Jeffrey Epstein’s procurer Ghislaine Maxwell wants the estate of the convicted pedophile to pay her legal fees and security costs, citing “extensive global coverage” of the investigation into Epstein’s wrongdoing and “regular threats to her life and safety, which have required her to hire personal security and find safe accommodation,” a lawsuit filed in the US Virgin Islands reads, according to ABC News.
Epstein died on August 10 in a Manhattan jail where he was awaiting trial on charges he abused women in Manhattan from 2002 to 2005. The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
Maxwell, a former girlfriend and long-time employee, has been named in several lawsuits filed by Epstein’s alleged victims. In the lawsuit, filed last Friday but not docketed until Tuesday, Maxwell, 58, says that Epstein made “clear and unambiguous” promises to support her.
According to the lawsuit, Maxwell alleges that former Epstein attorney and co-executor of his estate Darren Indyke promised her the estate would pay her costs.
“Indyke told Maxwell that her legal fees would be paid because she would not have incurred any legal expenses but for Epstein’s alleged misconduct, and that Epstein’s promises would be honored,” the court filing reads.
Maxwell insists that she knew nothing of Epstein’s misdeeds, despite multiple women claiming that she, in fact, procured them for Epstein when they were young girls. The assets of Epstein’s estate are frozen as multiple lawsuits against it work their way through the courts. In addition to the women involved and now Maxwell, the US Virgin Islands filed suit in January, as CrimeOnline reported.
One of the most sensational allegations against her comes from Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who says that Maxwell hired her as a masseuse and paid her to have sex with several well-known men, including Britain’s Prince Andrew, as Crime Online has reported. Prince Andrew denies the allegations. Giuffre filed a defamation suit against Maxwell in 2015, and the suit was later settled for an undisclosed sum. The information about the suit was contained in thousands of documents released by a New York court in August.
Maxwell’s whereabouts have been unknown since Epstein’s arrest in July.
According to the New York Times, Maxwell’s partnership with the financier ended in 2008, when he pleaded guilty in Florida to soliciting prostitution from an underage girl.
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[Featured image: Ghislaine Maxwell in 1991/AP Photo,Dominique Mollard, File and Jeffrey Epstein/New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File]