Jeffrey Epstein is dead, but the accused pedophile financier is still surrounded by multiple mysteries. The source of his vast wealth still , nor have rumors that he to some of the world’s most powerful men been resolved. But one of the biggest lingering unknowns in the story is the status of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime companion, who’s been alleged by Epstein survivors to have recruited young women and girls into the multimillionaire’s circle and participated in their abuse.
Maxwell has of being involved in abuse, and she’s never faced . But it’s hard to know much more than that when it comes to her recent years, because no one knows exactly where she is.
“I've heard she's in Brazil, I've heard she's in France, I've heard she's in California,” Lisa Bryant, director of the Netflix docuseries Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, .
“Who knows where she is, really?”
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
Maxwell is the youngest of Elisabeth and Robert Maxwell’s nine children, and was born in . The family lived in an English mansion, and her father was the founder of a media empire and . Maxwell attended one of the UK’s and then Oxford University. As members of British high society, Maxwell mingled with some of the nation’s most celebrated families, and became .
Her father died in 1991, after falling off his yacht and drowning. It’s been speculated that his , as on the day he died he was due to meet with the over the matter of his on millions in loans. After his death, the British media dubbed him the “,” when it was revealed that he’d taken hundreds of millions of pounds from his employees pension funds. Maxwell told one news outlet after her father’s death that .
She moved to the United States the year of her father’s death, and soon met Jeffrey Epstein. The relationship marked a second reversal of fortunes for Maxwell, whose family lost after her father’s death. In 2000, she moved into a purchased "by an anonymous limited liability company, with an address that matches the office of J. Epstein & Co. Representing the buyer was Darren Indyke, Mr. Epstein’s longtime lawyer." She was his companion for years, managing his households and introducing him to her society friends
According to a lawsuit she filed this year in hopes of winning funds from the late financier’s estate, “While under Epstein’s employ, Maxwell was responsible for managing Epstein’s properties located in New York, Paris, Florida, New Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
“During the course of their relationship, including while Maxwell was in Epstein’s employ,” , “Epstein promised Maxwell that he would support her financially. Epstein made these promises to Maxwell repeatedly, both in writing and in conversation.”
However, a 2003 Vanity Fair profile of Epstein that Maxwell was an employee.
After Epstein’s 2008 conviction for soliciting prostitution from an underage girl, the two appeared to end their public association. In 2009, accuser in late 2019.
Has she been charged with any crimes?
Though multiple survivors have alleged that Maxwell participated in Epstein’s alleged crimes, she’s never been criminally charged. One thing that could to level charges against Maxwell is the infamous 2008 plea deal that Epstein struck with the US Attorney for Miami, , which found him serving just 13 months in prison after initially facing charges that could have garnered him a life sentence. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich producer Joe Berlinger described the deal to Esquire as “unprecedented, unheard of sweetheart deal” that “included a non-prosecution agreement for named and unnamed co-conspirators.”
In April, an the 2007 deal, writing in its opinion that the decision was “not a result we like, but it’s the result we think the law requires.”
Maxwell is currently suing Epstein’s estate for money for her legal fees, and for the price of private security, alleging that her “” with Epstein has caused to her be subjected to death threats.
Where is Ghislaine Maxwell now?
Though once a fixture of the global high-society, Maxwell has been spotted rarely in recent years. Last summer, she was photographed at a Los Angeles In-N-Out Burger, though the authenticity of the photo . Her New York townhouse was .
This month, it was reported that seeking to file a civil suit against Maxwell have been unable to locate her. , one alleged victim’s “legal team dispatched process servers to five addresses previously connected to Maxwell, including a multi-million dollar brownstone on Manhattan's Upper East Side, an apartment building in Miami Beach and Epstein's mansion on Palm Beach Island.”
Maxwell is also contending with other civil lawsuits filed by alleged survivors. Just this month, she won the right to delay her questioning in a suit , the sister of fellow Epstein accuser Maria Farmer, on the grounds that her testimony could be used against her in a current criminal investigation. But with the FBI allegedly investigating Maxwell, her story far from over.