Will Ghislaine Maxwell finally name “co-conspirators” now?
When people think of Ghislaine Maxwell, they can’t help but think of Jeffrey Epstein. It seems as though the federal courts have the same issue. Whenever they release new information regarding Maxwell’s case, Epstein’s name pops up frequently.
Known socialite Maxwell is now facing trial for many charges connected with her allegedly covering up his crimes. Many of those crimes involve sexual assault and sex trafficking of minors.
But a well-oiled machine like one that operates on the abuse of children doesn’t operate with only two people. Who was helping her cover her tracks? Who was helping her avoid legal consequences?
The name Ghislaine Maxwell is now synonymous with the name convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Before she was allegedly grooming minors, she worked for her father’s publishing company.
Maxwell was born in France to French Scholar Elisabeth & Czechoslovak-born British media proprietor Robert Maxwell. Headington Hill Hall was the fifty-three-room mansion Maxwell called home. It was also where she started her first programming job.
She later became a prominent figure in both the London and then New York City social scene. It’s unclear when she first met Epstein. But she’s been a close confidant and alleged partner-in-crime ever since.
A corrupt friendship
Ghislaine Maxwell has been associated with Epstein for well over thirty years now. Media attention on their friendship started with a report in the British newspaper The Times.
The two allegedly dated briefly in the 1990s and had remained close friends ever since. Yet, various accounts from staff and other associates have painted a more complicated picture of their friendship.
Maxwell has been referred to as the Lady of the House in reference to how much control she wielded at Epstein’s estate as well as Epstein’s aggressive assistant. Epstein himself had also referred to her as his main girlfriend and, later, his best friend.
Politico alleged the two shared their questionable friendship with prominent figures like Prince Andrew and former President Donald Trump. Epstein’s 2008 conviction marked the end of their public appearances.
2015 marked the end of Ghislaine Maxwell’s now-infamous run as a prominent socialite. But it was only the beginning of her legal connections to Epstein’s convicted sex crimes against minors.
Between 2015 & 2021, Maxwell faced multiple accusations of having groomed underage girls for Epstein. She also faced accusations of having sexually assaulted some of them. For example, Maxwell was directly named in a 2020 case. Along with Epstein, she faced allegations of having subjected a thirteen-year-old music student to sexual abuse.
In August 2019, Epstein allegedly hung himself after being imprisoned for his crimes against children. In the same year, many of those allegations led to the FBI investigating Maxwell for her involvement in Epstein’s crimes.
In July 2020, the FBI used a mobile phone tracking device to locate & arrest her in Bradford, NH. Now, Judge Alison Nathan has demanded the names of Ghislaine Maxwell’s alleged co-conspirators.
Judge Nathan claimed Maxwell’s ability to defend herself in court depends on the naming of her co-conspirators. Federal courts claimed doing so could potentially endanger Maxwell’s co-conspirators and risk compromising future investigations. Judge Nathan rejected those claims as well.
Judge Nathan returned in August 2021 to reject two more claims from Maxwell’s defense team. She rejected the requested dismissal of Maxwell’s sex-trafficking indictment on the basis of Bill Cosby’s 2018 sexual assault conviction being overturned.
She also rejected their attempt to invoke the statute of limitations, as it had been eliminated in 2006. Is the naming of her co-conspirators a desperate bid at saving herself from facing the consequences of her actions?
Maxwell has yet to reveal why this is so important to her. But she is scheduled to begin her trial on November 29th.