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Ghislaine Maxwell: How did she go from socialite to the shadowy figure in a sex crime investigation?

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2005
Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2005 Credit: Getty

In the photographs and footage, Ghislaine Maxwell often seems to be hiding in the background, or stood to one side, or feigning to look away – but she’s always there. 

There, behind her long-time “best friend”, the disgraced billionaire financier, Jeffrey Epstein, and Donald Trump at the latter’s model-filled party in his Mar-a-Lago residence in 1992. 

There, in the doorway beside the Duke of York and a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts Giuffre – the woman who has alleged she had sex with the Duke that evening, and two other times, under Epstein’s unspoken orders – in London in 2001 (the Duke of York has consistently and emphatically denied any sexual contact or relationship with her).

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