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Judge rips into Ghislaine Maxwell as sealed Epstein documents begin to emerge

Ben Wieder and Kevin G. Hall, Miami Herald on

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Maxwell has filed a claim against the estate, seeking to have it reimburse her for her legal defense and the costs of hiding and security in the year after Epstein's death. It is widely believed that any serious look at Epstein's business would ensnare his longtime associate Maxwell.

A victims compensation fund has recently started operating to help Epstein victims quietly achieve settlements out of court, even as Giuffre and other women seek legal remedies too.

The source of Maxwell's wealth is coming under scrutiny. Prosecutors said there were large sums of unexplained wealth and the cash purchase of the mansion where she was arrested was notable.

Federal prosecutors say that Maxwell toured the property under the pseudonym Jen Marshall, saying she was a journalist looking for privacy, and her name didn't appear on any of the documents connected to the sale, according to someone with knowledge of the transaction.

The Maxwell case also figures in national politics. Not only was she friends with Bill Clinton, but President Donald Trump created a stir earlier this month when from a White House podium he responded to a question about Maxwell by saying, "I wish her well."

 

Giuffre alleges she was recruited by Maxwell in 2000 at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, where Giuffre was working as a spa assistant. Giuffre was around 17 at the time and she said she was sexually abused by Epstein and several of Epstein and Maxwell's powerful friends over the next several years. She did not allege abuse by Trump or at Mar-a-Lago.

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