Ghislaine Maxwell sues publishers of new book, says it portrays her as ‘already guilty’

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Ghislaine Maxwell is suing publishers of new book about her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, saying it portrays her as ‘already guilty’

  • The alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is suing the French publisher Albin Michel
  • Their book, L’île de tous les vices (Vice Island) is by French writer Jean-Gabriel Fredet and focuses on Maxwell’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.
  • The legal action comes while the 59-year-old socialite is on remand in New York

The alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is suing the publishers of a new book in which she is portrayed as ‘already guilty’.

The legal action against Vice Island – which appeared on French bookshelves last month – comes as the 59-year-old New York socialite awaits trial while on remand.

She has been charged with sex trafficking of underage girls and seducing minors, but the case has not been proven.

She is therefore suing Albin Michel, the publishing house in Paris, for gross violation of the presumption of innocence, and claims substantial damages.

The alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is suing the publishers of a new book in which she is portrayed as 'already guilty'.  The legal action against Vice Island - which appeared on French bookshelves last month - comes as the 59-year-old New York socialite awaits trial while on remand.  Pictured: Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein in 2005

The alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is suing the publishers of a new book in which she is portrayed as ‘already guilty’. The legal action against Vice Island – which appeared on French bookshelves last month – comes as the 59-year-old New York socialite awaits trial while on remand. Pictured: Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein in 2005

There was no immediate response from Albin Michel after news of the subpoena broke Thursday.

Their book, L’île de tous les vices (Vice Island) is by French writer Jean-Gabriel Fredet and focuses on Maxwell’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the late multi-millionaire businessman who was found dead in August in his prison in New York. 2019.

The convicted pedophile is said to have been involved with Maxwell in running a global sex trafficking ring.

Maxwell, daughter of later publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, is half French and was a frequent visitor to Epstein's £ 7 million Parisian property on Avenue Foch, close to the Arc de Triomphe.  There are allegations that young girls were regularly assaulted in the apartment, and it is currently considered a crime scene by French prosecutors, who have opened an investigation.  Pictured: The building in Paris where local media say Epstein's apartment was located

Maxwell, daughter of later publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, is half French and was a frequent visitor to Epstein’s £ 7 million Parisian property on Avenue Foch, close to the Arc de Triomphe. There are allegations that young girls were regularly assaulted in the apartment, and it is currently considered a crime scene by French prosecutors, who have opened an investigation. Pictured: The building in Paris where local media say Epstein’s apartment was located

Maxwell has denied all charges after he was arrested by the FBI in July 2020.

Vice Island focuses on Maxwell's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

Vice Island focuses on Maxwell’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

Her lawyer Olivier Laude said: “The publication of this book by Albin Michel constitutes an unacceptable attack on Ms. Maxwell’s presumption of innocence.

“Given the impending criminal case, it is as revolting as it is irresponsible to present her as already guilty — what this book does.”

Mr. Laude said Vice Island ignored the fundamental right of the presumption of innocence, and therefore a subpoena was served on April 15.

Maxwell’s legal team is calling on the Paris courts to pulverize all existing copies of Vice Island, and to order that future copies clearly indicate that she is entitled to the presumption of innocence.

In addition, Maxwell is seeking financial compensation for the damage suffered, Mr Laude added.

Maxwell, daughter of later publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, is half French and was a frequent visitor to Epstein’s £ 7 million Parisian property on Avenue Foch, close to the Arc de Triomphe.

Ghislaine Maxwell, far right, is depicted with Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts Giuffre in Maxwell's London mansion.  Roberts Giuffre has told lawyers that she was forced to sleep with the Duke after being trafficked to him at least three times at the age of 17.  Prince Andrew denies this

Ghislaine Maxwell, far right, is depicted with Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts Giuffre in Maxwell’s London mansion. Roberts Giuffre has told lawyers that she was forced to sleep with the Duke after being trafficked to him at least three times at the age of 17. Prince Andrew denies this

There have been allegations that young girls were regularly assaulted in the apartment, and it is currently considered a crime scene by French prosecutors, who have opened an investigation.

It is alleged that the sex trafficking ring also included 12-year-old twin girls who had been ‘recruited’ in Paris.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell are photographed in 1995

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell are photographed in 1995

Prince Andrew, who was a close personal friend of both Maxwell and Epstein, is said to have visited the Avenue Foch apartment.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an American woman, has told lawyers that she was forced to sleep with the Duke after being trafficked to him at least three times at the age of 17.

The claims have always been vigorously denied by Prince Andrew, but Ms. Roberts Giuffre has said she is willing to testify against him in court.

The duke has not been to France since a judicial investigation into the sex ring was opened in 2019.

In the United States, prosecutors have said they want to interview Prince Andrew, but he’s yet to speak to them.

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