Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted on 29 December 2021 on five counts in a case related to Jeffrey Epstein; here are 5 facts you should know about her.
If you are unfamiliar with Maxwell’s story, it may sound like fiction. However, be assured that it is very real. For instance, it took seven months (December 2019 to July 2020) for the FBI to track her down physically. But why were they looking for her in the first place?
It all began in 2019 when Reuters named her among those under investigation related to Epstein’s trafficking scandal. Before then, she had withdrawn from public life and had not been photographed publicly since 2016. Her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein started in the 1990s and has been described as many things, including his ‘main girlfriend,’ ‘Lady of (his) the House,’ ‘best friend,’ and more.
Certainly, these are not all crimes. Instead, the major allegations against her were that of ‘procuring and s_xually trafficking underage girls for Epstein and others,’ according to The Daily Beast. Yet, it was not until July 2020 that Maxwell was officially charged with enticing minors, s_x trafficking of children, and perjury — six federal crimes in total. Also, given her history, the court denied her bail on the basis that she is a flight risk.’
Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial began on 29 November 2021 with 12 jurors, and an expert on false memory syndrome, psychologist Elizabeth Loftus, was called as an expert witness for the defense. Eventually, she was convicted on 29 December, and Associated Press claimed that the crimes carried a potential custodial sentence of up to 65 years imprisonment.
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Of all the six charges, she was acquitted of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal s_x acts. Meanwhile, her family released a statement that they had commenced an appeal. Also, her perjury trial — lying under oath about Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse — is scheduled for 2022.
Now, here are 5 facts you should know about her.
5 facts about Ghislaine Maxwell
1. Besides the fact that Maxwell had proved to be as slippery as an eel on several other occasions, another reason that the court refused her bail on five different occasions is that she has multiple citizenship. While she is British by birth, she is a naturalized US citizen, and she holds a passport from France as well.
2. Ghislaine Maxwell was born on Christmas Day! Yes, she was born on 25 December 1961, and she turned 60 in 2021, four days before her conviction.
3. She is a trained helicopter pilot, and she flew Epstein to his private Caribbean island, Little Saint James, according to several sources. This was the location of many of his s_xual crimes.
4. Maxwell is no stranger to scandal; when she turned 30, her father had already entrusted most of his business dealings to her. So, when he was found dead in 1991 and also implicated in appropriating pension assets of up to £400 million, she was was not very shaken. Although her brothers were charged with the crime because they were believed to be involved with their father, they were acquitted.
5. Ghislaine Maxwell was secretly married to Scott Borgerson, former CEO of CargoMetrics, since 2016, and this was only revealed in 2020 following investigations into where she had been hiding from the law. However, there is no mention of her having kids with Borgerson or any other man.
Ghislaine Maxwell net worth
Her father has been described as ‘extremely rich,’ and the late Epstein, who she is a longtime friend of, is also known for his deep pockets and fat bank account. This is why it isn’t surprising that many people are interested in what she is worth.
TIME magazine reported that she had claimed to have less than $1 million in the bank and no monthly income in July 2020. Online sources speculate that Ghislaine Maxwell is worth between $40 million to $100 million in 2021. According to their investigation reports, she had nearly 15 bank accounts with a total of $20 million and sold a Manhattan townhouse for $15 million in 2016. She also holds offshore accounts, which points to the fact that she is extremely wealthy beyond what the investigators have uncovered.
While the story is still developing, Maxwell faces the possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison. It is ironic that two of the men she was closest to — her father and Epstein — died from suicide under controversial circumstances. She also still has a pending case of perjury that may begin in 2022. For several years, she had appeared invincible, but things are taking a turn for the worse for her. You may also like to read our latest article, Learn these safety tips now for a memorable New Year’s Eve.