It’s the photograph that’s crippling a prince. A smiling Andrew, Duke of York, with his arm slung around the waist of Virginia Giuffre, a young sex-trafficking victim and Jeffrey Epstein accuser whom he claims to have “no recollection” of meeting.
To the right of the picture is a third person, allegedly a major player in what is proving to be a once-in-a-generation scandal for the British royals and (potentially) dozens of America’s wealthy elite.
That person’s name is Ghislaine Maxwell and, right now, she’s missing.
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Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
Ghislaine Maxwell, 57, is a British socialite and daughter of newspaper tycoon and fraudster, Robert Maxwell.
Maxwell moved to the U.S. in 1991, where she became a close friend and confidant of late convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein — a former high-flying financier who, on August 10, 2019, took his own life in a New York prison cell while awaiting trial on allegations he trafficked girls for sex.
Prosecutors were preparing to argue that the 66-year-old billionaire had brought “dozens” of women, including some who were underage, to his mansions in New York and Florida for sexual encounters with himself and a host of his wealthy friends. But following Epstein’s death, U.S. authorities have turned their attention to his alleged accomplices.
That’s where Maxwell reportedly comes in.
She has been named by a number of Epstein’s alleged victims as a primary co-conspirator; a “madam” whom Epstein had tasked with recruiting young women into his circle by offering them what seemed to be legitimate employment.