When she left Marlborough College with a link of respectable A-levels under her belt, Anouska de Georgiou briefly thought about applying at Oxford to study law, but instead decided to focus on pursuing her dreams of Hollywood stardom.
The years that followed – almost a quarter of a century so far – have certainly been turbulent and not always friendly to the privately trained actress, model and socialite who briefly crossed the path with the Duchess of Cambridge while she was in school and now in the US lives.
In the past she has talked about the terrible price she has paid for years in the ruthless, superficial and exploitative world of modeling.
When she left Marlborough College with a link of respectable A-levels under her belt, Anouska de Georgiou (photo) briefly thought about applying at Oxford to study law, but instead decided to focus on pursuing her dreams of Hollywood stardom
Getting up in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday with 15 other women, the 42-year-old mother-of-one became the first Briton to add her voice to claims of abuse by the late American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein (photo)
& # 39; You are just a commodity, & # 39; she said in an interview in 2004. & # 39; Only a handful of models are actually very successful and the rest of the girls have often destroyed their lives. I certainly did not come unscathed by the modeling. & # 39;
The 42-year-old mother-in-one stood in a courtroom in Manhattan, along with 15 other women, on Tuesday and was the first Briton to add her voice to claims of abuse by the deceased American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
& # 39; I was a victim and it took me many, many years to stand here and say, yes, it was & # 39; she said. & # 39; I will not remain a victim and remain silent for another day. & # 39;
Anouska did not give details about how or when she met Epstein or the nature of the abuse, but the brief explanation she gave during her speech to Judge Richard Berman in New York was only the tip of what might still be a very explosive iceberg appear to be. Because the millionaire daughter Anouska, as the Mail can reveal, has dated some of & # 39; the world's richest, most powerful and most famous men.
Among those she crossed with, if various newspaper articles dating back to the late 1990s are correct, is US President Donald Trump. Anouska is said to have met the then 50-year-old project developer at a party in Manhattan in 1997 after he was divorced from his wife Marla Maples. She was then 20 years old and attended the event with Robert Maxwell's daughter, Ghislaine, a close friend and former Epstein lover.
The men to which Anouska is linked are varied. Dive into her romantic past and you'll find a relationship of several months with Baywatch star David Hasselhoff (photo) in 2010 and another with TV star Russell Brand in 2012
An article published in 1997 under the heading & # 39; Trump & # 39; s Brit of alright & # 39; reported: & # 39; After their meeting, Trump flew Mrs. Maxwell and the model to the sun (to his estate in Mar-a-Lago in Florida) where they all enjoyed a happy weekend together. & # 39;
In later years, Anouska seems to have finished her encounter with Trump. In an interview from 2004 she said: & I met Donald Trump in New York at a Bulgari party. We talked and I was sincerely flattered. & # 39;
Trump's lawyers claim he was unaware of any misconduct by Epstein and the president said he & # 39; not a fan of Jeffrey Epstein & # 39; used to be. Anouska has talked about Trump in favorable terms, the last time in an interview in 2008 with OK! magazine when she said: & # 39; We are now friends and I attended his wedding. He's cute, he's been so kind to me. He is such a generous person. & # 39;
Another alleged victim of Epstein remembered her time at the president's Mar-a-Lago club, but in very different circumstances. Epstein owned a mansion in Palm Beach, not far from the Trump resort, and his chief prosecutor Virginia Roberts says she was recruited by Maxwell at the age of 15 while working there as a towel girl.
The men to which Anouska is linked are varied. Dive into her romantic past and you'll find a relationship of several months with Baywatch star David Hasselhoff in 2010 and another with TV star Russell Brand in 2012.
In 2002 she stepped out with Simply Red star Mick Hucknall and in 2003 the American actor and TV presenter Jared Leto. In 2005 she was associated with millionaire Australian businessman Wayne Sharpe, as well as media company boss David Fischer and private jet entrepreneur Rob Hersov. The following year she would have dated Blue singer Lee Ryan and Prison Break actor Amaury Nolasco. She is also married to Chelsea restorer Riccardo Mariti and once shared a flat in Notting Hill with Formula 1 driver Burgo Wharton.
She also once crossed paths with Harvey Weinstein in the Mayfair restaurant Cipriani. She later recalled how she did not recognize him and confused him with an actor who, according to her, & # 39; Harry Winstone & # 39; was called.
In 2002 she got out with Simply Red star Mick Hucknall (photo)
& # 39; I asked him what he was doing and he said: & # 39; I'm in the movies. & # 39; I said: & # 39; Wow, me too! We have to meet. I know a lot of people in LA! & # 39; At this point he smiled very sweetly and turned away. Only later did my friend say who he was. & # 39;
As the daughter of multi-millionaire financier Anthony de Georgiou and former debutante Barbara, life has been a social whirlwind for Anouska since her birth in 1977.
Her parents divorced when she was ten and she grew up with her mother, dividing her time between the Cap d & # 39; Antibes in southern France – where she went to school until her teens – and Belgravia in London where her mother ran a jewelry store had. & # 39; As a child, I looked at my mother who was and is a very beautiful woman, and I would see the attention she would receive & she said in 2004. & # 39; I would think to myself, & # 39; I want & # 39; & # 39;
There is little doubt that her dream has come true. As a 17-year-old she entered the world of modeling while dating Robert Hanson, 17 years her oldest, the son of the deceased business magnate Lord Hanson. During a party at his home in Gloucestershire, she met Plum Sykes, the fashion journalist and socialite who introduced her to the deceased fashion designer Isabella Blow – and her career began from there.
& # 39; I was in the right place at the right time among a fairly select audience, & # 39; Anouska said in 2002, & # 39; but that doesn't mean I wouldn't have made it on my own. Although I was lucky enough to meet Isabella, I was also incredibly ambitious and seized my opportunities. & # 39;
She was signed at the Models One agency and before her first catwalk show, 18 years old, during Paris Fashion Week, she was dressed in a transparent outfit.
From the end of the 1990s, her blonde bomb look meant that she was rarely without work – or without gossip in newspapers. She received more attention when she appeared briefly naked next to Jude Law in the 2004 remake of Alfie.
In addition, she was also instructed to participate in the California Dreaming Channel 4 reality TV series, about a group of young Britons who share a house in LA while trying to squat Hollywood.
From the end of the 1990s, her blonde bomb look meant that she was rarely without work – or without gossip in newspapers. She received more attention when she appeared briefly naked next to Jude Law in the 2004 remake of Alfie
But her beauty has not always been a blessing. Years before her allegations about Epstein, she talked about exploitation by older men
She often appeared in gossip magazines, often posing in sexy lingerie or, on occasion, in a & # 39; naughty girl & # 39; outfit. She claimed in interviews that she grew up in the South of France and was relaxed about nudity & # 39; as long as it was done tastefully &, and added: & # 39; It is powerful to pose naked – the female body can be very beautiful after all. & # 39; She also described herself as a & # 39; flirting expert & # 39 ;.
But her beauty has not always been a blessing. Years before her allegations about Epstein, she talked about exploitation by older men.
& # 39; I discovered that you can't walk around with a plate of hot food and you can expect people not to eat it & # 39 ;, she said in 2004. & # 39; Older men are worse. They know that young women are impressed by power and wealth and they manipulate it. & # 39;
According to her own experience, she experienced this type of manipulation – and abuse – at the age of 17 months after leaving security at her boarding school of £ 38,000 a year in Wiltshire.
While working as a starting model in Paris in 1995, she says she was attacked and detained for two days against her will by one of the most powerful men of fashion after he had locked her in his apartment.
& # 39; There were no doorknobs because the place was so modern that everything had electric keyboards, & she said in an interview in 2004. & # 39; Only he knew the codes. I couldn't get out. He said to me: & # 39; I'd really like you to stay. & # 39;
& # 39; At the time I had all these thoughts in mind. I didn't know this guy he was capable of. He said he would take me back after I had a drink with him. He constantly demanded sex. & # 39;
As the situation escalated, she said the nameless man was chasing her and tore her dress. & # 39; He kept trying to pin me down and pull himself on top of me, and when I pushed him away, he would leave and use drugs. When he returned, I was terrified because he was manic. & # 39;
She said that when he finally agreed to let her go, she ran and yelled at her to call the police. & # 39; He said: & # 39; Who do you think they'll believe, a 17-year-old who's a little drunk? & # 39; It sounds ridiculous now, but if you're 17, if someone says so, you think they're right. So I didn't do anything and I didn't tell anyone about it.
& # 39; It took a long time before I trusted people and I still have flashbacks. He made me feel that it was my fault and that I deserved it. And I don't think I was the first. He probably did this often with other girls. & # 39;
She never mentioned her attacker & # 39; because he is well known in the modeling world and very fashionable. & # 39 ;.
More recently, her life seems to have taken a happier turn. Five years ago she gave birth to a daughter, Aurelia, with her partner Ben Edwards, a musician who is also studying for a master in clinical psychology, and she now lives permanently in Los Angeles
While Anouska threw herself into a modeling career in which she appeared on billboard posters for the French fashion brand Guy Laroche at the age of 19 and became the face – and body – of the lingerie brand Pussy Glamore, she later painted an image of the industry as an empty , soulless world. She described how she got anorexia in her attempts to stay thin and use drugs and drink too much thanks to & # 39; meaningless & # 39; friendships.
& # 39; You live in a world that is fictional and harmful, & # 39; she said to The Mail on Sunday in 2004. & # 39; You are constantly rejected, making you feel inadequate. & # 39;
Despite the fact that she moved to Los Angeles and is described as & # 39; very ambitious & # 39; by those who know her, success in Hollywood has proved elusive. Nor was she successful in reinventing herself as a singer 15 years ago after working with the voice coach and songwriter of Robbie Williams Nile Rodgers and launching her own album.
More recently, her life seems to have taken a happier turn. Five years ago she gave birth to a daughter, Aurelia, with her partner Ben Edwards, a musician who is also studying for a master's degree in clinical psychology, and she now lives permanently in Los Angeles.
But although she has built a life for herself in the City of Light, the search for fame and fortune in Hollywood has undoubtedly been a painful one for Anouska de Georgiou.
The few words she said in court this week were clearly just the beginning. Because her story recalls how vulnerable young women can be when they look for fame and fortune, and the high price that many of them have had to pay for their dreams.
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