Ghislaine Maxwell: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein

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Ghislaine Maxwell is the former girlfriend, partner and alleged procurer of underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein, the multi-millionaire financier and registered sex offender who was arrested and charged with federal child sex trafficking charges. Maxwell has been accused of procuring and recruiting young girls for Epstein. She was named as a co-conspirator in the first case against Epstein but was granted immunity.

Epstein is reported to have committed suicide while in a federal lockup in New York City, though the medical examiner has yet to officially determine the cause and manner of death, as provided in a statement emailed to Heavy Sunday.

Prior to Epstein’s indictment in the new case in July 2019, Maxwell had resurfaced as part of the fight by journalists to reveal files from the prior case. The Miami Herald filed a motion in federal court in 2018 to have the whole Epstein case file unsealed. Now, major media outlets have signed on to the appeal including The Washington Post. Maxwell is among those who do not want the documents unsealed, the Herald reported.

Epstein, 66, was a Florida Department of Law Enforcement registered sex offender/predator. Epstein was convicted on one count of procuring a person under age of 18 for prostitution in 2008. He did just 13 months of a sweetheart 18-month sentence. And he has been free to roam; FDLE records show he’s left Palm Beach County to stay in New York, Paris and the Virgin Islands among other locations.

Maxwell was Epstein’s one-time girlfriend and then, allegedly became his procurer, or as is known more colloquially, pimp or madam. She has categorically denied this allegation.

Maxwell is a philanthropist and was focused on ocean conservancy founding a non-profit to clean up “the high seas.” She scuttled it in the wake of Epstein’s arrest.


Following Epstein’s death, it’s reported investigators may be looking more closely at Maxwell, if they can find her.

Here’s what you need to know about Ghislaine Maxwell:

1. Maxwell Is the Daughter of Disgraced British Media Magnate Robert Maxwell

British press baron Robert Maxwell in 1980.

Maxwell is the youngest child of the disgraced media mogul Robert Maxwell, whose body was found floating in the waters off of the Canary Islands near his yacht named the Lady Ghislaine. An inquest found the death accidental despite rumors. She said in 1997 that she thought he was murdered. After his death, it was learned that Maxwell had raided the pension assets of the Mirror Group Newspapers he owned.

Maxwell, who owned the New York Daily News, was a Czechoslovakian-born British millionaire and former Labour MP.

Ghislaine Maxwell, who attended Oxford University and founded the Kit Kat Club for women, would move to New York City and begin her life as a Manhattan socialite after her father’s death.

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GettySocialite Ghisllane Maxwell attends Cartier’s “Le Baiser du Dragon” honoring New Yorkers for Children May 6, 2003 at the Cartier Mansion in New York City.

And it was in New York that she met Epstein.

2.Maxwell Moved to the US, Met Epstein & They Dated. They Were Friends With Donald Trump & Prince Andrew

Epstein was a billionaire and Maxwell an heiress and socialite with royal friends, including Prince Andrew. It’s been widely reported that the three socialized together.

Maxwell was very well-connected and counted supermodels, presidents, and royalty as friends.

Ghislaine Maxwell, Naomi Campbell

Ghislaine Maxwell (L) and Super Model Naomi Campbell (R) at the Rosa Cha Post-Show Celebration party hosted by Super Model Naomi Campbell and NC Connect at Man Ray on September 19, 2002 in New York City.

Other highly placed friends included Donald J. Trump and his then-girlfriend Melania Knauss. In fact, it was at Mar-a-Lago that Maxwell would meet the young girl that would soon become a victim, given her age, of the sexual abuse at the hands of Epstein and Maxwell, she’d later allege.

3.The Couple Stopped Dating But She Allegedly Procured Young Girls as Sex Slaves for Epstein

How teen runaway Virginia Roberts became one of Jeffrey Epstein's victimsVirginia Roberts was working at Mar-a-Lago when she was recruited by Ghislaine Maxwell to be a masseuse to Palm Beach hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein. She says she was groomed for sex with him and his associates, attorney Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew. Video by Emily Michot Read our full Perversion of Justice investigation into…2018-11-30T18:10:06.000Z

The Miami Herald spent months doing a deep dive investigation into Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking, which would have been accomplished in part with his partner and former lover Maxwell. Virginia Roberts Giuffre came forward and told her story. As a teen runaway, she became one of a number of Epstein “sex slaves.”

According to Radar Online, which published the transcript of a call between Roberts and her lawyers, Epstein preferred the teens he had sex with the wear latex and bondage outfits and to dress up as even younger school girls. Roberts was reported to have said that Maxwell, who is alleged to have been Epstein’s pimp, encouraged young girls she described as sex slaves to dress up for him.

“Ghislaine would take me to dress up to surprise J.E., or Jeffrey would ask me to get dressed up. That would include wearing a tiny little skirt with nothing underneath, a white-collared shirt that you would be wearing to school with a tie in it, tied up in a bow, my hair in pigtails, stockings on up to my knees, and I would go in there and act like a kid and we’d do role-playing,” Page Six reported on the transcript.

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The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson and Ghislane Maxwell December 8, 2003 in New York City.

Roberts said Epstein pimped her out to the Duke of York, who denied the accusation.

Roberts also alleged she was offered to attorney Alan Dershowitz, and that there are at least 100 victims of Epstein, many allegedly procured by Maxwell, it’s alleged.

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Maxwell said Roberts is a liar.

4. Roberts-Giuffre Sued Maxwell For Slander After the Socialite Called Her Accuser a Liar

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Ghislaine Maxwell attends day 1 of the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548 on September 20, 2013 in New York City.

Maxwell was sued for slander by Roberts Giuffre after the heiress called her a liar. Roberts Giuffre says she was 15 when Maxwell set her up with Epstein in 1999. ​​Maxwell​ denied that and discredited the woman.

In 2015, Roberts Giuffre’s lawsuit charged that Maxwell “undertook a concerted and malicious campaign to discredit [Roberts] and to so damage her reputation that [Roberts]’ factual reporting of what had happened to her would not be credited,” Page Six reported. By 2017, a settlement was negotiated and although the terms have not been made public, it’s been reported Maxwell settled with Roberts Giuffre.

Now, Maxwell is seeking to have all the Epstein court case files kept under seal.

5. Maxwell Founded TerraMar, an Ocean Conservation Nonprofit That She Scuttled After Epstein’s Arrest. She’s Been Involved Social & Civic Events & Benefits, Including One in 2014 For Kids

TerraMar Founder Speaks at the United NationsOcean leaders and the TerraMar Project founder tell the world why an ocean-specific sustainable development goal at the United Nations is essential to healthy oceans for generations to come.2014-03-19T05:39:38.000Z

She may have founded TerraMar, but she sank it just after Epstein’s arrest. And a number of videos were scuttled and delete videos from YouTube and other online locations that featured her and her ocean conservation project. But not all.

On the website, an announcement:

“The TerraMar Project is sad to announce that it will cease all operations. The web site will be closed. TerraMar’s mission has always been to connect ocean lovers to positive actions, highlight science, and bring conscious change to how to people from across the globe can live, work and enjoy the ocean. TerraMar wants to thank all its supporters, partners and fellow ocean lovers. Thank you.”

Previously, the website read TerraMar “aims to celebrate and protect those high seas.”

Launched in 2012 in Monterey, Calif., it was “lifelong marine enthusiast Ghislaine Maxwell’s brainchild.” She’s done TEDx talks on the project she let go down.

The ocean is the biggest world threat | Ghislaine Maxwell | TEDxCharlottesvilleThis talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. TerraMar Project Ghislaine Maxwell is the president and founder of The TerraMar Project (TMP), a web-based non-profit organized to protect the ocean commons by empowering a global community of ocean citizens. In addition to promoting awareness and responsibility for the…2014-12-23T18:50:06.000Z

Maxwell has appeared at Women Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE) symposiums and myriad benefits including the Education Through Music (ETM) Children’s Benefit Gala among others.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 06: Ghislaine Maxwell attends the 2014 ETM (EDUCATION THROUGH MUSIC) Children’s Benefit Gala at Capitale on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

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