Ghislaine Maxwell, a close friend of Jeffrey Epstein who may be a key figure in the federal sex trafficking case against him, was spotted in Los Angeles two days after Epstein’s death.
The New York Post reports that Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime gal pal and rumored madam, was seen at a fast-food restaurant in Los Angeles on Monday.
The newspaper published a photo of Maxwell, 57, sitting at an outdoor table at In-N-Out Burger. Maxwell was reportedly eating a burger and fries, and reading a book titled “The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives.”
Ghislane Maxwell found at In-N-Out Burger, reading The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives, and what is even happening? https://t.co/LeN6Kc5V6v
— Harry Siegel (@harrysiegel) August 15, 2019
According to the report, Maxwell appeared surprised to have been identified, and commented to an onlooker: “Well, I guess this is the last time I’ll be eating here!”
Earlier reports had indicated that Maxwell was holed up in a Massachusetts mansion with tech CEO Scott Borgeson, who she had reportedly been dating. But Borgenson has denied that Maxwell is at his home and said they were not in a relationship.
“I am not dating Ghislaine. I’m home alone with my cat,” Borgeson told the New York Post.
Maxwell has been accused of recruiting girls into Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring, and has been named in multiple lawsuits against the mysterious financier, who died of a reported suicide in his Manhattan jail cell last weekend.
One of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, has claimed that Maxwell recruited her to be a sex slave for Epstein when Giuffre was just 16. Maxwell has denied the allegations, according to the New York Post.
Another accuser has reportedly claimed that Maxwell stole her passport when she was 15 years old, and attempted to force the girl “to have sex with Epstein through threats.”
According to the Telegraph, U.S. prosecutors are looking to speak to Maxwell’s former assistant, Emmy Tayler, who is reportedly now living in Oxford, England.
Another of Epstein’s alleged victims, Johanna Sjoberg, reportedly said in court papers unsealed last week that Tayler gave her a training session, with Epstein present, instructing her on how to massage him.
“She took off her clothes, got on the table, and then he was showing me moves that he liked,” Sjoberg said, according to court documents obtained by the New York Post.
“And then I took my clothes off. They asked me to get on the table so I could feel it. Then they both massaged me.”
The circumstances of Epstein’s reported jailhouse suicide have come under question, with sources telling the Washington Post that Epstein’s autopsy found multiple fractures in his neck. U.S. Attorney William Barr announced in a statement on Saturday that he would be overseeing an investigation into Epstein’s death.
“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.”
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[Feature image: AP Photo/Adam Lau]