JEFFREY Epstein's ex Ghislaine Maxwell is set to be thrust back into the limelight with the release of Netflix's upcoming four-part documentary.
But who is his ex-lover Maxwell and where is she now? Here's what we know.
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
Ghislaine Maxwell was born in 1961, in Maisons Laffitte, France.
She is the youngest child of disgraced media tycoon and British publisher Robert Maxwell.
She moved to New York in 1991 after her father's death and reportedly socialised with Ivana Trump.
In 1992 she had a romantic relationship with American financier Jeffrey Epstein and remained closely associated with him for decades afterwards.
She was also close pals with Lady Victoria Hervey and Prince Andrew.
Where is she now?
The whereabouts of Maxwell – dubbed Epstein's pimp – has been a mystery since the 66-year-old Epstein died in his jail cell in August 2019.
Epstein died while he was awaiting trial on a slew of sex trafficking charges.
Court documents show Maxwell may be hiding out at Epstein's Zorro Ranch in New Mexico after she asked a judge to move a sexual assault case against her to the state.
Earlier this year, it was thought Maxwell may have been hiding at her former family chateau in Meyreuil in the south of France.
The Sun has offered a £10,000 reward for information on Jeffrey Epstein pal Ghislaine Maxwell after she disappeared amid accusations she acted as a "madame" for Epstein.
It has been reported that the FBI may "know where she is".
Spencer Kuvin, who represents three of the dead paedophile's accusers, previously told Sun Online he believes that the FBI is building a strong case against the Brit socialite before they arrest her – and that they are following her every move.
"There’s only two possible places where she might be and that’s England – or the UK somewhere – or in the States," the Florida-based attorney told Sun Online at the time.
"And if she’s in the States, she’s going to be in New York or California.
"I think those places are where she feels most comfortable and even someone who is on the run or someone who might have concerns of prosecution, they’re going to go where they feel safest and I think the two places she feels safest and most comfortable are the US and the UK."
Pictures of Maxwell also emerged soon after Epstein's death showing her sitting and smiling at an In-N-Out burger joint in Los Angeles.
Many speculated that the images were either staged or faked.
There were also reported sightings of her in Manchester-by-the-Sea in Massachusetts – where she was staying with her tech CEO boyfriend Scott Borgerson in a £3m oceanfront mansion in August.
He was seen out walking her dog, while she spent most of her time locked in the house to avoid public attention.
What is her association to Epstein and what has she been accused of?
The 57-year-old has been accused of acting as a "madame" for Jeffrey Epstein, US court documents revealed.
Almost 2,000 pages of a lawsuit were released in a defamation case involving Virginia Giuffre (then Roberts), who in 2015 claimed Prince Andrew slept with her three times.
Ms Giuffre alleges she was recruited by Maxwell in 1999 where she was introduced to Epstein.
Another document describes an alleged sexual encounter between Ms Giuffre, now 35, and Andrew in a bathtub.
It was raised by lawyers for Maxwell in an effort to show the former masseuse had not mentioned it before 2014 and was lying about it.
The document says the tub was “too small for a man of Prince Andrew’s size to enjoy a bath in let alone sex”.
Ms Giuffre claims she was encouraged "to have sexual relations” with Andrew in Maxwell's London flat.
A manuscript by Ms Giuffre, also released with the court papers, claims Epstein and Maxwell invited the Duke of York to meet her in the capital to help him get over the “fresh wounds still lingering on” after his divorce from Sarah Ferguson.
She claims she was "groomed by the two [of them] for his pleasure, including lessons in Epstein's preferences during oral sex."
Buckingham Palace strongly denied the allegation in 2015 saying "any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors" by the Duke was "categorically untrue".
It has consistently denied the allegations, reinforcing that statement earlier this year by saying "Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.
"It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation."
Prince Andrew added: "At no stage during the limited time I spent with [Epstein] did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction."
All the allegations about Prince Andrew were struck from the court record in 2015.
They were described by the judge as being "immaterial and impertinent".
What has Maxwell said about the allegations?
She has repeatedly denied any involvement in Epstein's crimes.
In a 2015 statement, Maxwell rejected allegations that she has acted as a procurer for Epstein.
Maxwell's spokesperson said "the allegations made against Ghislaine Maxwell are untrue" and she "strongly denies allegations of an unsavoury nature, which have appeared in the British press and elsewhere, and reserves her right to seek redress at the repetition of such old defamatory claims".
What was revealed in the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary?
The Dispatches programme The Prince and the Paedophile in October 2019 examined the relationship between Prince Andrew and Epstein.
Reporter Cathy Newman looked at Epstein's British connections from Prince Andrew to Ghislaine Maxwell.
Private investigator Mike Fisten previously claimed that Epstein had 13 telephone numbers to contact the Queen's second son on.
A telephone contact book was found in Epstein's Palm Beach home that is said to have included a line for the Duke of York at Buckingham Palace.
Fisten said: "You could take for instance, if looking at the section in London, you could pick out, the Duke of York, which is Prince Andrew. And when you look at that, under Duke of York it shows Buckingham Palace, London.
"He has thirteen phone number to contact the Duke. And [these numbers went everywhere], Wood Farm, Sunninghill Wood Farm, Sunninghill numbers, the Palace, his home number, his home email.
"He even had a phone number to his modem, I guess to call into his modem."
The programme also looks at 1,200 pages of documents about Epstein's behaviour that were made public in a courtroom in Manhattan.
What are the allegations concerning George Clooney?
Ghislaine Maxwell is claimed to have boasted about performing a sex act on the screen idol in a toilet.
The allegation was made by Virginia Giuffre in a manuscript of her memoirs released by a New York court.
She says Maxwell boasted about it during a globe-trotting trip they both made in 2001 which culminated in her meeting Prince Andrew for the first time in London.
It is not known when the alleged incident between Maxwell and Clooney may have taken place.
There is no suggestion that Clooney was involved in under-age sex or sex parties held by billionaire Epstein or involved in any wrongdoing.
What time is Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich documentary?
An upcoming documentary on Netflix is set to expose how Epstein used his wealth to carry out his sickening campaign of abuse.
The series runs for four episodes entitled Hunting Grounds, Follow The money, The Island and Finding Their Voice.
The hour-long episodes are available to watch all in one go and have been given a 15 rating.
Netflix tweeted on their See What's Next account that the show "exposes a horrifying story of relentless manipulation and sex trafficking".
It added: "Epstein’s survivors serve as the series’ pre-eminent voices, providing powerful testimonials about their experiences, and inspiration in their resilience."
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