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From socialite to alleged sex trafficker — how Ghislaine Maxwell became ‘Epstein’s Shadow’

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That name first. Is it Gull-aine? Gizz-layne? Jillane? Gulleen? Gullenne seems to be the preferred pronunciation according to Maxwell’s friends — correction — former friends, who are here visibly struggling to square the vivacious socialite they knew with the woman sitting in a Brooklyn jail cell awaiting trial for horrendous crimes. Alleged co-conspirator Jeffrey Epstein having hanged himself in his own jail cell in August 2019, Maxwell is left to face charges of sex trafficking minors, to which she has pleaded not guilty.

After the sudden death of her father, disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell, in 1991, a devastated Ghislaine fled to New York to start over. Christopher Mason remembers her “incandescent charm . . . bright as hell”. Epstein’s “almost permanent smirk” was less appealing. Lady Victoria Hervey was intrigued by a young woman with such a high profile who was also “quite…

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