The arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell this week could have many famous and powerful people on edge that she might reveal incriminating information about their relationship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the New York Post reports.
“She’s going to be naming some big names — not only in terms of those who abused underage girls at Epstein’s parties — but also those who made financial agreements with Epstein or benefited from his generosity, including flying on his plane and staying at his homes,” Steven Hoffenberg, a former Epstein business associate, told the Post.
Hoffenberg suggested that Maxwell likely believed she was being protected from arrest, but now she knows that trust was misplaced. He said he was surprised to learn Maxwell had been detained Thursday on allegations that she helped Epstein prey on underage girls and also engaged in the abuse herself at times.
“Ghislaine thought she was untouchable — that she’d be protected by the intelligence communities she and Jeffrey helped with information, the Israeli intelligence services; and Les Wexner, who has given millions to Israel; by Prince Andrew, President Clinton and even by President Trump, who was well-known to be an acquaintance of her and Epstein’s,” Hoffenberg told the Post.
Laura Goldman, who knows Maxwell, said Prince Andrew could be better protected because Maxwell earnestly is fond of the British royal.
“Andrew helped launch Ghislaine into the New York social scene when she was nothing after the death of her father,” Goldman told the Post. “She always saw him as a real friend.”
Prince Andrew and President Trump say they were not involved in any illicit sex and did not know about Epstein’s proclivities, despite maintaining associations with him.
Wexner, a billionaire whose company owns Victoria’s Secret, also has said he didn’t know about the abuse. Epstein managed Wexner’s money for a time until the two had a falling out, with Wexner accusing Epstein of misappropriating millions of dollars.
Hoffenberg, who was imprisoned for 18 years because of a Ponzi scheme that he said Epstein was allegedly involved in, was reportedly Epstein’s mentor.
Maxwell, Hoffenberg said, will not be able to tolerate jail and will likely share valuable information with authorities as part of a deal.
Maxwell has “gone from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the sewer,” Hoffenberg told the Post.
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[Feature Photo: Ghislaine Maxwell in 1991/AP Photo, Dominique Mollard, File; and Jeffrey Epstein/New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File]