Where IS Prince Andrew's wanted wife Ghislaine Maxwell, who is the center of sexual claims about him
It is one of the most extraordinary disappearing acts since Lord Lucan disappeared into nothing after he left the nanny in the basement of his Belgravia house dead.
What the hell is Ghislaine Maxwell —57-year-old socialite, fixer, and alleged & # 39; madame & # 39; of one of the most talked about sex abusers in history – keeping her location secret?
The woman in the center of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, who once enjoyed her connections with the rich and famous, has been virtually invisible since the fall of 2016, when the US authorities started re-investigating hundreds of criminal complaints against her former boyfriend .
In the years in which Roberts was abused by Epstein, she accompanied Maxwell (depicted in a civilian bar in LA) on at least 23 flights to different corners of the world
In 2017, lawyers who acted for her in one of the various messy lawsuits told a judge that they had no idea where she was. Although they thought she would be in London, the lawyers claimed they had no current address.
A mansion in New York, where she had previously lived, had been sold as more and more women came forward to accuse her of helping facilitate Epstein & # 39; s terrible crimes. Several have told how she recruited them as teenagers to visit the different pedophile homes to perform erotic massages.
At least four, including Virginia Roberts, the woman who claims she had to sleep with Prince Andrew at the age of 17, claimed in court cases that Maxwell had personally participated in the abuse.
In the years in which Roberts was abused by Epstein, she accompanied Maxwell on at least 23 flights to different corners of the world.
Roberts (now Giuffre) claimed that Maxwell & # 39; had a nasty attitude toward her & # 39 ;.
What the hell is Ghislaine Maxwell (pictured with Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein on Ascot) —57-year-old socialite, fixer, and alleged & # 39; madame & # 39; for one of the most talked about sex abusers in history – keeping her location secret?
In Monday's BBC Panorama interview, Roberts cried and Maxwell told her to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey & # 39 ;. A & # 39; disgusting & # 39; sexual encounter followed, she claimed.
Meanwhile, further evidence appeared yesterday that Maxwell remained close to Andrew long after the Prince supposedly ended his friendship with Epstein in New York in 2010.
Five years after the men's infamous walk in Central Park, a leaked e-mail, sent at 5.50 am on January 3, 2015, that Andrew wrote to Maxwell reveals: "I have some specific questions about Virginia Roberts." # 39;
The socialite replied: & # 39; Have some info – call me if you have the time. & # 39;
And if that is not embarrassing enough, new photos have emerged from Maxwell who joined a grinning Andrew and Epstein to Royal Ascot Ladies' Day in 2000.
Another woman, Jennifer Araoz, says in a lawsuit that Maxwell & # 39; participated in and helped Epstein maintain and protect his sex trade & # 39 ;.
A third, Sarah Ransome, has claimed that she threatened to attack her if she refused to provide sexual services. A fourth, Maria Farmer, has claimed that Maxwell and Epstein have both attacked & # 39; sexually against my will & # 39 ;.
Maxwell has consistently denied these and many other allegations in incidental lawsuits or legal statements, although the nature of its refutations has changed. In 2015, for example, she hired the London law firm Devonshires, who told the Mail that all crimes committed by Epstein & # 39; were committed long after Ghislaine Maxwell was no longer involved with him & # 39 ;.
However, it is now a matter of recording that she organized the social calendar of Esptein long after he had not only committed his crimes, but was also imprisoned. In 2010, for example, she organized Prince Andrew's now infamous visit to the condemned sex offender in New York.
& # 39; CASUALLY DRESSED IN BURGER BAR IN LA & # 39;
A few days after Epstein's suicide in August, the New York Post claimed a & # 39; scoop & # 39; – a photo of a casually dressed Ghislaine Maxwell in a hamburger restaurant in Los Angeles.
The newspaper claimed that she had read a book called The Secret Lives And Deaths Of CIA Operatives days ago when an audience recognized her and asked for a photo.
So far, so intriguing. But the yarn began to fall apart amid more and more evidence that the image was a rough fake.
First, the photo metadata was tagged with & # 39; Meadowgate & # 39 ;, the name of a local media company owned by Leah Saffian, a long-term friend and occasional PR advisor to Ghislaine.
The dog next to her feet in the photos & # 39; s also seems to be Saffian's dog, Dexter, who suggests that she had taken the photo instead of a random group dinner.
Subsequently, questions were asked about whether the photograph actually dates from before the arrest of Epstein. Analysts with sharp eyes saw a poster for Good Boys, a newly released film, in a nearby bus shelter.
But on the date the photo was supposedly taken, that bus shelter did not carry the advertisement.
The agency that owns the site said there had been an advertisement for a hospital since the end of July.
Last week court papers were issued in which Maxwell publicly admitted for the first time that she had in fact been hired to hire young women to give Epstein a daily massage in the years that the abuse took place. However, she continues to refuse intentionally to let women sleep for him.
Given the magnitude of the FBI investigation into Epstein and his co-conspirators, it is unthinkable that Maxwell will not be seriously investigated by the forces of law and order at some point. Last month it was reported that she is willing to help the FBI with their questions in exchange for a form of plea.
Whether that strategy will work remains to be seen.
Spencer Kuvin, a lawyer representing three women, said he believes the FBI is trying to set up a watertight case before arresting her.
To do this, it will have to track down her, a task that has so far escaped the media. Maxwell's only confirmed observation since she fell off the radar three years ago came in June when she visited London to participate in a charity motor rally. Details of the visit only came out last month when Prince Andrew mentioned it in his Newsnight interview.
Research showed that she was received in his private quarters at Buckingham Palace with four companions who stayed for two hours. The next morning, she left for the Geneva rally and shared a car with friend Nettie Mason, the wife of Pink Floyd star Nick Mason.
That was of course six months ago. Former friends and relatives have maintained a wall of silence. Calls and emails have remained unanswered and the only person known to have successfully contacted them in recent days is her lawyer Jeffrey Paglucia, who appeared in court last week.
It is quite an achievement to perform such a disappearing act in an era where we are generally photographed up to 300 times a day, especially if you are in the middle of one of the most sensational news stories of the year. So where is she? Here the Mail only examines some of the potential locations.
Beaches of Israel
The Maxwell family's ties with Israel were forged by her father Robert, one of the most powerful media magnates – and most notorious fraudsters – in modern history.
A lifelong campaigner for Israel, who had lost most of his family during the Holocaust, Robert spent his business career investing in the nation's economy. Even after his epic crime came to light, he received what was basically a state funeral in Jerusalem and buried on the Mount of Olives.
Ghislaine, his favorite child, is well acquainted with the country. She often visited after she had spent time on a kibbutz after leaving school and was reportedly & # 39; exiled & # 39; after entering into an affair with a lifeguard.
Her impeccable network of contacts in Israel enabled Epstein to attract powerful men such as former Prime Minister Ehud Barak into his circle of friends.
After Epstein's death in August of this year, rumors emerged that he and Ghislaine had provided Israeli intelligence with compromising (and potentially valuable) material about powerful employees. That led to speculation that she was sheltered in the country, which also has the metropolitan party scene that she likes.
Little confirming evidence has come to light and it is said that the suggestion that it is in Israel – brought about by a mix of right-wing American publications and the Iranian regime's Tehran Times – is not much more than a conspiracy theory. by anti – Semites.
Putin & # 39; s back yard
As the case of whistleblower Edward Snowden of the American intelligence service demonstrated, the Kremlin is happy to provide a refuge for dubious Western fugitives who have become entangled in high-profile criminal cases.
Putin and his staff, however, usually want something useful in exchange for their accommodation.
Moscow is already home to John Mark Dougan, a former sheriff & # 39; s deputy from Palm Beach, who worked on investigating Epstein's sexual crimes in 2005. He fled to the country, which has no extradition treaty with the US, after being entangled in a subsequent hacking investigation.
It is believed that Dougan from the Epstein investigation, which he keeps, is of great importance to Russia. Indeed, The Sunday Times reported that MI6 is concerned that they may contain compromising material involving Prince Andrew.
Maxwell is a good friend of Andrew. As such, she could provide a spectacular & # 39; asset & # 39; and friends reportedly wondered if she had fled to the country.
There are unconfirmed rumors that BBC staff working on the Panorama documentary The Prince And The Epstein Scandal on Monday expected it to contain an extensive segment on Ghislaine Maxwell from reporter Darragh MacIntyre, who visited Moscow after she was tipped about being there. However, it is believed that they did not track her down.
Ghislaine owns a £ 3.7 million stable house in Belgravia, scene of the infamous 2001 photo of Prince Andrew laying an arm creepily around the naked diaphragm of 17-year-old victim Virginia Roberts of Epstein. Neighbors, however, have not seen her there for almost ten years and it appears to be occupied by a tenant.
The Land Registry lists the property as it is kept in Maxwell & # 39; s name & # 39; care for & # 39; Malcolm Christopher Grumbridge, a lawyer who has acted for the family and works for the chic Hogarth Health Group in Chiswick. Like most people associated with Ghislaine, he is reluctant to discuss her whereabouts.
Ghislaine owns a £ 3.7 million stable house in Belgravia, scene of the notorious 2001 photo (photo) of Prince Andrew laying an arm creepily around the naked diaphragm of 17-year-old victim Virginia Roberts of Epstein
Ghislaine & # 39; s brothers Ian and Kevin live in the UK, although neither of them was particularly close to her, and she also has links to Oxford, where she grew up in Headington Hill Hall, a council house rented, and studied at Oxford University. But rumors that she might be staying in a flat in town that is supposedly owned by friend Tania Rotherwick have also failed.
Companies House has previously listed its address as a cottage in Wiltshire, the home of Catherine Vaughan-Edwards, a former manager of the TerraMar Project – a now defunct charity Ghislaine founded in 2012 – who says the property was only used as a Mailing address.
As Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has famously demonstrated, the South American country offers a sunny bolthole for people who want to stay out of the reach of the British and American legal system.
It was therefore with great excitement that Sky News reported in October that Ghislaine had been seen on the Brazilian riviera with Jean-Luc Brunel, a French fashion agent accused of trafficking large numbers of young girls to Epstein.
The broadcaster claimed that & # 39; information collected by a former US police officer & # 39; indicated that Brunel's mobile phone had been traced to a luxury resort called the Infinity Blue Resort and Spa in the coastal town of Santa Catarina.
At the same time, Maxwell & # 39; s American cell phone claimed to be connected to a local telephone network. Sky, however, could not find the pair.
Ghislaine was born in Paris, with a French mother, and there are unconfirmed reports that she had traveled to the south of France after the death of Epstein.
An alleged observation was in the village of Meyreuil, in the Provence, where her older sister Christine lived with her American physicist's husband. But their property was sold in 2015 and former neighbors said they had only seen Ghislaine once in the years the couple lived there.
In the meantime, her girlfriend of the fashion agent Jean-Luc Brunel was photographed in June in a country club outside of Paris. Since then, he is no longer public.
Mansion & # 39; friend & # 39;
In recent years Maxwell has quietly hidden himself in Manchester-by-the-Sea, north of Boston, with tech company boss Scott Borgerson.
She is believed to have moved to a £ 3 million oceanfront mansion in 2016, surrounded by a few acres of private woodland, after having persuaded Borgerson (43) to leave his wife and young children for her.
Allegedly they had a yacht and several expensive cars, and they were often seen walking their dogs along sidewalks. It seems that few locals were aware of the true identity of Ghislaine, or of her ties to the unraveling child sex scandal.
Days after Epstein's arrest, photos appeared of Maxwell's sister Christine packing bags in a hotel near the couple. However, she refused to answer questions about what she was doing there.
Borgerson denied that his & # 39; former friend & # 39; Ghislaine lived in the house and said: & my private life is my private life & # 39; and he has not been seen there since.
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