‘Chasing Ghislaine’ doc reveals Maxwell’s daddy issues with Jeffrey Epstein

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If you’re curious how former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell may discover herself accused of being Jeffrey Epstein’s madame — allegedly instrumental in his intensive intercourse trafficking net — look no additional than her daddy issues.

“She wanted to be like her father,” journalist Vicky Ward instructed The Post, referring to media tycoon Robert Maxwell. “It’s critical in understanding why a man like Jeffrey Epstein would have been so extraordinarily compelling to her.”

Ward’s new three-part docuseries, “Chasing Ghislaine,” premiering Monday on Discovery+, explores the eerie parallels between Maxwell’s blind allegiance to her “ruthless” father and her unflinching devotion to convicted pedophile Epstein.

When former boyfriend Epstein as soon as walked into his East Side workplace on the posh Villard Houses with a younger lady and the 2 ducked right into a separate room, Maxwell appeared the opposite approach.  

Ghislaine Maxwell photographed with the pivotal men in her in life -- father Robert Maxwell and boyfriend turned associate Jeffrey Epstein -- both of whom died disgraced.
Ghislaine Maxwell “wanted to be like her father,” journalist Vicky Ward instructed The Post, referring to disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell (above proper and inset left). “It’s critical in understanding why a man like Jeffrey Epstein would have been so extraordinarily compelling to her.”
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“You really don’t have to put up with this,” a good friend mentioned to Maxwell afterwards, in keeping with Ward.

Maxwell’s response? “Yes, I do. My father taught me you do whatever it takes to keep your man.”

Today, Maxwell, 59, stands accused in an eight-count indictment of procuring underage ladies for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004. She’s pleaded not responsible and has been locked up in a Brooklyn jail since her arrest in the summertime of 2020. (Epstein died by obvious suicide in 2019 at age 66 contained in the Metropolitan Correctional Facility. At the time, he was accused of sexually abusing dozens of younger ladies in his Upper East Side townhouse and waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005.)

Opening statements in Maxwell’s high-profile NYC trial are scheduled to start on Nov. 29.

Many of the socialite’s outdated buddies are nonetheless in disbelief over her staggering fall from grace. “Many of Ghislaine’s British friends told me privately they’re stunned: Where had the clever, glittering, Oxford-educated woman they’d known gone?” Ward asks within the documentary.


Ghislaine Maxwell, seen here sitting next to her father, Robert Maxwell, was considered the favorite among the disgraced mogul's nine children.
Ghislaine Maxwell, seen right here sitting subsequent to her father, Robert Maxwell, in 1984, was thought-about the favourite among the many disgraced mogul’s 9 youngsters.
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Ghislaine was the youngest of 9 youngsters born to Betty and Robert Maxwell, a strong UK media mogul and rumored Mossad spy who grew up in poverty in Czechoslovakia.

“The guy in many ways was a monster,” Robert Maxwell biographer Martin Dillon says within the documentary.

Maxwell was infamous for his ruthless bullying each in enterprise and at dwelling. Still, the charming, ebullient and educated Ghislaine was his favourite of all the youngsters — and he or she idolized him in return. She was often seen by his facet at occasions, his beleaguered spouse nowhere in view.

“Ghislaine was his darling,” Dillon says. “A lot of girls love their fathers, even though they’re villains. And he was a villain.”

Ghislaine Maxwell clutching a photo of her father, Robert Maxwell, a media mogul who allegedly stole hundreds of millions of dollars from his own employees' pensions.
Ghislaine Maxwell clutching a photograph of her father, Robert Maxwell, a media mogul who allegedly stole tons of of tens of millions of {dollars} from his personal workers’ pensions.
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At age 22, she was given the title of director of her father’s soccer crew Oxford United. She went on to work for his Mirror Group newspapers in numerous positions, heading to NYC to ascertain relationships when he purchased the Daily News in 1991. The titan even named his 190-foot-long yacht “Lady Ghislaine.”

And so, when her father died yachting off the Canary Islands in 1991 at age 68 below mysterious circumstances, the 29-year-old Ghislaine was crushed.

Maxwell’s sudden dying uncovered intensive fraud, with the titan having looted tons of of tens of millions of {dollars} from his employees’ pension fund.

Though his dying was in the end dominated an accident, it triggered wild hypothesis, together with that he was murdered by Israeli intelligence, in keeping with the doc.

It was Ghislaine’s father who first launched her to Epstein, a Coney Island-bred school dropout turned math instructor with equally humble roots.

In the documentary, former arms vendor Ari Ben-Menashe claims that the elder Maxwell introduced Epstein to Israel within the ’80s to blackmail individuals for the Jewish state.

Epstein’s M.O., in keeping with Ben-Menashe, was taping targets having intercourse with younger ladies. “Underage girls was his forte,” says Ben-Menashe.

Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell in 2005.
Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and alleged confederate Ghislaine Maxwell in 2005.
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“Did Jeffrey develop an interest in underage girls because of a blackmail campaign, or did he come up with the blackmail idea because of his own interests?” contemplated Ward, who interviewed Epstein day by day for six months in 2002 prematurely of a Vanity Fair profile of the rising financier whose high-flying mates included Bill Clinton.

While it’s believed the elder Maxwell hoped his daughter and his in-the-shadows ally Epstein would hook up romantically, he wouldn’t live lengthy sufficient to see it.

“I think Robert wanted him as a son-in-law,” says Syrian banker Amer Pacha within the documentary, including that by the ’80s, Epstein had cultivated a popularity for cash laundering.


After her father’s dying, Maxwell tried to restart her life in New York City, the place her relationship with Epstein grew. The pair started courting and hitting the social circuit.

“It was clear she was besotted and in love with him, but it’s not at all clear to me or my sources that he was ever in love or besotted with Ghislaine,” Ward instructed The Post.

During the 2002 interview, Epstein instructed Ward, “I search for the best and brightest. Ghislaine is the best at what I need.”

In the documentary, former Maxwell good friend Christopher Mason remembers a 1992 social gathering that Maxwell gave for her mom on the former Iranian consulate in New York the place he heard some disturbing rumors about Ghislaine “introducing [Epstein] to these young women.”

“She’s finding these girls that he’s flirting with and spending time with. And there was kind of disbelief,” he mentioned. “If this is the guy she was dating, why the hell would she be finding young girls for him?”

Maxwell appeared to be slavish to each one in all Epstein’s whims, fulfilling each menial process with the frenetic zeal of an over-anxious intern.

Mason remembers Epstein phoning Maxwell complaining of a chilly, sending her right into a tizzy to search out the very best rooster soup in NYC.

Maxwell, who's set to stand trial on November 29, is accused in a six-count indictment of procuring underage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004.
Maxwell, who’s set to face trial on Nov. 29, is accused in a six-count indictment of procuring underage ladies for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004.
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“Isn’t that weird? Why is this suddenly the most important thing on [her] agenda that must be accomplished immediately to satisfy and please Jeffrey Epstein?” mentioned Mason.

Ward instructed The Post that Epstein would “humiliate” Maxwell, generally in public, identical to her father with whom she was “obsessed.”

“You see how her definition and idea of the ultimate, most desirable male figure is this powerful, brutal, charming man,” Ward mentioned.

And the safety she bought in return — that of nice wealth — was in reality an phantasm, Ward mentioned.

“It’s a facade that isn’t essentially primarily based in actuality. The trappings on the finish of the day — the cash, the aircraft, the boats, all of it — in every case, belong to the male. She can play girl of the manor, however that’s all it’s — it’s a efficiency. [Her position] is totally depending on currying favor with the person.

“Both men’s fortunes were based on mirages,” she added.


Journalist Vicky Ward first interviewed Jeffrey Epstein in 2002, and is releasing never-before-heard audio of the sex offender.
Journalist Vicky Ward first interviewed Jeffrey Epstein in 2002, and is releasing never-before-heard audio of the intercourse offender.
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“She commanded a certain level of not respect, but almost fear,” an nameless former assistant to Maxwell says within the doc. “Her job was described to me as — Jeffrey had all the cash and not one of the old-money connections. Ghislaine had the identify and not one of the cash, so it was a really symbiotic relationship.

“But it seemed to me that Ghislaine was at Jeffrey’s beck and call. I think she needed him for more than just the money.”

The assistant mentioned that Maxwell confided in her concerning the nature of their relationship. “They had clearly an open relationship and that they enjoyed the company of other women. But she seemed almost sad. It isn’t what she wanted … It appeared to me she wanted more than he was willing to give.”

There’s a stunning second within the doc when audio is performed from Ward’s 2002 interviews with the financier. As the reporter asks about Maxwell’s duties — getting artwork, organising appointments — he responds, unprompted: “She doesn’t find girls for me, by the way.”

To which Ward solutions: “I didn’t ask you that.”

Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz, here in middle, claimed that the predator raped her when she was 15.
Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz (heart) claims that the predator raped her when she was 15.
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Now, with Maxwell’s trial set to start, the query stays: Will she proceed to guard Epstein, simply as she did with her dad?

“It doesn’t end with her — there are a lot of other people to blame,” says Jennifer Araoz, who accused Epstein of raping her when she was 15, within the doc. Araoz has individually sued Epstein’s property and Maxwell, claiming that Maxwell “oversaw” the billionaire’s “process.”

Araoz’s lawyer, Eric Lerner, says within the doc: “One of the reasons the focus is on Ghislaine is because she has knowledge of that web. But it seems like there’s a lot of powerful men around Jeffrey Epstein who are part of this web who don’t appear to be part of any investigation right now.”

Whether Epstein’s many victims will see justice stays to be seen — they definitely gained’t from the person himself.

As Ward places it: “As Robert Maxwell’s victims felt cheated when he died in 1991, so too did Epstein’s — 30 years later.”

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