Writer in Ghaslain Maxwell’s ‘Little Black Book’ Brings Attention to New York’s High Society in the 1990s
A writer who claims to be in Ghislaine Maxwell’s “little black book” has drawn attention to high society secret circles: the US that has been scandalized since the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein last year.
Helen Kirwan-Taylor, born in New York but now living in Notting Hill, told West London The Sunday Telegraph she remembers Maxwell as ‘quick-witted, attention-seeking and the complete darling of her set’.
She also said that British people in the Big Apple were always accepted into the best soirees of the 1990s with ‘a touch of chic’ and that they ‘managed to infiltrate every circle and show up at the right parties and night clubs.’
Helen Kirwan-Taylor, born in New York but now living in Notting Hill, West London, told The Sunday Telegraph that she remembers Ghislaine Maxwell as ‘quick-witted, attention-seeking and the complete darling of her set’
58-year-old Maxwell is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, while she is awaiting trial of conspiracy charges with Jeffrey Epstein to sexually assault girls. Epstein was charged with sex trafficking, but died in prison pending trial last year. She denies all charges.
Speaking of her memory of Maxwell – accused of multiple counts of criminal sex trafficking – Helen wrote: ‘Ghislaine was like a sniffing dog: sharp, alert and with a nose that could detect all useful information.
She appeared at each party along with half a dozen of the then-it girls whose main occupation seemed to find a wealthy man with a “house.” However, Ghislaine’s close friends were career oriented and independent as she was clear. Many worked in the city. ‘
Helen was included in the book because of her job as an assistant producer on the news magazine program 60 Minutes, which gave her access to ‘presidents and prime ministers’.
The journalist’s husband was in the book because he was “friends with Ghislaine in Oxford,” as was her father-in-law, who was also a friend of the socialite while many of her friends were in the “inner circle.”
58-year-old Maxwell is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, while she is awaiting trial of conspiracy charges with Jeffrey Epstein to sexually assault girls. Epstein was charged with sex trafficking, but died in prison pending trial last year. The pair were pictured together in 2005
The content of the infamous black book was first revealed in 2012, when Epstein’s housekeeper was arrested by the FBI for trying to sell it.
They were subsequently published on gawker.com and feature hundreds of high profile names, including Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Mick Jagger, Tony Blair, Richard Branson and Naomi Campbell.
Helen also revealed that after her media baron father Robert Maxwell died in mysterious circumstances in 1991, her “empire collapsed under her. ‘
While Helen claims that Ghislaine’s brothers were crushed, something she noticed during dinner with them, Maxwell raised sticks from London and reinvented herself in New York.
“She didn’t mix alone with the very rich, but she seemed to be in the middle of the action. She even seemed to be directing traffic. Socializing was clearly her well-paid job, ”she wrote.
Helen was included in the book for her job as an assistant producer on the news magazine program 60 Minutes, which gave her access to “Presidents and Prime Ministers.” She is depicted in a throwback image recently shared to Instagram
Helen, who grew up around the world but describes herself as a “New Yorker,” also added that the British had the upper hand at social parties.
“I noticed how easy it was for someone with a British accent and a hint of chic to make their way into the most exclusive circles. Brideshead Revisited (a bit like Downton Abbey now) spoke to the imagination of the nation, ”she recalled.
She added that it was “obvious” that the British had never invited wealthy Americans to their home, and that at least two weddings she knows were based on the erroneous assumption that one of the future spouses had money.
The journalist’s husband was in the book because he was “friends with Ghislaine in Oxford,” adding that her father-in-law was also an acquaintance of the socialite and many of her friends were in the “inner circle.” They are depicted together in a photo recently shared on Instagram
A friend of society also told Helen that Maxwell was quickly accepted in New York circles because “she came with an endorsement stamp from Prince Andrew.”
“The thought was that if she interacts with him, she should be fine. There are so many people in New York that you have no idea where they made their money, “said the unnamed friend of society.
She added that many newcomers to the social scene are hiring PRs to ensure that their names appear on the invitations that ‘really matter’ and that it was’ crucial to get your picture in the Post, the Times, Vanity Fair and Vogue. ‘