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Who IS Ghislaine Maxwell’s ‘secret husband’?

Ghislaine Maxwell was last night at the centre of a marriage mystery after US prosecutors revealed she has a ‘spouse’

Ghislaine Maxwell was last night at the centre of a marriage mystery after US prosecutors revealed she has a ‘spouse’ she refuses to name.

The sensational twist emerged during the British socialite’s failed bid to be freed on bail pending her trial on sex trafficking charges linked to her former boyfriend, paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Her secret marriage was disclosed by US assistant attorney Alison Moe, who told Tuesday’s bail hearing in New York that Maxwell, 58, was ‘the very definition of a flight risk’ and should remain behind bars. The prosecutor attacked her lack of transparency including making ‘no mention whatsoever about the financial circumstances or assets of her spouse whose identity she declined to provide to pre-trial services’.

Miss Moe did not say who she believed the spouse to be or give any indication when and where the couple wed.

Maxwell now faces a year in custody at a fortress-like US prison ahead of her trial over allegations she groomed girls as young as 14 for Epstein to abuse. She denies all the charges, which carry a maximum 35-year term if she is convicted. The judge who denied her bail said the case ‘appears strong’ but lawyers acting for Epstein’s alleged madam, who appeared in court via video link, said she deserved the ‘presumption of innocence’.

It was reported that the shock marriage disclosure by the prosecution was intended to show how the daughter of the late disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell has not come clean about her circumstances and finances.

The only other reference to Maxwell being in a relationship was when Miss Moe revealed the socialite had toured her £800,000 bolthole in New Hampshire with an unknown man last year.

Miss Moe said an estate agent described the pair as a couple, – giving their names as Scott and Janet or Jen Marshall. She said it was only later that she realised the woman was Maxwell.

Last summer, Maxwell, was tracked down by MailOnline to Manchester-by-the-Sea in Massachusetts, living at a £1.6million home owned by her American toyboy lover Scott Borgerson, 44, a multi-millionaire shipping entrepreneur (pictured)

Last summer, Maxwell, was tracked down by MailOnline to Manchester-by-the-Sea in Massachusetts, living at a £1.6million home owned by her American toyboy lover Scott Borgerson, 44, a multi-millionaire shipping entrepreneur (pictured)

The prosecutor added: ‘The real estate agent told the FBI..the buyers for the house introduced themselves as Scott and Janet Marshall. Both had British accents. Scott Marshall told her he was retired from the British military and was currently working on a book. Janet Marshall described herself as a journalist.’

Last summer, Maxwell, who was educated at top private school Marlborough College, was tracked down by MailOnline to Manchester-by-the-Sea in Massachusetts, living at a £1.6million home owned by her American toyboy lover Scott Borgerson, 44, a multi-millionaire shipping entrepreneur. It is unclear if the man who toured the New Hampshire home with Maxwell was Mr Borgerson, whose technology firm CargoMetrics was valued at more than £80million in 2016.

Mr Borgerson, who has been hailed as shipping’s answer to Tesla tycoon Elon Musk, is believed to have met Maxwell seven years ago through speaking engagements connected to ocean preservation. Earlier this month, it was reported that the luxury hideout in New Hampshire where Maxwell was captured by the FBI appeared to be linked to Mr Borgerson.

Prince Andrew ¿ who was pictured smiling yesterday as he drove into Windsor Castle

Prince Andrew – who was pictured smiling yesterday as he drove into Windsor Castle

Property records reportedly show that a company named Granite Reality LLC bought Maxwell’s 156-acre wooded hideaway on December 13, 2019 from a family trust.

A newspaper report claimed that, according to official documents, the manager of Granite is Boston lawyer, Jeffrey W Roberts, and the company was set up on November 18, 2019, just weeks before its purchase of Maxwell’s mountain-top home.

Mr Roberts is also the registered agent for a second company, Hopley Yeaton, whose manager is named as ‘Scott Borgerson’, the report added.

Both companies also share the same address in Boston – Mr Roberts’ law firm. It is not yet clear if it is the same Scott Borgerson who has been linked to Maxwell, but there is only one man by that name listed in Massachusetts, according to public records. Maxwell moved to the US in 1991 after the death of her father, who fell off his yacht in the Canary Islands under mysterious circumstances. Soon after that she met Epstein and dated him for years. Friends have described how the financier’s wealth enabled her to live the life of privilege she was accustomed to. In exchange, she opened her contacts book and introduced him to high society in America and the UK including Bill and Hillary Clinton and Prince Andrew – who was pictured smiling yesterday as he drove into Windsor Castle.

After Maxwell broke up with Epstein, she dated tech billionaire Ted Waitt – co-founder of Gateway, Inc. Friends said the 2008 conviction of Epstein for soliciting underage girls for sex and the subsequent bad press for Maxwell took its toll on Mr Waitt. In 2010, they broke up.

On Tuesday Maxwell wiped tears away as she learned her fate at a virtual court hearing in Manhattan. District judge Alison Nathan denied Maxwell’s proposal for a £4million bond co-signed by two of her sisters and backed up by more than £3million in property in the UK.

Maxwell’s legal team had argued she would be confined to a luxury hotel in the New York area, surrender all travel documents and be subject to GPS monitoring. But Judge Nathan ruled the socialite was a significant flight risk, citing her ‘substantial international’ ties and ‘extraordinary financial resources’, setting an anticipated trial date for July 12 next year.

Maxwell is accused of grooming girls as young as 14 for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997 when she was his girlfriend.

Prosecutors argued that, with her connections to powerful people and her fortune of more than £8million, Maxwell had every incentive to try to flee. Lawyers for Maxwell and Mr Borgerson did not respond to requests for comment. Prosecutors in New York would not comment. 

Stuck in solitary, cornmeal ‘grits’ for breakfast, and the threat of attack by other prisoners in America’s ‘worst jail’… Hellish world of prisoner 02879-509  

By Paul Bracchi for The Daily Mail

She is being held in solitary confinement with the lights of her cell kept on constantly – in a jail where conditions have been compared to those of a Third World country.

Could there be a harsher introduction to life inside the Metropolitan Detention Center – a bleak high-rise concrete fortress in the Brooklyn district of New York – for Ghislaine Maxwell?

Even without the extra security precautions (because she is considered at risk of self-harm and a potential target for other inmates) conditions inside the MDC, as this maximum security establishment is commonly known, are grim indeed.

‘The most troubled federal facility in the prison system’ is how a former governor recently described the jail. Considering the US system includes such notorious names San Quentin and Rikers Island, it is quite some claim.

Could there be a harsher introduction to life inside the Metropolitan Detention Center ¿ a bleak high-rise concrete fortress in the Brooklyn district of New York ¿ for Ghislaine Maxwell?

Could there be a harsher introduction to life inside the Metropolitan Detention Center – a bleak high-rise concrete fortress in the Brooklyn district of New York – for Ghislaine Maxwell?

Few, though, doubt, the accuracy of the statement – there have been reports down the years of guards beating and raping female inmates.

But this is where the daughter of disgraced newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell will spend the next 12 months after being denied bail yesterday following her appearance in court in Manhattan via a video link.

Prosecutors have accused Maxwell of helping her friend and former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to recruit and abuse girls as young as 14 from 1994 to 1997 and lying about her role in the depositions in 2016. They argued against her application for bail, describing her as an extreme flight risk.

Anyone, let alone an Oxford-educated socialite who enjoyed a life of privilege until her arrest at her £800,000 New Hampshire hideaway last week, would find the prospect daunting.

Little wonder Maxwell’s family offered up a £4million bail package to get her freed before she stands trial – to avoid incarceration in the MDC.

Prosecutors have accused Maxwell of helping her friend and former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to recruit and abuse girls as young as 14 from 1994 to 1997

Prosecutors have accused Maxwell of helping her friend and former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to recruit and abuse girls as young as 14 from 1994 to 1997 

But this is where the daughter of disgraced newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell will spend the next 12 months after being denied bail yesterday

But this is where the daughter of disgraced newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell will spend the next 12 months after being denied bail yesterday

On entering the jail, she will have been placed in ‘full restraint’ – leg shackles, a body chain and handcuffs – before being strip-searched.

Initially, her Prada dresses and Louboutin heels were replaced by suicide-proof paper clothes and prison slippers. She has now been allowed to change out of them judging by her appearance in a khaki T-shirt and trousers in the court video link.

Maxwell, 58, once so close to Prince Andrew, knows what lies in store for the foreseeable future. Her daily routine is spelt out in the Inmate Admission and Orientation Handbook.

Her prison day starts at 6am, the booklet states. Her bed in her (10ft by 12ft) cell must be made by 7.30am, and she is ‘responsible for sweeping and mopping’ the cell floor, removing rubbish and ‘ensuring it is clean’.

This must come as a shock for a socialite who has probably never picked up a brush and pan in her life.

It doesn’t get any easier. On the breakfast menu she will find grits, a type of porridge made from boiled cornmeal, popular in the American South. Would Maxwell have even had grits during her champagne existence on the outside? Probably not.

Lunch is at 11am. Choices include barbecue chicken and macaroni cheese, followed by ‘dinner’ at 4pm (soup, hot dogs, pasta). Maxwell – or inmate 02879-509 – is not allowed any personal property. She is issued with toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, and soap.

Her cell contains a locker where she can keep newspapers and magazines (they may make uncomfortable reading) as well as books, letters and photos.

Some inmates are given jobs inside the jail, where there has been a Covid outbreak, following a medical assessment. These include working in the kitchen or the maintenance shop.

Such a privilege would probably not be extended to Maxwell who has already reportedly been the subject of ‘multiple and credible threats’ against her life. One source said other prisoners targeting Maxwell would be viewed as a ‘badge of honour’.

One of the few ‘perks’ will be watching TV in her cell. She is also allowed one approved MP3 player and a watch. Phone calls are limited to 15 minutes with a maximum 300 minutes a month.

She can receive and send letters which must include her inmate number.

Like other prisoners, Maxwell could be searched by guards at any time as the handbook makes clear: ‘Staff may conduct a pat search of an inmate on a routine or random basis to control contraband.’ The rules also state ‘staff may search an inmate’s housing and work area without notice, randomly and without the inmate’s presence.’

Maxwell will be set up with her own prison bank account, to which family and friends can wire money. She can spend up to $150 (£120) at the prison shop every two weeks – not even small change to a woman who had about 15 bank accounts, holding up to £18million, according to court documents.

What the ‘Inmate Admission and Orientation Handbook’ doesn’t detail is the controversial history of the Metropolitan Detention Center.

Built in the 1990s, and holding 1,600 men and women, it has been the subject of a number of official investigations by the authorities. Last year, three male MDC guards were convicted of sexually abusing at least six female prisoners.

In 2016, a judge expressed reluctance about sending women to the Brooklyn facility because, she said, conditions made it sound like it was in ‘some third-world’ country.

The MDC continues to be plagued by reports of misconduct; only last month an inmate died after prison staff doused him with pepper spray, which had led to an inquiry by the Justice Department’s inspector general; in May yet another inmate died at the jail.

Maxwell herself is being held in ‘administrative detention’ – solitary confinement.

Her predicament was revealed by her lawyer at her court appearance this week.

‘We have a client who has been kept alone in a room with the lights on all the time, is not allowed to speak with us in jail at all, and wasn’t allowed to shower for 72 hours,’ he said.

Court papers showed she travelled internationally at least 15 times in the past three years, including trips to the UK.

In 2019 – a few days after Epstein killed himself in prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges – she was said to have been photographed in a restaurant in Los Angeles but the pictures were later discredited as Photoshopped fakes.

‘The defendant has the ability to live in hiding, and she’s demonstrated that she can live off the grid,’ prosecutors said.

Hence the reason why this London socialite will be eating grits for breakfast tomorrow.

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