We may never hear from Jeffrey Epstein himself, but that doesn’t mean the truth will stay buried.
Last week the billionaire pedophile’s alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested at her hideout in New Hampshire and charged with four federal crimes related to sex trafficking minors, as well as two counts of perjury. Per the indictment, Maxwell and Epstein “exploited girls as young as 14, including by enticing them to travel and transporting them for the purpose of engaging in illegal sex acts.”
In all she could face a maximum of 35 years in prison — that is, unless she flips and makes herself a deal.
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And according to multiple sources who know her, that’s exactly what’s about to happen!
A former pal of the British socialite told DailyMail.com this week they believe Maxwell has hard evidence of their misdeeds:
“Ghislaine has always been as cunning as they come. She wasn’t going to be with Epstein all those years and not have some insurance.”
Seeing as Epstein himself is reported to have kept video of sexual acts, it’s not unlikely she has some also, as the insider continued:
“The secret stash of sex tapes I believe Ghislaine has squirreled away could end up being her get out of jail card if the authorities are willing to trade. She has copies of everything Epstein had. They could implicate some twisted movers and shakers…”
Which “movers and shakers” would those be? Obviously we don’t know the answer to that, but it’s a bad look for anyone who spent a lot of time with Epstein.
We’ve gone into more detail on their extensive connections HERE, but the list of men closely associated with the late billionaire includes — among many other rich and powerful names — Prince Andrew, celebrity attorney Alan Dershowitz, former president Bill Clinton, and current POTUS Donald Trump. Yeah, it’s that big.
Clinton spent hours and hours riding on Epstein’s private plane, sometimes called the “Lolita Express”; Trump used to party with Epstein in NYC and is on record talking about his and Epstein’s love of young girls. Both have denied all knowledge of Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking activities.
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You can find copious photos online of Ghislaine being chummy with all of the above and more. Heck, she was even at Chelsea Clinton‘s wedding! If any of these folks were involved it stands to reason Maxwell would know about it.
Obviously she was a wealthy socialite, and hobnobbing with high society types is what they do. Her association with any celebrities is not evidence they participated in illicit activities — but it sure ain’t as clean a look for them as NOT having smiling photos with an alleged underage sex trafficking ring leader.
But will Maxwell turn on all those involved? This former friend believes so:
“If Ghislaine goes down, she’s going to take the whole damn lot of them with her.”
Yes, according to this source the evidence isn’t just inculpatory for Maxwell and Epstein — but for many of the powerful folks in their inner circle to whom they allegedly trafficked the young girls. The insider continued:
“Not only did Epstein like to capture himself with underage girls on camera — he wanted to make sure he had something to hold over the rich and powerful men who took advantage of his sick largesse. I’ll bet anything that once it comes out that Ghislaine has those tapes these men will be quaking in their Italian leather boots. Ghislaine made sure that she socked away thumb drives of it all. She knows where all the bodies are buried and she’ll use whatever she had to save her own ass.“
Yowza! And that wasn’t the only source predicting Maxwell will snitch.
Over the weekend a former associate of Epstein’s actually went on the record about what he knew and suspected. Steven Hoffenberg, former manager of the New York Post, told his former outlet’s own Page Six:
“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.”
According to Hoffenberg (who spent 18 years in prison himself after being convicted of running a Ponzi scheme — one he claims Epstein also participated in btw), Maxwell will do whatever it takes to stay out of prison — including dropping a few dimes.
“She’s gone from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the sewer. She won’t be able to handle jail — and she’ll immediately start talking to try to get out of it.”
He says the 58-year-old isn’t prepared for that prison life at all — because she actually thought she was going to be safe from arrest!
“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.”
Are these the men Hoffenberg thinks should be “extremely worried right now”?
BTW, Les Wexner is the billionaire founder of L Brands, parent company of Victoria’s Secret, Express, Ambercrombie & Fitch, and Bath & Body Works. He has stated he only knew Epstein through financial deals and never knew anything about his illegal activities. However, last month the Miami Herald did report Wexner is named in documents from Virginia Giuffre‘s lawsuit as one of the men she was trafficked to.
Giuffre, as we’ve reported, has been the most vocal of all of Epstein’s alleged victims, publicly accusing Prince Andrew of having sex with her when she was just 17 years old.
Andrew has become the de facto face of complicity in Epstein’s alleged criminal enterprise thanks to his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview in which he tried to deny Giuffre’s claims — with a selectively specific memory and some farfetched nonsense about a temporary sweat gland condition.
He has since faced his own dealings with American law enforcement.
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However, while he may seem like the obvious first domino to fall, don’t expect that based on Maxwell’s testimony — at least, that’s what another of her former associates says.
Laura Goldman also spoke to Page Six, saying she thought of all the men involved Ghislaine actually cares about the Duke of York — and may protect him when all is said and done.
“Andrew helped launch Ghislaine into the New York social scene when she was nothing after the death of her father. She always saw him as a real friend.”
Will it be possible for her to give up some of the people involved and not others? That would be awful, frankly — and scarily in reach thanks to one of Epstein’s associates currently being in charge of the US Department of Justice.
So what is the case looking like right now? From an official capacity, not just friends of Ghislaine (ugh, that has icky euphemism potential now, doesn’t it?).
Maxwell is scheduled to make her first court appearance on Friday. At some point she was secretly moved from the county jail in New Hampshire to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. She has not been granted bail due to being a high flight risk — after all, we know the woman has friends in high places, some of whom would go to great lengths to keep her from ever giving evidence.
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Currently prosecutors are looking to keep everything under wraps — including names of any victims or co-conspirators.
US Attorney Audrey Strauss wrote to the judge on Sunday arguing a protective order “will be necessary to facilitate the production of discovery while also protecting, among other things, the privacy and identity of third parties, including the victims of the conduct charged in the indictment.”
While we’re all for protecting the names of the victims in perpetuity, we hope the protection only lasts as long as the arraignment when it comes to people accused of crimes.
The last time Epstein answered to the law for his crimes, his “sweetheart deal” guaranteed “any potential co-conspirators” would walk away scot free. That’s right, he apparently got a plea deal not by naming names but by getting a guarantee they’d be protected. US Attorney Alex Acosta has since stepped down from his new position — as Trump’s Labor Secretary — after details about the inexplicable prosecution went public. Again more on that HERE!
That kind of sweeping under the rug CANNOT be allowed to happen again. Everyone involved in this thing needs to be put away for years — no matter what companies or countries they run.
What do YOU think? Will Maxwell name all the names? Some of the names?? How will this end???
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