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Ghislaine Maxwell will NEVER sell out Prince Andrew

– but might talk about Clinton and Trump – says confidante Laura Goldman as she claims the royal and the socialite had a fling and the Duke is urged to go to the FBI

  • Maxwell was arrested on charges of procuring underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein 
  • She was arrested Thursday at $1million ‘Tuckedaway’ home in New Hampshire 
  • Pressure mounted on Prince Andrew to speak to the FBI first last night
  • But Ghislaine’s friend Laura Goldman said she would ‘never sell out’ the Prince
  • She suggested Maxwell could discuss US Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump’s relationships with Epstein

By Sam Greenhill and Daniel Bates and Rebecca English and David Barrett For The Daily Mail

Ghislaine Maxwell will ‘never sell out’ Prince Andrew, one of her closest confidantes revealed tonight – as pressure mounts on the royal to speak to the FBI.  

Laura Goldman, a New York stockbroker who has known Maxwell for several years, said she would ‘never’ offer information about alleged links between Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein.

Tonight, it emerged the socialite was once photographed sitting in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace alongside actor Kevin Spacey in 2002, years before police began investigating Epstein’s links to sex trafficking and abuse.

Maxwell could face up to 35 years in prison for six charges of grooming and trafficking after officers swooped on her New Hampshire bolthole on Thursday. 

The developments have brought renewed pressure on the Duke of York to speak to investigators about his relationship with the disgraced paedophile billionaire, following back-and-forth claims that both parties were being uncooperative. 

But Ms Goldman suggested Maxwell would be more likely to discuss Epstein’s dealings with former US President Bill Clinton and his successor Donald Trump instead of Andrew. No allegations have been made about either man. 

‘The only way she can walk is if she gives someone up, but that definitely won’t be Andrew,’ Ms Goldman told The Telegraph, which published the picture of Ghislaine in Buckingham Palace with Spacey.

‘She is so appreciative that when she first came to New York, the Duke helped to launch her into high society. She always talks about what a true friend he is. She doesn’t see any reason to speak about him to the authorities.’

There is concern among royal circles over what implications Ms Maxwell’s arrest in New Hampshire on Thursday could have for the Duke, 60, who was reportedly introduced to the billionaire paedophile by her in 1999. 

Tonight’s bombshell revelation comes as the Mail can reveal:

  • Maxwell started legal moves to purchase her secluded New Hampshire bolthole the very day after Andrew’s car crash TV interview;
  • Victims urged the duke to speak to the FBI, saying ‘more excuses, more delays’ were ‘torture’ for them;
  • The duke’s immediate fate rests with Home Office officials who must judge if the US can quiz him in a court;
  • Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts branded Maxwell ‘an evil monster’ and said she cried tears of joy at her arrest;
  • Ghislaine Maxwell’s confidante Laura Goldman suggested the socialite would more likely discuss former US President Bill Clinton and Donald Trump’s relationships with Epstein over the Duke of York.

Laura Goldman, who has been friends with Ghislaine Maxwell for several years said she would 'never sell out' Prince Andrew following her arrest on child sex charges

Laura Goldman, who has been friends with Ghislaine Maxwell for several years said she would ‘never sell out’ Prince Andrew following her arrest on child sex charges'She is so appreciative that when she first came to New York, the Duke helped to launch her into high society. She always talks about what a true friend he is. She doesn’t see any reason to speak about him to the authorities,' said Ms Goldman

‘She is so appreciative that when she first came to New York, the Duke helped to launch her into high society. She always talks about what a true friend he is. She doesn’t see any reason to speak about him to the authorities,’ said Ms Goldman

Maxwell posed with Kevin Spacey in the throne room 

A photo has emerged of Ghislane Maxwell sitting in the Buckingham Palace Throne Room alongside Kevin Spacey.

It was reported that the pair were on a private tour of the palace organised by the Duke of York for former US president Bill Clinton.

The image, from 2002, was obtained by the Daily Telegraph which reported it was not thought that Epstein was not on the tour.

In the photograph the pair are seen smiling while sat in the throne room.

In 2017 Spacey (above) was accused of sexual assault by the actor Anthony Rapp as the MeToo movement evolved.

A string of other allegations of inappropriate behaviour followed and Spacey’s career has struggled since. 

The Telegraph said it was not thought that Epstein was on the palace tour when the picture was taken.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment. 

Maxwell was this week discovered living quietly in Bradford, a small town in New Hampshire, by FBI and NYPD officers after evading them for a year. 

The socialite was awake and sitting in the living room wearing jogging bottoms and a t-shirt when the FBI swooped on her $1million hideaway. 

A source told The Times Maxwell did not say a word while she was being arrested.

When asked if she was surprised to be found by police, the source said: ‘What do you think?’

The six charges filed against her include conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

She is further charged with conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Yesterday one former associate of her late paedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein predicted she would co-operate fully with the authorities in a bid to reduce any future jail time, adding: ‘There’s a lot of people very worried. She knows everything.’

One lawyer representing Epstein victims, Gloria Allred, said: ‘If Miss Maxwell decides that she is going to co-operate and talk about Prince Andrew… Prince Andrew might want to get to the prosecutors first.’

The duke’s allies insisted he wants to ‘do his best’, claiming he had tried unsuccessfully to break the deadlock with US prosecutors three times in the past month.

The comments came as former Epstein associate Steven Hoffenberg, a convicted fraudster who worked with the financier in the 1980s, said of Maxwell: ‘She’s going to co-operate and be very important. There’s a lot of people very worried. She knows everything. She’ll totally co-operate.’

Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents six of Epstein’s victims, said it was ‘highly likely’ Maxwell, 58, would strike a plea deal with prosecutors.

Another lawyer representing more Epstein victims, Spencer Kuvin, agreed. ‘I think [Maxwell] will talk,’ he said.

‘She will be in panic mode, and will want to do anything to get a lighter sentence. For anyone who has culpability for anything over the past ten to 15 years, I’d be nervous.’

Chillingly, he added: ‘I don’t think she is going to get out of jail alive. I said the same thing about Jeffrey Epstein and people laughed at me. I think she knows way too much… I just have this gut feeling.’

Epstein hanged himself in his cell last August while awaiting trial on child sex charges. His guards were found to have faked records saying they had checked on him.Andrew’s immediate fate is in the hands of Home Office officials, who must decide whether to grant US officials’ request for ‘mutual legal assistance’ made in April. Under the terms of a 1994 treaty between the US and UK, this could see the duke forced to give evidence in a courtroom

Andrew’s immediate fate is in the hands of Home Office officials, who must decide whether to grant US officials’ request for ‘mutual legal assistance’ made in April. Under the terms of a 1994 treaty between the US and UK, this could see the duke forced to give evidence in a courtroom

Conspiracy theories abound that Epstein was killed to stop him talking about his powerful friends. Prince Andrew stayed with Epstein at his mansions in New York, Florida and the Caribbean, where women have claimed they were abused. He also flew on Epstein’s private jet, nicknamed the ‘Lolita Express’.

However, he insisted last year that he never saw, witnesses or suspected ‘any behaviour of the sort’ that led to Epstein’s arrest and conviction for child sex offences.

London mayor Sadiq Khan was among those urging the duke to talk to US officials, telling LBC: ‘I think it’s really important for those of us in positions of power and influence to lead by example.

‘We shouldn’t lose sight of… who the victims are. The victims were children at the time, vulnerable children, young women, and it’s really important that anybody who’s got information helps the FBI and that includes Prince Andrew as well.’Virginia Roberts, who claims she was Epstein’s teenage sex slave and was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times, thanked the FBI for arresting ‘an evil monster’. Pictured: The Prince with a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts as Ghislaine Maxwell stands in the background circa 2001

Virginia Roberts, who claims she was Epstein’s teenage sex slave and was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times, thanked the FBI for arresting ‘an evil monster’. Pictured: The Prince with a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts as Ghislaine Maxwell stands in the background circa 2001

Mrs Allred, who represents five Epstein victims, told Good Morning Britain: ‘I’m just so tired of the excuses. The victims want the truth.

‘We know that Prince Andrew was at Epstein’s home in London and in Manhattan and elsewhere, so he is an important person, and if Miss Maxwell decides that she is going to co-operate and talk about Prince Andrew and what he did there, Prince Andrew might want to get to the prosecutors first.’

Yesterday sources close to the duke, 60, claimed he wants ‘to do his best to offer his assistance as a witness’.

They insisted his legal team had been proactive, sending three emails in the past month to the Americans to ‘open negotiations’ to discuss the terms under which he might give a witness statement.Maxwell was picked up by the FBI and NYPD detectives at 8.30am at the property in Bradford, New Hampshire, she had bought in December 2019 using a limited liability company called Granite Reality LLC to shield her name

 Maxwell was picked up by the FBI and NYPD detectives at 8.30am at the property in Bradford, New Hampshire, she had bought in December 2019 using a limited liability company called Granite Reality LLC to shield her name 

The last contact was made within the past few days but there has been no response, the sources said.

The FBI has made no secret of its wish to meet Andrew face-to-face and question him under oath – suggesting a statement drafted with his lawyers would not suffice.

One insider said Andrew and his team were puzzled as to why other high-profile men linked to Epstein were not being pursued with the same vigour.

‘It seems like the duke is a high-profile scalp for the Department of Justice and they are using his name to rattle cages and look like they are actively doing something,’ they said.

Andrew’s immediate fate is in the hands of Home Office officials, who must decide whether to grant US officials’ request for ‘mutual legal assistance’ made in April.

THE ALLEGATIONS 

THE CHARGES

  • Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)
  • Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)
  • Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
  • Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)
  • X 2 counts of Perjury (x 10 years)

THE ‘FACTS’

Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein.

They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.

Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.

To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions.

She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself.

The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’.

The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.

Under the terms of a 1994 treaty between the US and UK, this could see the duke forced to give evidence in a courtroom.

A specialist unit of civil servants within the Home Office is ‘processing’ the request ‘via the normal channels’, sources said.

Once their recommendation has been made, the final ruling is expected to be made by Home Secretary Priti Patel.

With no time limit attached to the request, officials may not wish to rush their decision. They may also hope the prince resolves the situation himself.

British socialite Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, now faces six federal charges including child abuse, trafficking and perjury.

She was said to have spent the first day following her arrest at Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen, New Hampshire. She will eventually be transferred to Manhattan, where she could end up in the jail where Epstein, 66, killed himself.

She was arrested in a secluded property in the New Hampshire, fittingly called ‘TuckedAway’. The Mail can reveal it was bought via limited company Granite Reality, which was established on November 18 last year.

This was one day after Prince Andrew’s Newsnight interview, intended to clear up his relationship with Epstein but which led to him quitting frontline royal duties.

Maxwell has already made one brief court appearance in New Hampshire but has not entered any plea to allegations relating to three girls, one as young as 14 and another in London.

She allegedly befriended schoolgirls and took them shopping before luring them into Epstein’s clutches, as well as abusing them herself. She has previously denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

Virginia Roberts, who claims she was Epstein’s teenage sex slave and was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times, thanked the FBI for arresting ‘an evil monster’ after she was given the news by her lawyer in an early morning phone call.

Miss Roberts – whose claims the prince strenuously denies – added: ‘When I got the call, I was elated, crying tears of joy, laughing… finally, we got her. This woman found me, groomed me, abused me and handed me over to Jeffrey and his friends.’

The mum-of-three who lives near Cairns in Queensland, said: ‘When I got the call I was elated, crying tears of joy, laughing… finally we got her.

‘It felt even better than when Jeffrey got arrested – he was a pedophile, they cannot be cured. They either belong in jail or six feet under. Ghislaine, on the other hand, is an evil monster.

Ms Roberts claims it was Maxwell who first spotted her while she worked as a spa attendant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, less than a mile away from Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion.

‘This woman found me, groomed me, abused me and handed me over to Jeffrey and his friends,’ she added.

She also vowed that Prince Andrew would be the next person arrested after the FBI found Ghislaine Maxwell, and pleaded with him to cooperate with US investigators.

‘He knows what he has done. He is going to go to jail. He has already lost so much but that is not enough. Justice has to prevail. He has to be held accountable.’

From Donald Trump to Naomi Campbell, why it’s not just Prince Andrew feeling the heat after Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI

By Guy Adams for the Daily Mail 

He might not be able to sweat, but Prince Andrew won’t be the only one feeling a little hot under the collar following Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest. 

The socialite ran almost every aspect of Jeffrey Epstein’s seedy existence, from his homes and private jet to his colourful social calendar, which saw him rubbing shoulders with some of the most famous people in the world. 

Here are some of the figures who had connections to the late paedophile financier and may dread being dragged into the case as witnesses…He might not be able to sweat, but Prince Andrew won’t be the only one feeling a little hot under the collar following Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest

He might not be able to sweat, but Prince Andrew won’t be the only one feeling a little hot under the collar following Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest

Bill Clinton

Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein first met in the early 1990s, when the financier made large donations to both his presidential campaign and to refurbish the White House following his election.

Flight logs from Epstein’s private jet, which was famously dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’, suggest that after leaving office the former US president took at least ten trips on it.

Maxwell is seen above (circled) as Bill Clinton walks daughter Chelsea down the aisle at her wedding

Maxwell is seen above (circled) as Bill Clinton walks daughter Chelsea down the aisle at her wedding

One was a jaunt to Africa when he was joined on board by the actor Kevin Spacey, who much like Mr Clinton, has faced a string of allegations of sexual misconduct.

A book called A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise Of Jeffrey Epstein has alleged that during this period, Clinton and Ghislaine Maxwell were conducting an affair.

The book also claims Epstein once took Mr Clinton to an orgy during an overseas jaunt. The ex-president allegedly walked in but immediately said ‘No, no, no, this is not my thing,’ before leaving.

Even after Epstein’s arrest, Clinton continued to give and receive hospitality. The financier made a $25,000 donation to his foundation in 2006, and in 2010 Maxwell was invited to the wedding of Chelsea Clinton.

Clinton (whose appears 21 times in Maxwell’s ‘little black book’ of contacts) has described claims of an affair as ‘a total lie’ and a spokesman has insisted that he ‘knows nothing about the terrible crimes’.

Donald Trump

The most powerful man in the world was once proud to call himself a bosom buddy of Epstein.

‘I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy,’ he told a New York magazine journalist in 2002. 

‘He’s a lot of fun… It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.’Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell is pictured above with Donald Trump and his now-wife Melania Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell is pictured above with Donald Trump and his now-wife Melania Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida

A now-notorious photo shows Trump and his future wife Melania posing with Epstein and Ghislaine at a tennis tournament in Palm Beach, where both men kept homes.

Donald Trump is pictured above with future wife Melania and Ghislaine Maxwell

Donald Trump is pictured above with future wife Melania and Ghislaine Maxwell

Further insight into the pair’s relationship comes courtesy of a video of the duo taken in 1992 at Mar-a-Lago in which they ogle young women on the dancefloor.

The future president (then recently divorced) is seen grabbing a female guest’s backside, saying: ‘Look at her, back there… She’s hot!’ 

Epstein reacts with a smile and a nod. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Trump has lately changed his tune about his old wingman, saying last year: ‘I haven’t spoken to him in 15 years. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you.’

Alan Dershowitz

One of America’s most famous lawyers, who represented Trump at his recent impeachment trial, headed up the legal ‘dream team’ which negotiated an extraordinary 2008 plea bargain that saw Epstein spend 13 months in an open prison after being accused of dozens of child sex crimes.

The former attorney for everyone from OJ Simpson to Harvey Weinstein was dragged back into the Epstein affair in 2014 by Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts) – perhaps the financier’s most high-profile victim. 

In court papers, Giuffre claimed that she was routinely made ‘available for sex to politically-connected and financially-powerful people’, saying that Dershowitz had abused her as a minor ‘not only in Florida but also on private planes, in New York, New Mexico, and the US Virgin Islands’.The former attorney for everyone from OJ Simpson to Harvey Weinstein was dragged back into the Epstein affair in 2014 by Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts) – perhaps the financier’s most high-profile victim

The former attorney for everyone from OJ Simpson to Harvey Weinstein was dragged back into the Epstein affair in 2014 by Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts) – perhaps the financier’s most high-profile victim

In a 2018 court hearing, it emerged that a second alleged victim, Sarah Ransome, claimed to have been told by Maxwell ‘to have sex with third parties, including Alan Dershowitz, for example’.

Dershowitz vigorously denies all claims of impropriety. He admits having received a massage at Epstein’s home but says it came from an ‘old woman’.

Woody Allen

The film-maker didn’t appear to have much in common with Jeffrey Epstein, aside from having been on the wrong end of abuse allegations, when he agreed to attend a dinner party at the convicted child sex offender’s Manhattan home shortly before Christmas 2010.

His dinner party invitation was extended by Maxwell, who assembled an array of stellar guests.

The main draw, however, was Prince Andrew who, according to the New York gossip columns, waxed lyrical about Prince William’s forthcoming wedding. 

‘Everyone at the table, including Woody Allen jokingly asked him for an invite,’ read a report. ‘But he just smiled.’

Allen and Epstein’s relationship blossomed. In 2013, the duo were spotted strolling around the city’s Upper East Side together, with a US newspaper reporting: ‘The former hedgefunder was “hugging (Allen) and talking close to his ear” on Sunday.’The film-maker didn’t appear to have much in common with Jeffrey Epstein, aside from having been on the wrong end of abuse allegations, when he agreed to attend a dinner party at the convicted child sex offender’s Manhattan home shortly before Christmas 2010

The film-maker didn’t appear to have much in common with Jeffrey Epstein, aside from having been on the wrong end of abuse allegations, when he agreed to attend a dinner party at the convicted child sex offender’s Manhattan home shortly before Christmas 2010

Jean-Luc Brunel

The French modelling agent made his name in the 1980s, claiming to have launched the careers of Jerry Hall and Sharon Stone.

He became matey with Epstein during the late 1990s, growing to become his closest male friend, and has been widely accused of using a Florida agency they co-founded called MC2 to fly dozens of young girls to America on model visas.

Court papers allege the women were ‘farmed out’ to have sex with the paedophile and his associates.

Naomi Campbell

The hot-tempered supermodel – – was dragged into the Epstein affair in 2010, when court papers revealed that she had once flown in the paedophile’s private jet.

In January, further controversy erupted when Virginia Giuffre used Twitter to share photographs of herself standing next to Maxwell and Campbell at the supermodel’s 31st birthday party in St Tropez in the early 2000s.In January, further controversy erupted when Virginia Giuffre used Twitter to share photographs of herself standing next to Maxwell and Campbell at the supermodel’s 31st birthday party in St Tropez in the early 2000s

In January, further controversy erupted when Virginia Giuffre used Twitter to share photographs of herself standing next to Maxwell and Campbell at the supermodel’s 31st birthday party in St Tropez in the early 2000s

Ehud Barak

The one-time Israeli prime minister featured prominently in Epstein’s address book.

It has emerged Epstein had invested in one of Barak’s business ventures in 2015. Then US tax records revealed he had received $2million in grants from a foundation which counted the disgraced financier as a trustee.

In July, the dispute went stratospheric when the Mail published photos from 2016 showing Barak wearing a huge coat and hat to enter the child sex offender’s New York home.

Several young women were photographed entering the property around the same time. Barak later confessed he’d met Epstein at least ten times, but denied ever seeing him ‘in the company of women or young girls’.

Five-star fugitive Ghislaine Maxwell: $20million from Jeffrey Epstein, a luxury hideaway bought in cash and a pampered life on the run a world away from the jail cell where she awaits her fate… 

By Tom Leonard In Bradford, New Hampshire For The Daily Mail 

Ghislaine Maxwell was never going to turn up shivering in a backwoods cabin or swatting away bugs in some grass hut on an uncharted tropical island.

The public-school and Oxford-educated socialite was the spoilt favourite child of an indulgent tycoon father, and moneyed companion of billionaires and heads of state. The woman who was until this week the world’s most famous fugitive hasn’t let her standards slip.

When the FBI and police finally caught up with her on Thursday morning, it was at the imposing entrance to a luxurious New England home worth more than $1million (£860,000) which she’d bought in cash in December – continuing what the FBI acidly described as her ‘life of privilege’.

The contrast with her former companion and alleged partner-in-crime Jeffrey Epstein, who spent his final days looking over his shoulder in a grim New York jail cell, couldn’t have been more stark. 

A year ago this month, the paedophile financier was arrested in Manhattan for the sex trafficking of minors. The alleged ‘madam’ accused of procuring him underage girls and sometimes taking part in the abuse herself mysteriously slipped out of sight.Maxwell was photographed sitting in an outdoor Los Angeles burger bar (pictured) days after Epstein’s death. However, it was revealed the picture had been staged, designed to throw pursuers off the scent

Maxwell was photographed sitting in an outdoor Los Angeles burger bar (pictured) days after Epstein’s death. However, it was revealed the picture had been staged, designed to throw pursuers off the scent

Maxwell, the 58-year-old daughter of the late, disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert, was photographed sitting in an outdoor Los Angeles burger bar days after Epstein’s death. However, it was revealed the picture had been staged, designed to throw pursuers off the scent.

So where was she? The disappearing act, even as the FBI made clear it wanted to talk to her, was so impressive some concluded her bevy of rich and powerful friends must have been sheltering her.

The sightings and rumours were appropriately glamorous and exciting – she was reportedly staying at the £2million seafront home in Massachusetts of a rich boyfriend, Scott Borgerson, and later she was spotted at a ritzy resort in Brazil with a friend of Epstein, the boss of a model agency.

Maxwell’s mother Elisabeth was French and she has family in France, so it didn’t seem too surprising when it was rumoured she was staying in a chateau in the south of that country; only a few days ago, we were confidently told she was staying in the Paris flat of a French millionaire.Jeffery Epstein's alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell was found by the FBI and police in a $1m luxury New England home, pictured above

Jeffery Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell was found by the FBI and police in a $1m luxury New England home, pictured above

And given rumours that Epstein and Maxwell were Mossad spies, nor did it sound completely outrageous when she was reported to be living in an Israeli ‘safe house’. In February, it was even claimed she was hiding on a submarine.

The reality, it has now emerged, is less thrilling. According to US prosecutors, Maxwell spent the year ‘hiding out in locations in New England’, finally finding what she thought was the perfect bolthole, one so secure and secluded that nobody would find her. The large hillside home she bought in December in the isolated and deathly quiet New Hampshire town of Bradford, certainly lives up to its name – Tuckedaway.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t tucked away enough. The FBI not only arrested her there on Thursday morning but then filed a court memo which laid bare how its investigators had known a lot more about what Maxwell has been up to than she probably realised.

Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured in October 2016, in one of her final social appearances

Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured in October 2016, in one of her final social appearances

THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MAXWELL

THE CHARGES

  • Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)
  • Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)
  • Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
  • Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)
  • X 2 counts of Perjury (x 10 years)

THE ‘FACTS’ 

Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein. 

They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.

Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.

To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions. 

She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself. 

The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’. 

The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel. 

Describing how she went to ‘extreme lengths’ to remain undetected over the past 12 months, they said she had moved at least twice in that time but remained in New England – one of those locations could well have been the boyfriend’s multi-million pound home in Massachusetts. 

Not only that, she switched her primary phone number, which she registered under the name ‘G Max’, and email address, ordering delivery packages under a pseudonym.

Maxwell did all she could to move to Bradford without leaving a trace, say investigators and the estate agent who handled the deal. After the vendor of the house refused to let her buy it without her name being on purchase papers, Maxwell did it through what officials called a ‘carefully anonymised LLC’, a private company set up to conceal her identity.

And she hasn’t been alone in all these shenanigans. A mystery man with a posh English accent accompanied Maxwell twice to look at the property, presenting themselves to the estate agent as husband and wife. 

The agent concluded Maxwell must have been a film star as the man was so anxious to keep her identity a secret. He sounds like the same tall and bearded man who opened the door to police on Thursday morning.

Maxwell reportedly ran into a bedroom but eventually came out, demanding her lawyer.

The charges are extremely serious, carrying a risk of life imprisonment if she is found guilty.

Prosecutors have further justified their insistence that Maxwell is denied bail by pointing to evidence of her huge wealth, arguing she poses a flight risk. She is currently held in a nearby jail. An American investigation of her finances found she had held 15 bank accounts since 2016 and that huge amounts have been transferred between them and between accounts associated with Epstein.

In total, Maxwell is alleged to have received more than $20million from Epstein between 2007 and 2011.

In addition, she admitted she has foreign bank accounts with more than $1million in them, said officials. She also received a large sum from the proceeds from a house she sold in Midtown Manhattan in 2016 for $15million (£12.1million), and which may have been given to her by Epstein.

At about the time she sold the mansion, and US authorities began examining hundreds of criminal complaints against Epstein, Maxwell – once ubiquitous on the New York social scene – started shunning the limelight. In 2017, her lawyers told a judge that they had no idea where she was. They thought she might be in London, but claimed to have no current address.

And yet investigators now say she has taken at least 15 international flights, including to Britain, Qatar and Japan, in the past three years. She has three passports – British, American and French.Audrey Strauss, acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, gestures as she speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Maxwell on Thursday

Audrey Strauss, acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, gestures as she speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Maxwell on Thursday

While using the passports would have rung alarm bells, it appears she has been able to travel within the US. Henk van Ess, a respected Dutch investigator, claimed on Thursday that by working out Maxwell’s computer address from emails she sent to an environmental charity she set up, he had been able to plot her locations, finding that she recently travelled from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire.

Experts believe the FBI didn’t act earlier because it was waiting until it believed it had a copper-bottomed case against her.

Her closest neighbour in Bradford, who asked to be identified as ‘John’, said he had noticed an unusually higher number of helicopters and light planes flying overhead since she bought the house in December. Might she have been aware she was being watched? Interestingly, the agent who sold Maxwell the house said she had asked questions about how often planes flew over the property.

As to what she has been doing in hiding, Vanity Fair yesterday cited friends who say her once-opulent life has been ‘stripped down to the bare essentials’ – iPhone, iPad, laptop, casual clothing, and an inexpensive pressure cooker with which she emulated her Cordon Bleu–trained mother’s French recipes: Beef bourguignon, red cabbage and apples, and leek soup.

She keeps fit obsessively, running and swimming. Before gyms closed down, she regularly boxed.

She began to take extra precautions when she started receiving death threats, both online and by phone. The threats accelerated with Epstein’s arrest and have become ‘a routine part of her life’.Epstein was found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center (pictured) last August while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges

Epstein was found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (pictured) last August while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges

Every day she spoke with her lawyers about her defence, paying a team in New York, Colorado, the UK and the Virgin Islands rates of up to $1,500 an hour.

A friend said: ‘She speaks to lawyers and blood relatives. That is her universe. Defending all of these cases is a full-time job.’

At night, she read – including Boris Johnson’s biography of Churchill and a book about Epstein by Bradley Edwards, the Florida lawyer who pursued him.

Bradford is a classic pretty little New England town of 1,650 people with white clapboard houses and – as every resident was happy to admit – nothing going on.

Hearty summer pursuits of hiking, camping and boating on the numerous local lakes are attractions, while amenities don’t run beyond a takeaway pizza restaurant, a branch of Dunkin’ Donuts, a petrol station, a small organic vegetables market and a restaurant offering ‘casual country dining’ which staff categorically confirmed Maxwell had never visited. Most of the neighbours are blue-collar types in modest homes.

It is, for all these reasons, possibly the last place one would expect to find a jet-setting, networking, party-loving bon viveuse like Ghislaine Maxwell. But it’s one great strength was its near-invisibility. The entrance is a heavily wooded track running off a remote hilly road, unsurfaced in places, on the outskirts of Bradford.

The timber-frame house has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and sweeping views of the Mount Sunapee foothills.

Built in 2002, it has a ‘great room’ with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and ‘cathedral ceiling’.

Many locals weren’t even aware it existed and drove round looking for it after news of the arrest broke. ‘We’ve been here 20 years and this is the most excitement we’ve ever had,’ said neighbour Tricia Dunne. Dick Morris, who lives opposite her drive, wasn’t fazed by her infamy. ‘She was just trying to keep herself out of prison,’ he said.

Ghislaine Maxwell’s ‘bedtime reading in hiding was a book about Jeffrey Epstein victims as it’s revealed she passed the time cooking, swimming and boxing’ before being arrested by the FBI

By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Ghislaine Maxwell read a book about Jeffrey Epstein‘s victims before she went to sleep at night while in hiding, according to a source close to her. 

Maxwell, 58,is currently in custody awaiting her next court appearance – which will be in New York – on charges of child sex trafficking and perjury. If convicted, she faces 35 years behind bars.

She was arrested on Thursday in a $1million property in New Hampshire which she paid for in cash in December using the name of a company she formed a month earlier to try to avoid detection.

While hiding away from the world, she passed the time exercising and cooking, Vanity Fair reported on Friday, citing an unidentified source with ‘knowledge’ of Ghislaine’s time in extended lock-down. 

She ran every day, swam and – before gyms closed – liked to box, the person said. Ghislaine Maxwell shown in 2013. She has not been pictured since her arrest

Ghislaine Maxwell shown in 2013. She has not been pictured since her arrest

She cooked using an ‘inexpensive’ pressure cooker and made dishes like red cabbage and apple, beef bourguignon and leek soup.

She might watch the news but, the source said, in the evenings preferred to read. 

Among materials was a Winston Churchill biography and Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein, a book written by lawyer Bradley Edwards, who represents some of the women suing Epstein’s estate.

This is the book Maxwell's friends say she read at night

This is the book Maxwell’s friends say she read at night 

Cut off from her old, high-flying friends, she used an iPhone and iPad to speak only to her ‘blood relatives and lawyers’. 

Her ‘work’ was fending off lawsuits in which she was accused of procuring underage girls for Epstein or having sex with them herself. 

‘Her life is lawyers. She speaks to lawyers and blood relatives. 

‘That is her universe. Defending all of these cases is a full-time job,’ the friend told the magazine, before she was arrested. 

Their comments were published on Friday. 

The friend also said that Maxwell saw no future for herself beyond what she was living in. 

Court documents have revealed that she has 15 bank accounts around the world which she regularly shifts money between.

Between 2007 an 2011, Epstein – who killed himself in prison last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges – gave her at least $20million. Maxwell has spent at least some of her time in hiding at the property in New Hampshire where she was arrested on Thursday (shown)

Maxwell has spent at least some of her time in hiding at the property in New Hampshire where she was arrested on Thursday (shown)The kitchen in the NH house. Friends of Ghislaine say she spent much of her time in hiding cooking

The kitchen in the NH house. Friends of Ghislaine say she spent much of her time in hiding cooking 

Why exactly is unclear. She, for a time, was paid to look after his homes and it has been suggested that she also looked after his social calendar. Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in August last year in prison

Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in August last year in prison

In 2015, Maxwell used some of the money to buy an Upper East Side home for $16.9million. 

She sold the property a year later for $1million less. 

The six-bedroom, six-level townhouse is on East 65th Street. It boasts a roof terrace and ground level garden, and spans 6,900 sq ft. 

It’s unclear why she sold it so promptly and for less. 

At the time she was in the thick of depositions as part of a lawsuit filed against her by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

Since then, Ghislaine’s movements are murky. 

She was photographed in London last June, around a month before Epstein’s arrest, and at the time she is believed to have still been meeting up with Prince Andrew, her long-time friend.

By August, she was back in the US. She was last seen at an In-N-Out Burger in L.A., ten days after Epstein killed himself. Prosecutors say that she has been hiding out in New England in at least three locations since then. The allegations in the indictment that was unsealed yesterday rounds off a remarkable fall from grace for the international socialite.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Australian ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts ‘cries tears of joy’ at the arrest of his socialite alleged ‘fixer’ Ghislaine Maxwell

By Aidan Wondracz For Daily Mail Australia 

Virginia Roberts Giuffre cried tears of joy following the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell after she accused the British socialite and late US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein of forcing her to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was a teenager.

Maxwell was taken into custody at Bradford, New Hampshire on Thursday, following allegations she groomed three unnamed young girls for her former boyfriend Epstein and his friends. 

Ms Roberts, described as Epstein’s teenage ‘sex slave’, told The Australian newspaper she was elated when her American lawyer phoned her with news of Maxwell’s arrest this week.  

Ms Roberts has sensationally claimed Maxwell arranged for her to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew at her London townhouse and shared a photograph of her, Andrew and Maxwell she said was taken at the time, in 2000.

Andrew vehemently denied her story and Maxwell said in a deposition that Giuffre was ‘totally lying.’  Virginia Roberts Giuffre cried tears of joy following the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell after she accused the 59-year-old and late US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein of forcing her to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was a teenager

Virginia Roberts Giuffre cried tears of joy following the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell after she accused the 59-year-old and late US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein of forcing her to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was a teenagerMs Giuffre claims she was only 17-years-old when the pair forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew in 2000 - an allegation the Duke of York has vehemently denied - while a photograph shows the then-teenager posing alongside her accused and Maxwell (pictured, Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell)

Ms Giuffre claims she was only 17-years-old when the pair forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew in 2000 – an allegation the Duke of York has vehemently denied – while a photograph shows the then-teenager posing alongside her accused and Maxwell (pictured, Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell)

Ms Roberts said on Saturday: ‘When I got the call I was elated, crying tears of joy, laughing … finally we got her.’

In her Twitter feed, Ms Giuffre also posted a picture of a sunset along with the caption: ‘As I take a moment of silence watching the sun go down I find myself supremely grateful for this day. 

‘#GhislaineMaxwellArrested made this sunset even more glorious.’

Ms Giuffre claims she met Maxwell when she was a 16-year-old spa attendant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.   

She had expressed her desire to become a massage therapist when Ms Giuffre said Maxwell made it seem like she wanted to help her.  

‘This woman came off like Mary Poppins, like this really genuine nice lady, nicely dressed who wanted to help people get ­further in life,’ she said.

‘She said ‘Oh, I know this guy looking for a massage therapist, you’ll travel the world and make lots of money’.’  Maxwell (pictured, with late Jeffrey Epstein) was taken into custody at Bradford, New Hampshire on Thursday, following allegations she procured young girls for her former boyfriend Epstein and his friends

Maxwell (pictured, with late Jeffrey Epstein) was taken into custody at Bradford, New Hampshire on Thursday, following allegations she procured young girls for her former boyfriend Epstein and his friendsA source familiar with Maxwell's case said she is being held at the Merrimack County Jail, a medium-security facility 20 miles from the luxurious home where she was arrested

A source familiar with Maxwell’s case said she is being held at the Merrimack County Jail, a medium-security facility 20 miles from the luxurious home where she was arrested

A source familiar with Maxwell’s case told Reuters she is being held at the Merrimack County Jail, a medium-security facility 20 miles from the luxurious home where she was arrested.

Maxwell is expected to be transferred to New York for a court appearance next week, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said.

Epstein was awaiting trial on federal charges of trafficking minors between 2002 and 2005 when he was found hanged in a New York City jail in August. 

Medical examiners concluded his death was a suicide.

‘Given what happened to Epstein and the special attention to this case, I would imagine there are orders from pretty high up to keep a close eye on her,’ said Andrew Winters, a New Hampshire defense lawyer not involved in Maxwell’s defense who is familiar with the jail.

Maxwell is likely in her own holding cell where she can be observed at all times, said Ted Lothstein, another New Hampshire criminal defense lawyer.

‘They are going to have her on the tightest security imaginable,’ said Lothstein, who frequently visits the jail but is not representing the British socialite.

A jail attendant directed requests for comment to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service, who declined to comment on Maxwell’s conditions. Maxwell’s lawyer, Larry Vogelman, also declined to comment on her conditions.

The jail is a ‘well-run’ and ‘low-key’ facility, Lothstein said, and ‘a vastly better jail than where she will be sent to in New York City.’

Lothstein said new inmates at the Merrimack County Jail are generally held in a booking area for their first days there, where jail staff are able to keep a close eye on a few surrounding cells.

‘There’s nothing there,’ Lothstein said of the booking area. ‘You can’t interact with anyone in any other cell.’

After a psychological examination and risk assessment, inmates are moved into the general population. Women are held in a unit separated from the men.

Given Maxwell’s profile and imminent transfer to New York, she would likely never be moved to the New Hampshire jail’s general population, Lothstein said.

Despite the lack of company and television access in the central booking area, Maxwell is ‘probably happy to be there’ and not in the women’s unit, where she would likely be threatened and insulted, Lothstein said.

‘Anybody charged with child sex abuse is public enemy number one in terms of how other inmates perceive them,’ Lothstein said. ‘I would expect she would fall squarely into that category.’

Winters said Maxwell also would be less likely to contract the coronavirus in the central booking area, away from the jail’s general population.

In March, a county official told the Concord Monitor that the jail was taking steps to mitigate spread of the virus, which at the time had about 170 inmates and 115 staff.

That month, a correctional officer at the jail tested positive for the virus, the official told the newspaper.

In general, the facility has a ‘good reputation’ for safety and professionalism on the part of staff and administrators, Winters said.

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