Ghislaine Maxwell’s appeal is in jeopardy as her estranged husband refuses to pay her $2 million bill
- Ghislaine Maxwell’s estranged husband could jeopardize her appeal
- Scott Borgerson, 46, has been accused of failing to pay $900,000 in legal bills
- He has also been accused of failing to provide a million dollars to challenge her conviction
- Maxwell’s friends fear he is delaying their divorce and has access to her money
Ghislaine Maxwell’s appeal against her 20-year sentence for sexual assault is in tatters — because her estranged husband has refused to pay her lawyers.
Scott Borgerson, 46, who secretly married 60-year-old Maxwell in 2016, manages her fortune after depositing up to £20 million into a trust fund before her arrest in 2020.
But Borgerson ended the relationship with Maxwell during a phone call to the New York jail where she was awaiting trial.
Now he has been charged with failing to pay a $900,000 legal bill to her defense team and providing the $1 million needed to challenge the conviction.
Until the money is transferred, her legal team is unlikely to meet the January deadline, leaving her to face the prospect that she could die behind bars.
Ghislaine Maxwell pictured with her now-estranged husband Scott Borgerson at an NGO event. Maxwell’s friends now fear her attempted appeal could be jeopardized over claims her husband refuses to pay her court costs
Maxwell’s friends fear he is delaying their divorce and her access to money as a bargaining chip.
“He thinks if he drags it out she’ll give him the most money,” said one. “She’s in prison…there’s not much she can do from there.”
But a legal source said, “He doesn’t trust what Maxwell’s lawyers tell him.”
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Maxwell and Borgerson are said to have met in Iceland in 2013.
Her relationship with San Diego billionaire Ted Waitt had faltered and friends say she was vulnerable. Borgerson was still married to his first wife Rebecca, mother of his young son and daughter.
The couple married three years later.
But in 2019, after her boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged in his cell awaiting trial for sexual assault, Maxwell went into hiding and moved from house to house.
Few knew she and Borgerson were married until prosecutors made a reference to it at her 2020 trial.
“Her brothers were stunned to find out that not only was she married, but she had transferred all of her money to Scott,” said a source close to the family.
He never once visited her in New York jail, friends say, or attended a single trial.
The Colorado law firm of Huddon, Morgan and Foreman, which acted for Maxwell in the lawsuit, filed a lawsuit against her and brother Kevin for nearly $900,000.
Court documents revealed that she received tens of millions of dollars from Epstein and sold her New York home for $15 million.
Borgerson dismissed the claims as “fake news.” He pointed to legal testimony from Hudson that he expressed “cooperation, transparency and fairness” in discussions.