because they likely helped her and Epstein get away with their crimes. If she confesses the names of those who helped silence her victims, they will be closer to receiving the justice they deserve.

Closing Thoughts

After Epstein’s controversial death, it looked like his victims might never get justice and that the secrets of the powerful people he had connections with died with him. With Maxwell in custody, there’s a chance for justice. Epstein and Maxwell victimized countless young women, and only Maxwell knows who else conspired with them. For justice to be served, Maxwell needs to remain alive to stand trial and give up the names of those involved. It’s the only way the women who survived this horrible sex trafficking ring will ever get justice.

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