Ghislaine Maxwell’s list of 301 Britons in her little black book under FBI scrutiny
Ghislaine Maxwell’s list of more than 300 UK associates is to be reviewed after US prosecutors pledge to prosecute anyone involved in her ‘abuse pyramid scheme’.
The names in the ‘little black book’ she built with her sex offender lover Jeffrey Epstein include some of the UK’s most high-profile figures, including their friend Prince Andrew.
There are no allegations of wrongdoing against the people listed in the directory, with the FBI considering them potential witnesses “unless the evidence leads them elsewhere”.
A source told the Mirror: “While Epstein brought the money, Maxwell brought the contacts.
“She opened up a world to her then lover that he could only have dreamed of.
“Epstein was socially awkward. Some say inept. It didn’t mix well.
“But with Maxwell by her side, she gave her cover and credibility with the rich and famous.
“He was accepted into their world not because of the money but because of her.
“She provided most of the numbers in their book.
“Prosecutors in the United States have already made countless mistakes when it comes to Maxwell and Epstein. FBI Director Christopher Wray has sworn that those who committed a crime with them will not escape justice under his monitoring.
During Maxwell’s four-week trial in New York, the book containing the names and addresses of nearly 2,000 world leaders, athletes, royalty, celebrities and alleged victims was kept secret.
The contacts it contained allowed Maxwell and Epstein to flourish in the most elite circles of the world.
For decades, important, influential and serious people have attended their dinner parties, taken his “Lolita Express” private jet and reinforced the fiction that they were New York’s power couple.
During her trial, however, the disgraced socialite’s defense attorneys agreed with prosecutors not to release the 97-page directory to the public.
But it was made available in a previous civil case involving Andrew’s rape accuser, Virginia Giuffre. The book contained contact details for famous friends of Maxwell and Epstein, including the Duke and former US leader Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, but was only mentioned sporadically during his sex trafficking trial.
The former presidents and the prince, as well as others mentioned in the yearbook, have denied all accusations that they were involved in alleged sexual abuse.
Following Maxwell’s sentencing on Wednesday, US attorney Damian Williams made a particular reference to ‘powerful and well-connected’, saying his team would not stop until all those guilty of an offense were brought to justice. in justice.
“This Office will always stand with victims, will always follow the facts wherever they lead, and will always fight to ensure that no one, no matter how powerful or connected, is above the law,” he said. he declared.
Some legal experts believe Maxwell, who faces up to 65 years in prison when sentenced early next year, believes she could start naming names as part of a deal to reduce her time behind bars.
However, the victims have told their lawyers they will be furious if such a deal is negotiated as they want her to serve as much time as possible.
Previously, the FBI compiled a 2,000-page dossier on Andrew’s cronies, Epstein and Maxwell.
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The so-called Little Black Book contained 301 Britons listing more than 1,000 numbers and dozens of email addresses between them.
They included countless celebrities including Mick Jagger, Simon Le Bon, Phil Collins, the late Sir David Frost, Richard Branson, Naomi Campbell, Tamara Beckwith, Jonathan Dimbleby, Lloyd Grossman and many Lords and Ladies.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is registered once, while his former minister Lord Peter Mandelson has ten numbers, one marked ‘direct line’, one marked ‘home’ and one marked ‘country house’.
Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, is also present.
There are 16 separate phone numbers for Prince Andrew, including a mobile number, one marked ex-palace directory, one for Balmoral, the Queen’s private retreat in Scotland where the prince invited Epstein, and one marked Sand , which appears to be Sandringham, the other royal retreat where he stayed.
Details of the book came out in court papers following Virginia Giuffre’s litigation against Maxwell in their civil libel case, although it was published in the media before that.
Epstein also saved 18 numbers for Sarah Ferguson, who withdrew £15,000 from the pedophile to help pay off his debts.
Other global names include Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, magician David Blaine, Bill Cosby, Rupert Murdoch and singer Courtney Love.
There is no suggestion that the presence of the names means any of them in the book are accused of any form of wrongdoing or have met Maxwell, 60, and Epstein in person.
A Briton named in the yearbook during Maxwell’s trial has been identified as taking part in ‘sexualized massages’ involving underage girls at Epstein’s Florida mansion – but there has been no suggestion it was the one of the named celebrities or politicians.
A witness testifying under the pseudonym Jane recounted how Maxwell and Epstein abused her from the age of 14.
She said she was forced into a series of ‘sexualised massages’ involving adults, naming the Briton as one of the participants.
Fears over Maxwell and Epstein’s overseas offense have led US officials to explore their hundreds of UK ties, including Andrew.
Maxwell’s conviction put further pressure on the Duke to speak with the FBI after he claimed he had previously refused to do so.
Since discussing his alleged silence, Giuffre has brought charges against the Duke, 61, accusing him of sexual abuse and rape.
She filed a lawsuit in New York and seeks unspecified damages.
In August, Giuffre, 38, sued father-of-two Andrew, claiming she was forced to have sex with him at Maxwell’s home in London.
She also claims he abused her at the billionaire’s homes in Manhattan and the US Virgin Islands.
Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, ‘unequivocally’ denied Giuffre’s claims and accused her of seeking ‘another paycheck’ in her bid to cash in on her association with Epstein, who she says is the also mistreated.
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Andrew’s attorneys are due to argue against Giuffre’s lawsuit on Tuesday, before U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan.
This week the Duke made another attempt to have the case thrown out, arguing that Giuffre lives in Australia and he lives in the UK, the US has no jurisdiction over either party.
It came after the prince launched another aggressive legal bid earlier this month to have the lawsuit thrown out, calling it “unintelligible” and deliberately vague.
The royal went further in his motion to have the case thrown out, arguing that the law that allowed him to sue in America was “unconstitutional”.
His legal team argued he was barred from being sued under a 2009 financial agreement Giuffre made with Epstein, which barred him from suing the financier’s associates.
Details of the deal she reached with Epstein are to be made public by the courts on Monday.
Epstein, 66, killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.