Is Ghislaine Maxwell gearing up for more revelations?
Her TV appearance shows she will only protect Epstein's friends for so long
If nothing else, Ghislaine Behind Bars — Ghislaine Maxwell’s exclusive interview for TalkTV, aired last night — gave an interesting insight into the realities of life in a low-security American prison. We learnt, for instance, that inmates are expected to make their beds “military style” and that the meat-free meal options usually feature either beans or tofu, although the latter is so bereft of seasoning that it is almost unpalatable. Not quite The Shawshank Redemption, then, but not much fun for a woman who has probably never before been tasked with making her own bed.
All in all, this was an odd spectacle, with no more than 20 minutes of grainy interview footage spun out into an hour-long special, complete with TV psychologists and legal commentary. Maxwell speaks in an English drawl with occasional Americanisms, rearranges her hair frequently, and refuses to apologise to her victims. Her manner has widely been branded as “narcissistic”, which is hardly surprising in a convicted sex offender.
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What’s really interesting about the interview, though, is the process of escalation. Back in October of last year Maxwell gave her first interview from prison, during which she spoke of her “dear friend” Prince Andrew in a way that must have made the Buckingham Palace communications team wince. But last night’s interview was longer and more detailed, offering more meat to the media, rather than just unseasoned tofu.
Among several explosive claims, Maxwell insisted that her boss-lover-accomplice Jeffrey Epstein was murdered, and that the negligent prison authorities were to blame. “I say Epstein has died,” she replied when asked if she had a message for his victims, “and they should take their disappointment and upset out on the authorities who allowed that to happen.”
We can assume from these statements that Maxwell also considers herself to be at risk of murder in prison. Close observers of her case have noted that the surveillance cameras witnesses claim were fitted in bedrooms in Epstein’s many properties could well have been used for the purpose of collecting material to be used for blackmail, suggesting that any number of Epstein’s rich and powerful friends could have had a motivation to see him silenced.
It was widely assumed at the time of her conviction that Maxwell was not going to spill the beans on the other men involved in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, including the high-profile passengers who flew on the so-called ‘Lolita Express.’ Maxwell’s brother Ian told the Sunday Times at the time that the prosecution had “confirmed no plea bargain offers were made or received” before the trial, and that “I expect that position to be maintained.”
But 20 years of incarceration is a long time. In the seven months since her conviction Maxwell has now blabbed to the media twice, with increasing candour. We know that she resents her public portrayal as “the cruellest, meanest, most poisonous person” and we know that she is “depressed” in prison. She is determined to appeal her conviction, and we learnt from Ghislaine Behind Bars that she gets through her days by focusing on the hope of release.
Maxwell’s belief that Epstein was murdered may well have stopped her from flipping, for fear of suffering the same fate. But the public has an insatiable appetite for more and more coverage of this compelling case, and Maxwell’s life in prison may be miserable enough to make the risks of a plea bargain seem worth it.
It is likely that Maxwell will not only continue to give interviews, but also that she will eventually decide to stop protecting the ‘Lolita Express’ passengers. When that happens, the ensuing carnage will make Prince Andrew’s public disgrace look like a warm-up act.
I have wondered for some time why only Prince Andrew has been named and shamed. Where are all the others?
Me too. I don’t know what Prince Andrew is guilty of. The woman who was after the money never accused him of forcing her, and she was seventeen.
Prince Andrew was sued civilly by Virginia Giuffre for sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She reportedly got at least $13 million in settlement.
I thought the accusation was that she had been well paid by Epstein to seduce Prince Andrew (she has been accused of grooming younger girls for Epstein) and the interpretation of the liaison as assault was because she was underage but she was 17 at the time.
Oh poor Prince Andrew, being ‘seduced’ by an underage girl. He is a privileged idiot and his sense of entitlement led him to believe statutory rape was ok because he’s a Prince. He’s an embarrassment not only to the monarchy but to the whole of the UK.
Some people here are victim blaming as so often happens in sexual assault and rape cases. Women and girls get raped and then get blamed for it.
Andrew the paedo was an adult and he chose to have sex with a minor, he should be in prison with no privileges at all. And so should the rest of the adult men, all privileged no doubt, they should all rot behind bars.
No he was a fool because he believed she desired him. Seems more like entrapment. The age of consent in London is 16.
Age of consent in the US Virgin Islands is 18, I believe.
Two charges of which the Duke of York is very obviously innocent. There is simply no way that the man Prince Andrew was at 40 years old, recently divorced and one of the most eligible single men on the planet at the time, would have knowingly had sex with Virginia Roberts under such circumstances. He may come across as an entitled oaf, but he is not actually a moron.
The payoff happened simply because Giuffre was in a position to make enough further unprovable accusations to risk the Duke of York being formally charged with crimes in the USA – an intolerable prospect for the Royal Family – so he had to pay up. It was legalised extortion, nothing more.
Oh, come on . . .
Andrew the paedo is not innocent at all, and neither are all the other men who raped and abused the underage girls.
All those wealthy powerful men have a sense of entitlement and think they can do anything and not be held accountable.
They are all paedophiles and should be left to rot in jail. It might just stop one or two others who think they can get away with it.
I hope Guiffre either gets Andrew jailed or lots more money out of him and hopefully, other underage victims will also get compensation for what the paedos did to them.
Powerful men with money are not above the law and their lives are not worth more than the lives of the girls they raped.
I imaging Clinton would have been unable to resist
Uh oh. Killary time.
I was not talking about Hillary. I did not know she was suspected.
I meant Bill.
Given his reputation for predatory behaviour and his prediction for young girls, if the allegations about Epstein are accurate, Bill would not have been able to resist.
This was one of the points his lawyers attempted to make: that the “New York’s Child Victims Act, the legislation under which she was suing him, was flawed because it classifies those under the age of 18 as minors, while the age of consent in New York was then and continues to be, 17.” I suppose he ultimately decided and/or his family encouraged him, to just settle the matter with her to cut short the public attention to this unsavory topic.
You can find the names here
That’s his address book. Are you suggesting that he groomed and had sex with Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford, and Balliol College Oxford? He may have been energetic, but…
There were no others.
Prince Andrew was named by Virginia Giuffre (nee Roberts), a woman who appears in a picture with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell. Virginia Giuffre claims she slept with Andrew at Maxwell’s request. Ghislaine Maxwell denies it.
The idea that Jeffrey Epstein held orgies at his private island seems to be fantasy. His “black book” of contacts has been published and is just a list of celebrities he met and cultivated over the years, plus his family members. It certainly is not a list of men who he trafficked women to.
The idea that lots of famous men flew on the “Lolita Express” to Jeffrey Epstein’s private island to have sex with girls there seems also fantasy. The pilot’s logs were published and he testified in the case against Ghislaine Maxwell. He said that he knew of no such trips. No other evidence has been found.
This is a salacious story, and we don’t know all the facts. But Virginia Giuffre is a proven liar on some facts and no one else has come forward naming names. I would be very surprised if there were any other men who abused the young women Jeffrey Epstein favored. He seems to have kept them for himself.
Thank you, intelligence insider getting us all to move along.
Well she sued Alan Dershowitz so there was at least one other. She lost the case, which is probably why Andrew is trying to overturn the judgement. Dreadful woman.
Simple. We are intrigued by the soap opera called the Royal Family. Who would care if Alan Derechowitz behaved badly? Who even had heard of him? And there is something prurient about the sex life of the prince who many people found attractive (in his heyday, when this was all supposed to have happened).
It is entirely apparent that Jeffery Epstein was a serial abuser of underage girls over many many years, in that legally and ethically, they were too young to consent under any circumstances. Ghislaine Maxwell also knew exactly what he was doing, colluded in the procurement of these girls, and that he was going to engage in sexual activity with them. She has never tried to claim that he in any way coerced her into into it, as a defence, or that she was mentally incapacitated herself and thus in some way not responsible.
So she is guilty, of the crimes for which she was convicted, and seems unrepentant.
All the rest is just salacious gossip, schadenfreude and wishful thinking, but it will keep some people, including highly paid lawyers, busy for quite some time.
And Prince Andrew ain’t going to end up behind bars – his punishment, of public disgrace and the ending of his career as overprivileged sponger and member of the inner international clique of the very rich, and partial exclusion from the Royal Family has already been meted out.
Get over it
“overprivileged sponger and member of the inner international clique of the very rich”
I bet you’re fun at parties
That’s unkind and rude
But the first rule of reputation management is to delay the publication of harmful information for as long as possible. Unless you believe that airing the possibilities of future revelations might encourage some people to support your appeal.
While I don’t directly sympathise with Ghislaine Maxwell, I dislike the manner in which she is effectively carrying the can for a bunch of rich American perverts by being jailed in the USA while the rest of them get away with it.
What makes it especially disgraceful is that although she was certainly an enabler of what went on with these young girls and therefore certainly deserved to be punished, she was not herself directly involved. How is this justice? It’s ridiculous.
As for the Duke of York, he’s simply a careless overly-entitled aristo who happened to sail a bit too close to the wind with a 17 year old tart when he was a bit of a mess after his divorce. This is a bit creepy maybe, but not perverted and not criminal.
And at the time she wasn’t technically underage, in New York.
The carnage cannot be allowed to happen. Ms Maxwell will therefore die in prison before spilling the big beans.The camera footage from Epstein’s mansions was removed by the police and is now in the hands of the US Justice Department (read: the FBI) which will probably use it to continue the blackmail started by Epstein, except it won’t be for money but for political favors.
She might want to publicly state that she is not suicidal.
Fat lot of good that did Epstein.
It is a sad spectacle to watch the self-deprogramming of a Stockholm syndrome survivor. I do, though, hope she shakes the henhouse smartly enough that quite a few foxes fall out.
The Behaviour Panel’s analysis of the interview suggests that GM showed fear when talking about Clinton. If she thinks Epstein was murdered, then she knows that she could be next. She is probably keen to stay in the public eye, so that her ‘suicide’ would be widely reported.
Just to add … GM was quite positive and emphasised she was motivated by her legal work in prison. Presumably to prevent any stories about her being depressed and unable to cope with life in prison leading to her ‘taking her own life’.
Very good analysis on Redacted a few days ago which highlighted the flaws in the suicide verdict. They come to the conclusion that in all probablity Epstein was murdered. They also predicted that Ghislaine has deposited a flash drive with her solicitors which fully documents all the visitors to the island (to be released on her death)
Sex trafficking minors just gets you sentenced to summer camp?
Its just not fair what happened to poor Ghislaine, if Jeffery gets to move to Israel so should she
“But the public has an insatiable appetite for more and more coverage of this compelling case,”
I don’t. Maybe it says something about me, but I couldn’t care less about any of these people. Surely it is the ultimate victimless crime: Sh*ts sh*tting on other sh*ts.
Perhaps one of the people who downvoted my post would explain to me who the “victims” actually are.
The federal government accused Jeffrey Epstein and then later Ghislaine Maxwell of sex trafficking about 80 then-young women. Those women would be the victims.
In the words of Mrs. Merton:- “Debbie McGhee, what first attracted you to millionaire Paul Daniels?”
I struggle to imagine that any 17 year old with an IQ score greater than her shoe size, would have been shocked at how things turned out.
What UK laws were broken?
Yanks need to get it into their heads that their grubby little laws don’t apply to the UK. (And nope, you can’t bring you guns here either – okay?)
Hmmm, that doesn’t apply here. Maxwell is in jail because she broke American laws in America. If you’re going to mention Anne Sacoolas at this point then that’s fair of course, but it still supports the principle I describe.
However the relevant point is that a great many Americans who broke their own laws are walking around free while a UK heiress and a UK Royal are taking all the blame so far. That is a disgrace that ought not to be tolerated.
I am afraid that I regard the American legal system as corrupt. It is a vehicle for those who wish to enhance their political careers rather than administer justice. Maxwell is in jail because she is English and Sacoolas is walking free because she is American. This has nothing to with justice it is simply playing to the gallery. The UK would do well to keep its distance.
Corruption of top level decision makers, blackmailing of politicians by possible malevolent interests …
The Epstein affair may have had significant consequences, including for you.
American corruption is not my problem – who exactly are the victims?
Well, considering the influence of Washington in every major event, or the inderiect influence of a royal such as prince Andrew, policies contrary to the interest of the public may have been decided by blackmailed policy makers (such as lockdowns, for example). So every western citizen is, someway, a victim.
then why are you continuing to comment?
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