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How did Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell meet, and what was the nature of their relationship? Here's everything you need to know.

What was Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s relationship like?

By now it’s common knowledge Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were two peas in a pod. They were close both personally and professionally for decades. By the time the two met both were used to having money, influence, and connections.

Ghislaine Maxwell was the daughter of a disgraced British media mogul, and Epstein had already amassed quite a lot of wealth doing, well whatever it was that he did. Most sources seem to imply most of the ways in which Epstein acquired his money weren’t entirely legal.

So how did Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell meet, and what was the nature of their relationship? Let’s take a look.

Meeting in the 1990s

Maxwell moved to the United States from Britain in the early 1990s shortly after her father passed away. In her home country, Maxwell was already a proven socialite who had befriended Prince Andrew while she was attending university.

The two benefitted from each other’s varied social circles as the two pursued a romantic relationship. They were together for years, but eventually broke off their romantic entanglement in the late 1990s.

However, the two never truly separated. Ghislaine Maxwell continued to be a close confidante of Epstein’s and helped him professionally (and allegedly criminally) in many capacities.

After the romance

After the romance Maxwell took on many roles to the benefit of Jeffrey Epstein, including managing his multiple properties, coordinating social events & relationships, as well as allegedly recruiting underage girls to act as masseuses for Epstein’s illegal pleasures and sex crimes.

Maxwell is one of the few people who never tried to distance herself from Epstein after he was convicted of soliciting underage prostitution. Once Epstein was out of prison she continued to remain in close contact with him all the way up until his death.

Eaun Rellie, who used to attend dinner parties hosted jointly by Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell is quoted saying this of Maxwell, “[she] seemed to be half ex-girlfriend, half employee, half best friend, and fixer”.

Living together

It’s believed Maxwell continued living in Epstein’s homes with him at least part-time – specifically his New York and Florida homes. She was sometimes referred to as “the lady of the house” by employees. It’s also said that household expenses were billed to a bank account in Maxwell’s name.

The fact Maxwell lived in Epstein’s homes seems to be corroborated by President Trump himself. When he was asked about Maxwell’s arrest and whether he thought she’d take down powerful men he said he knew “they lived in Palm Beach”. “They” seemingly implying both Maxwell and Epstein.

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