Ghislaine Maxwell used her connections to Bill Clinton in an effort to get herself a lower sentence for trafficking underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein.
The disgraced socialite pointed to her work for the former President’s philanthropic endeavors three times as she argued she should serve just four years in jail at her sentencing on June 28th.
Maxwell claimed that helping launch the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) demonstrated she has a ‘desire to do good in the world’.
Maxwell, 60, will be sentenced next Monday after she was found guilty of trafficking and sexually abusing underage girls last December.
She has asked to serve just four years and three months in jail when she is sentenced later this month – and claimed she is getting death threats in prison.
A photo from 2002 on the Africa trip shows Clinton standing on the steps of Epstein’s plane with his arm on the shoulder of a smiling Maxwell. Clinton flew on Epstein’s jet dozens of times including trips to Africa and Asia after he left office
DailyMail.com has obtained a photograph of a signed copy of Bill Clinton’s memoir. The former President wrote ‘To Ghislaine with love’ in blue marker in the front cover of ‘My Life’, said Maxwell’s former dog walker Rasmus Alpsjö
She also claimed that guards inside the prison where she is currently being held told her ‘there was concern she could be shot by a sniper’.
The explanation was supposedly the reason why she was held in such high security conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Her legal filings accuse prosecutors of ‘scapegoating’ Maxwell by making her a ‘proxy’ for the crimes of Epstein, who hanged himself while awaiting trial in 2019.
In her 77-page filing Maxwell references Maxwell’s ‘history of philanthropy, charitable work, and helping others namely her work with the Clinton Global Initiative’.
The filing states: ‘Ms. Maxwell has always worked hard. Her many educational, occupational, and avocational accomplishments include becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), a helicopter pilot, a submersible pilot, a banker; partnering with the Cleveland Clinic to establish a telemedicine platform to enable people in remote areas to obtain quality medical treatment; helping develop the Clinton Global Initiative; and supporting a variety non-profit and charitable organizations’.
In a later section the document states that Maxwell is not an ‘heiress, villain, or vapid socialite’.
Her lawyer wrote: ‘She has energy, drive, commitment, a strong work ethic, and desire to do good in the world.
‘She has supported friends and family through tough times and personal crisis and currently is assisting women in her unit at the MDC.
The friendly tone of the letter is one of the latest indications of how close Maxwell was with Clinton, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in relation to Epstein. Pictured in 1993
She has endeavored to contribute to society….(by) helping launch the Clinton Global Initiative’.
The claim puts renewed spotlight on the links between Maxwell, Epstein and Clinton.
Epstein claimed to have helped Clinton launch the CGI and the former President flew on his private jet – known as the ‘Lolita Express’ – dozens of times.
One photo taken as the jet was about to depart shows Maxwell standing with Clinton on the plane’s steps, the two smiling warmly.
The friendship between Epstein, Clinton and Maxwell dates back to the mid 1990s at least when they were all photographed together at the White House.
Clinton has denied any wrongdoing in relation to Epstein and said he never visited his private island in the Caribbean as some reports claimed.
The claim about Maxwell being targeted by a sniper was made during a section of the pre sentencing filing which talked about Maxwell’s treatment in the MDC while awaiting trial.
The document states: ‘The treatment imposed on Ms. Maxwell was unnecessarily and intentionally degrading and threatening.
‘While in isolation, a high-ranking prison guard told Ms. Maxwell that there was concern that she would be shot by a sniper. Putting aside the reason and propriety of dispensing this alarming information, the diminution of security concerns resulting in her transfer to general
population appears correlated to Ms. Maxwell having been sufficiently safeguarded to fill Epstein’s empty seat’.
In 2010 Maxwell attended the wedding of Clinton’s daughter Chelsea in Rhinebeck, upstate New York
The filing includes a number of letters from friends of Maxwell including Jeffrey Roth, the archivist at the New York Times.
He was seen during multiple pretrial hearings sitting with Maxwell’s family and sat on the front bench with her siblings during the trial.
He writes that he has known Maxwell for 50 years and finds her to be ‘forthright, kind, respectful’.
Maxwell should serve substantially less than the 50 year maximum sentence at the hearing on June 28, her lawyers claimed in court documents published Wednesday
They said that the higher sentence would be ‘absurd’ and that Maxwell does not present a ‘containing danger to the public’
The most recent known image of Ghislaine Maxwell, released by her lawyers in 2021. They’re now demanding she serves just four years behind bars for child sex abuse
The filing said that Maxwell’s ‘life has been ruined’ and an inmate in her prison said the extra 20 years in jail would be worth it for the ‘money’ they would get for killing her.
It also revealed that her marriage to tech tycoon Scott Borgerson, 46, had foundered as a result of the scandal and disgrace heaped upon her after she was arrested for child sex abuse.
And the filing detailed a letter sent to the court from Maxwell’s brother Philip and sister Anne. It said abuse she’d suffered at the hands of their newspaper tycoon father Robert Maxwell had ultimately left her ‘vulnerable’ and open to manipulation from her pedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.
Detailing the bloodcurdling threat allegedly made against the disgraced socialite, the filing said: ‘Recently, an inmate in Ms. Maxwell’s unit threatened to kill her, claiming that an additional 20 years’ incarceration would be worth the money she’d receive for murdering Ms. Maxwell.
‘On information and belief, one of the female inmates in Ms. Maxwell’s housing unit told at least three other inmates that she had been offered money to murder Ms. Maxwell and that she planned to strangle her in her sleep.
‘The inmate who made the threat has been moved to the SHU (special housing unit), presumably to protect Ms. Maxwell. This incident reflects the brutal reality that there are numerous prison inmates who would not hesitate to kill Ms. Maxwell – whether for money, fame, or simple “street cred.”’
Maxwell, 60, was convicted in December of recruiting and trafficking underage girls for the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Her sentencing was delayed while the court resolved questions over whether a juror unfairly influenced the jury by failing to disclose his history of sexual abuse.
A judge subsequently found he did not.
In their 77-page sentencing submission and 29-page legal argument, Maxwell’s lawyers said that she should not be made a ‘proxy’ for Epstein.
This sketch shows the moment Maxwell was convicted of four of the five counts she faces in December 2021. She will be sentenced on June 28
The financier hanged himself in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial in 2019 and attention turned to Maxwell who became his replacement, the document claims.
The filing states: ‘In sentencing Ms. Maxwell, the Court cannot be influenced by this inexorable drumbeat of public condemnation calling for her to be locked away for good.
‘The Court cannot heal the wounds caused by Epstein by heaping on Ms. Maxwell’s shoulders the pain of every one of his victims, the outrage of society, the public scorn of the community, and then driving her out of the community forever.
‘While that may assuage the public and give the perception that “justice was done,” that is not justice. That is scapegoating. Ms. Maxwell must be sentenced on the record before the Court and not these external pressures’
Arguing that Maxwell was treated far more harshly than any other suspect held in custody ahead of their trial, the filing claims her ‘life has been ruined.
It continues: ‘Ms. Maxwell cannot and should not bear all the punishment for which Epstein should have been held responsible. Ms. Maxwell has already experienced hard time during detention under conditions far more onerous and punitive than any experienced by a typical pretrial detainee, and she is preparing to spend significantly more time behind bars.
‘Her life has been ruined. Since Epstein’s death, her life has been threatened and death threats continue while she is incarcerated.1 It would be a travesty of justice for her to face a sentence that would have been appropriate for Epstein.
In seeking to explain Maxwell’s background, her lawyers blamed her conduct on her late father, the disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell who died in mysterious circumstances after falling off his yacht in 1991.
A letter from Philip and Anne Maxwell said: ‘Her relationship with Epstein began at a moment of extreme vulnerability. Ghislaine’s life after the tragic death of our father. He (our father) was a powerful and dominant figure.
Maxwell’s latest filing also told of how her marriage to tech tycoon Scott Borgerson, pictured, crumbled in the wake of child sex charges
Maxwell with her siblings – two of whom have since moved to defend her, and who continue to maintain her innocence
‘And as elder siblings we witnessed our father taking Ghislaine under his wing whereby she became over dependent on his approval and vulnerable to his frequent rapid mood swings, huge rages and rejections.
‘This led her to becoming very vulnerable to abusive and powerful men who would be able to take advantage of her innate good nature.’
The document stated that he would subject his children to verbal abuse every Sunday.
Robert Maxwell ‘would explode, threaten, and rant at the children until they were reduced to pulp. Mr. Maxwell was relentless, with children ending up in tears, punishments being doled out, and the whole family in utter distress’, the filing claims.
The document states: ‘Mr. Maxwell employed corporal punishment on his children. Ghislaine vividly recalls a time when, at age 13, she tacked a poster of a pony on the newly painted wall of her bedroom. Rather than mar the paint with tape, she carefully hammered a thin tack to mount the poster. This outraged her father, who took the hammer and banged on Ghislaine’s dominant hand, leaving it severely bruised and painful for weeks to come’.
The filing notes that Maxwell’s estranged husband Scott Borgerson was ‘besieged by media coverage and had lost his employment and professional relationships’.
It states: ‘Sadly, the marriage could not survive the negative impact of this case nor a husband’s association with his dishonored wife.’
Maxwell is pictured at an LGBT rights event in New York City in 2013. Her glitzy world came crashing down in summer 2020 after she was arrested in New Hampshire on child sex charges
Borgerson married Maxwell on Christmas Day 2016 – her 55th birthday – and dumped her during a heated phone call while she was in solitary confinement.
He has since moved on, and was reported to be seeing a yoga teacher mom-of-two called Kris McGinn earlier this year.
The sentence of 51-63 months was appropriate as Maxwell has never been accused of any sex offenses—or any crimes, for that matter—in the almost 20-year period since the conduct at issue in this case ended, the filing claims.
It states: ‘There is absolutely no evidence that Ms. Maxwell is attracted to minors or has the sort of uncontrollable impulses that would compel her to re-offend. According to the trial record, it was Epstein who had such proclivities, whereas Ms. Maxwell’s role was to facilitate Epstein’s sexual abuse.
‘Indeed, after she moved on from Epstein in the early 2000s, Ms. Maxwell was involved in two long-term relationships with men who had young children and was actively involved in their lives without even the slightest hint of impropriety. Most importantly, the government concedes that Ms. Maxwell is not a danger to the community.
‘The government never made that assertion in connection with Ms. Maxwell’s numerous bail applications and there is no evidence whatsoever to support such a claim. Put simply, Ms. Maxwell is not “dangerous” and there is no risk that Ms. Maxwell will ever “repeat” the offense.’