Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel today revealed the Prime Minister flirted with Ghislaine Maxwell who placed her ‘high-heeled boot’ on his thigh and fixed her ‘naughty eyes’ on him while she was holding court at Oxford University.
The daughter of the late Robert Maxwell, who is currently in a New York jail, studied at Balliol College at the same time as Boris and Ms Johnson were also students there in the 1980s.
Ms Johnson, 56, revealed the link between her older brother, 57, and Ms Maxwell in a piece where she claimed it was ‘hard not to pity’ the alleged sex trafficker incarcerated in New York after being accused of helping Jeffrey Epstein procure young girls to abuse.
Describing a scene in the college’s junior common room (JCR), Ms Johnson said: ‘As a fresher, I wandered into Balliol JCR one day in search of its subsidised breakfast granola-and-Nescafé offering and found a shiny glamazon with naughty eyes holding court astride a table, a high-heeled boot resting on my brother Boris’s thigh.’
The Prime Minister, 57, was a year below Miss Maxwell, 59, who is currently in detention in New York awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
His journalist sister, writing in The Spectator magazine, said: ‘It’s hard not to feel a batsqueak of pity for Ghislaine Maxwell – 500 days and counting in solitary confinement. I intersected briefly with her at Oxford.’
She said the socialite ‘gave me a pitying glance but I did manage to snag an invite to her party’ held at Robert Maxwell’s mansion in Oxford, Headington Hill Hall.
She added: ‘I have a memory of her father, Bob, coming out in a towelling robe and telling us all to go home. I’m sure fairweather friends would not reveal they went to a Ghislaine Maxwell party: as Barbara Amiel’s brilliant memoir Friends and Enemies proves, you only know who your real chums are when you’re in the gutter.’
It came as Maxwell edged closer to trial in the United States and spoke to The Mail on Sunday for the first time about her ‘living hell’ behind bars – claiming that she has been assaulted and abused by prison guards, purposely deprived of sleep and given rotting food to eat.
Ghislaine Maxwell once placed her ‘high-heeled boot’ on Boris Johnson’s thigh while holding court at Oxford University (both pictured in the city in the 1980s), his sister recounted yesterday
Maxwell is about to go on trial in the US where she denies eight counts that could see her jailed for 80 years if she is found guilty.
Writing in The Spectator magazine, Rachel Johnson said: ‘It’s hard not to feel a batsqueak of pity for Ghislaine Maxwell – 500 days and counting in solitary confinement. I intersected briefly with her at Oxford.’ Maxwell’s legal team has repeatedly made claims about her alleged mistreatment behind bars. She is shown in prison earlier this year with ‘a black eye’
Maxwell, who had her $28million (£21M) bail application denied for the fourth time last week, also claimed negative media coverage while she has been in custody and the deliberate withholding of evidence have made it ‘impossible’ for her to receive a fair trial.
Speaking from her 10ft by 12ft prison cell inside New York’s notorious Metropolitan Detention Center, where she has spent the past 16 months in solitary confinement, Maxwell said: ‘I have been assaulted and abused for almost a year and a half.
‘I have not had a nutritious meal in all that time. I haven’t slept without lights on – fluorescent lights that have damaged my eyes – or been allowed to sleep without constant interruptions.
‘I am weak, I am frail. I have no stamina. I am tired. I don’t even have shoes which fit properly. They feed me rotten food. One apple had maggots in it. I have not been allowed to exercise.’
This week prospective jurors were quizzed about their knowledge of the British socialite, billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and even Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago during jury selection for her upcoming sex trafficking trial.
Maxwell, 59, appeared in federal court in New York as Judge Alison Nathan questioned dozens of potential members of the jury who will decide her fate later this month.
Jurors got their first glimpse of Maxwell, the British socialite charged with helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse girls and women, on Tuesday.
A pool of 231 began three days of questioning by a New York judge that will see them eventually whittled down to the dozen who will try the sex trafficking case, plus six alternates.
Wearing a black suit, Maxwell hugged her lawyers when she entered the courtroom and briefly sketched a courtroom artist who was drawing her.
Judge Alison J. Nathan’s questions in Manhattan federal court were aimed at seeing if potential jurors can stay impartial in the case.
Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to charges she groomed underage victims to have forced sex with Epstein.
Ghislaine Maxwell embraces her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim during jury selection on Tuesday
Maxwell, 59, who is accused of procuring underage girls for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is set to stand trial on sex trafficking charges on November 29. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges
Jeffrey Epstein and former President Trump had known each other for years until they reportedly fell out over a property dispute
Each prospective juror sat alone in a jury box for 10 to 15 minutes while Judge Nathan put questions to them.
Maxwell’s hair, which had grown out from her signature pixie cut, looked recently washed and noticeably more lustrous than her last appearance last week. She is pictured in 2013
They were given a list of witnesses, companies and locations to be mentioned in the case and asked if they had ‘specific familiarity’ with any.
They were also asked if they had any biases against law enforcement, the criminal justice system and, in a question insisted upon by the defence, whether they had prejudice against people who lived ‘luxurious lifestyles’.
Hundreds had already been dismissed after filling out a written questionnaire.
At one point they were asked if they had a ‘specific familiarity’ with Donald Trump’s Palm Beach property, Mar-a-Lago, which was known as the ‘Winter White House’ when he was president.
The inclusion of the question suggests that prosecutors plan to mention it during Maxwell’s trial as a venue for allegedly recruiting and trafficking underage girls for Epstein.
Epstein and former President Trump had known each other for years until they reportedly fell out over a property dispute.
The two could also be seen in a 1992 video shot at Mar-a-Lago while a group of cheerleaders dance in front of them as Epstein doubles over in laughter.
At one point in the video Maxwell can be seen walking in the background.
Wearing a black mask that matched her robe, Judge Nathan reminded prospective jurors that Maxwell must be considered innocent until a verdict at her trial, which will open properly at the end of the month.
Once that is completed, the prosecution and defense will be able to strike 10 jurors, to narrow down the 12 jurors as well as six alternates that will hear the case.
The selection process won’t be finalised until November 29, when opening statements will begin. The trial is expected to stretch to mid-January.
On Monday Maxwell appeared to have had a jailhouse makeover ahead of her sex trafficking trial later this month.
The British socialite appeared much more glamorous in court on Monday, having styled her straggly hair into a shoulder-length bob with her graying roots touched up and dyed black.
Maxwell’s hair, which had grown out from her signature pixie cut, looked recently washed and noticeably more lustrous than her last appearance last week.
She also ditched her prison issued blue top and pants for street clothes – a black turtleneck and gray slacks.
She appeared healthier and more relaxed than she had in months as she attended a pretrial hearing in which the judge spoke about how she will proceed with jury selection tomorrow, at federal court in New York.
The British socialite has appeared noticeably haggard at her court appearances since she was jailed last summer. She is pictured left in July 2020 and right last week
Ghislaine Maxwell was sporting a much more glamorous look at a pre-trial hearing in New York on Monday, ditching her prison jumpsuit for a black turtleneck and gray pants
Maxwell’s newfound confidence was apparent at the end of the hour-long hearing when she stood face to face with her lawyer Jeff Pagliuca.
In a world exclusive published in The Mail on Sunday, Ghislaine Maxwell has spoken of the hell of her life in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, saying that conditions are so bad a rat would sit beside an open sewer in her cell as she went to the toilet (Pictured: Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein at an event in New York in 1995)
Pagliuca smoothed a few loose strands of Maxwell’s hair from her face in an affectionate moment between the two.
Given that Maxwell is incarcerated in the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn, her makeover was likely done by herself.
The Bureau of Prisons sells hair dye in the commissary to inmates for $9.50 and comes in a range of colors, including black.
Maxwell talked about cutting her own hair in prison in her first-ever jailhouse interview over the weekend.
She said her guards were ‘impressed when I cut my hair with nail clippers and it was somewhat straight’.
She said: ‘I only had a 3in by 5in mirror. They rewarded me with paper scissors and suggested I might want to open a salon’.
Maxwell, 59, denies eight counts that could see her jailed for 80 years if she is found guilty.
The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn where Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged accomplice of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, is awaiting trial
Maxwell faces the rest of her life behind bars if convicted of abusing and procuring young girls for billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein – charges that she vehemently denies.
Her lawyers are expected to argue she is being punished by proxy for Epstein’s heinous crimes because, as one source close to the case maintains, ‘someone has to pay for what he did’.
Maxwell has told friends: ‘I fear it will be impossible to get a fair trial. I have tremendous fear that overwhelmingly negative media stories will poison my jury pool and affect the outcome of my trial despite the evidence that will demonstrate everything the jurors thought they knew isn’t true.
‘I look forward to finally having my day in court to prove I played no part in Epstein’s crimes.’