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From Prince Andrew to Trump: All the biggest names embroiled in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial

by Marko Florentino
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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell palled around with presidents, movie stars and royalty, hosting household names aboard private jets and at palatial properties all over the world.

Those decades-long connections formed a key role in Maxwell’s conviction for sex-trafficking at a federal courthouse in Manhattan in December 2021.

Maxwell would frequently boast of her close friendships with Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and Donald Trump, her accusers have testified.

Prosecutors said the access to powerful people was both alluring and intimidating – and victims of Epstein’s abuse would feel afraid to break off contact out of fear of what he and his powerful allies might do.

In December 2021, a jury found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of the six charges against her.

She was found not guilty of one charge: enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years behind bars plus a $750,000 fine the following June.

Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein at a party in November 1992

(NBC News)

In a prison interview later broadcast on Talk TV in January 2023, Maxwell told filmmaker Daphne Barak that she was blind to Epstein’s “evil”.

“I didn’t know that he was so awful. I mean, obviously now, looking back with hindsight, of course.

“But at the time, I mean he had lots of friends. He was friendly with just about everybody you could imagine. There was no reason to imagine that he was someone who was capable of evil.”

At Epstein’s Palm Beach estate in Florida, photographs of the late paedophile with Fidel Castro and Pope John Paul II adorned the walls, the trial heard.

Maxwell, the daughter of late media mogul Robert Maxwell, was a charming and vivacious networker who seemed to know everybody, accusers said.

A well-known figure in her native Britain, she opened doors for Epstein in the top echelons of royalty and aristocracy.

When the FBI raided Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse in 2019, they found a trove of photos of Maxwell and Epstein on private jets, and in exotic locations across the world.

One image in particular stood out: Epstein and Maxwell cozying up together in front of a log cabin at Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish estate.

The Daily Mail reported that Prince Andrew had hosted Epstein at Balmoral in mid-1999 along with an entourage that allegedly included young women.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein at a black tie event

(US District Attorney’s Office)

One of the group told The Mail they had stayed in the 52-room castle before being entertained on the grounds of the 50,000 acre estate.

The pair attended Prince Andrew’s 40th birthday at Windsor Castle in 2000.

Epstein’s pilot of 25 years Larry Visoski told the court on the second day of Maxwell’s trial he recalled Prince Andrew, Mr ClintonMr Trump, and Kevin Spacey being among the passengers on the so-called “Lolita Express”.

Mr Visoski also flying renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman to Michigan with Epstein for the Interlochen Center for the Arts summer camp. He said he remembered former Maine Senator George Mitchell and Ohio Senator John Glenn on flights.

None of the famous names mentioned by Mr Visoski are alleged to have done anything wrong in connection to Maxwell’s trial.

Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein at a log cabin on the grounds of the Queen’s estate, Balmoral

(US District Attorney’s Office)

Another of Epstein’s pilots David Rodgers testified in week two of the trial, and he was asked about Epstein’s connections to the science community.

Defence attorney Christian Everdell asked him if he recalled seeing former MIT professor Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in artificial intelligence who died in 2016.

Minsky was implicated in sex-trafficking allegations by Virginia Roberts-Giuffre, who said in a sworn deposition in 2019 that she was directed to have sex with him at Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.

Mr Everdell also asked about Les Wexner, the billionaire founder of L Brands, who was an early mentor to Epstein.

Mr Rodgers recalled flying Epstein to meet the businessman in Columbus, Ohio, in the 1990s. He said that Epstein referred to Mr Wexner as a client, they seemed to be more like friends.

There is no suggestion Mr Wexner was involved in any wrongdoing.

Maxwell’s second accuser, who testified under the pseudonym “Kate”, recalled how Maxwell would often boast about her close ties to powerful celebrities.

“She seemed to know everybody and she told me she was friends with Prince Andrew, friends with Donald Trump, friends with lots of famous people and their names would sometimes just come up.”

Ghislaine Maxwell gives Jeffrey Epstein a massage aboard a private jet

(US District Attorney’s Office)

The first accuser, who testified under the pseudonym Jane, said she also saw Epstein’s brother Mark Epstein on flights, along with Los Angeles-based celebrity chef Adam Perry Lang.

Another witness Juan Alessi, who managed Epstein’s Palm Beach property, testified that photos were on display showing Epstein with luminaries from the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro to Pope John Paul II, who led the Catholic church until his death in 2005.

A spokesman for Mr Clinton said in 2019 that the former president only flew four times on Epstein’s private jet, and knew nothing about his “terrible crimes”.

Billionaire Glenn Dubin came into the trial when his wife Eva Andersson-Dubin, Epstein’s girlfriend of 11 years and former Miss Sweden, testified for Maxwell’s defence.

Ms Andersson-Dubin testified about how her family regularly visited Epstein’s properties and her children affectionately referred to him as “Uncle F”.

She said she did not witness any troubling behaviour throughout the time she knew Epstein.

Many of these famous names also cropped up in the trove of newly-published legal documents from a defamation lawsuit brought against Maxwell by Ms Roberts-Giuffre in 2015, released in Janaury under a judge’s order.

More than 100 people, including victims, friends and associates of Epstein and Maxwell as well as some individuals with no direct link at all, were named in the documents.

Among the names was Mr Trump who cropped up in testimony from alleged victim Johanna Sjoberg, who claimed Epstein once “called up” Mr Trump and visited one of his casinos after his private plane was diverted to Atlantic City in New Jersey.

Ms Sjoberg testified that she went to Mr Trump’s casino but never met Mr Trump and never gave him a massage or engaged in any sexual relations with him. There is no indication that the former president has committed any wrongdoing and he has not been charged with involvement in Epstein’s crimes.

However, prior to his stint as commander-in-chief, Mr Trump was known to have met Epstein and Maxwell on multiple occasions.

Along with his ex-wife Marla Maples and children Tiffany and Eric, the former president flew on Epstein’s private jets multiple times, first appearing on flight logs in 1993. He also spoke of his friendship with him, telling New York Magazine in 2002 that he has “known Jeff for fifteen years.”

“He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life,” he told the magazine.

He also reportedly enjoyed a close relationship with Maxwell. Numerous photographs showed Mr Trump socialising with Maxwell out on the town in New York, at Anand Jon’s September 2000 fashion show, and another with Melania Trump and Epstein at Mar-a-Largo the same year.

Following her arrest in 2020, he told reporters at the White House that he “wished her well”.

“Her boyfriend was either killed or committed suicide in jail. She’s now in jail. Yeah, I wish her well,” he said.

This article was first published in 2021 and has been updated with new details

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