Lawyers for paedophile ring trafficker and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell have claimed she was on IRA hit list.
Maxwell, 60, daughter of deceased press baron Robert Maxwell, was convicted late last year of recruiting and grooming young girls to be sexually abused by her paedophile ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.
Her lawyers claim she went into hiding from July 2019, when Epstein was arrested, until she was caught in 2020, because she’d received death threats.
In legal documents prepared for her sentencing next week her team claim, that this was not her first death threat.
They told New York Judge Alison Nathan that Ghislaine Maxwell was on an IRA hit list when her father was an MP in the late 1960s.
Lawyers for paedophile ring trafficker and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell (pictured in photo released in court filing) have claimed she was on IRA hit list
Maxwell, 60, daughter of deceased press baron Robert Maxwell, was convicted late last year of recruiting and grooming young girls to be sexually abused by her paedophile ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein (pictured together the socialite and pedophile)
Lawyers told New York Judge Alison Nathan that Ghislaine Maxwell was on an IRA hit list when her father was an MP (pictured: Robert Maxwell at a party in 1990 on his yacht with daughter Ghislaine and wife Elisabeth) in the late 1960s
Lawyers told the court: ‘Decades earlier, when Ms Maxwell was just a child and her father was a Member of Parliament, UK authorities found a hit list of potential targets in a safehouse used by the Irish Republican Army.
Her team, according to the Belfast Telegraph, added: ‘Ms Maxwell’s name was first on the list.’
Robert Maxwell, who was born as Jan Hoch in what is now Czech Republic, escaped Nazi occupation and joined the British Army where he won the Military Cross.
After the war, he became a British citizen, started Pergamon Press and was the Labour MP for Buckingham from 1964 to 1970.
The Troubles – the name given to the conflict in Northern Ireland which lasted from the late 1960s to 1998 and reached its height in 1972 – would see four MPs killed by republican paramilitary groups.
The Provisional IRA was responsible for the murders of Ulster Unionist Robert Bradford in 1981, Conservative Sir Anthony Berry in the 1984 Brighton bombing and Tory Ian Gow in 1990.
Another group, the Irish National Liberation Army, killed Tory Northern Ireland secretary Airey Neave in 1979 after a car bomb exploded at the House of Commons.
Ghislaine was also known as ‘the favourite’ of her disgraced father, who named his yacht the Lady Ghislaine and raided £460million from his own companies’ pension funds.
A filing to the court also 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.
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
Maxwell is being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where her lawyers claim one inmate plotted to strangle the sex abuser in her sleep in return for cash
‘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,’ her lawyers said.
‘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.”’
Her lawyers have previously submitted documents to the court saying she was vulnerable to Epstein due to her traumatic childhood in a plea for leniency
As the ‘favourite’ daughter of disgraced newspaper baron Robert, Ghislaine boasted an impeccable network of contacts. The father and daughter are pictured in 1984
In a brief filed last week, Maxwell’s lawyers urged Judge Nathan to sentence the disgraced British socialite to four years, less than the probation department’s recommended 20 years.
A jury found her guilty on five of six counts, the most serious for sex trafficking minors, in December.
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.
Her sentence is to be handed down on June 28 in Manhattan’s federal court.
‘This Court cannot sentence Ms. Maxwell as if she were a proxy for Epstein simply because Epstein is no longer here,’ her lawyers wrote. ‘Ms. Maxwell cannot and should not bear all the punishment for which Epstein should have been held responsible.’
The lawyers emphasized Maxwell’s emotional wounds, saying that ‘she had a difficult, traumatic childhood with an overbearing, narcissistic, and demanding father.’
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
‘It made her vulnerable to Epstein, whom she met right after her father’s death,’ the lawyers said.
‘It is the biggest mistake she made in her life and one that she has not and never will repeat.’
The financier hanged himself in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial in 2019 and attention turned to Maxwell who became his replacement, the document also claims.
It was 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.
The filing 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, 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 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’.
Maxwell’s latest filing also told of how her marriage to tech tycoon Scott Borgerson, pictured, crumbled in the wake of 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 filing also claims, the sentence of 51-63 months was appropriate as Maxwell has never been accused of any sex offences—or any crimes, for that matter—in the almost 20-year period since the conduct at issue in this case ended.
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.’
It states: ‘Sadly, the marriage could not survive the negative impact of this case nor a husband’s association with his dishonored wife.’
Representatives for Caroline Kaufman want the Duke of York to provide a statement as a potential witness to events in Jeffrey Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse during his visit, when he was pictured inside the building
The interior of Robert Maxwell’s home, Headington Hall, before its contents were sold at auction. Seen above is the tycoon’s dining table, which was tipped to sell for up to £15,000
Oxford-educated Maxwell grew up in wealth and privilege as a friend to royalty.
Her circle included Britain’s Prince Andrew, former US president and real estate baron Donald Trump and the Clinton family.
Prosecutors in her trial said Maxwell was ‘the key’ to Epstein’s scheme of enticing young girls to give him massages, during which he would sexually abuse them.
Epstein killed himself in 2019 while awaiting his own sex crimes trial in New York.
In February, Prince Andrew settled a sexual abuse lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre, who said she had been trafficked to the royal by Epstein and Maxwell.
Representatives for another alleged victim of Epstein Caroline Kaufman said last week that Andrew was visiting Epstein’s home in New York on the night she claims she was raped by the paedophile financier in December 2010.
They want the Duke of York to provide a statement as a potential witness to events in the Upper East Side townhouse during his visit, when he was pictured inside the building.
The civil lawsuit does not accuse the duke of any wrongdoing or allege that he was aware of any attack on Miss Kaufman, who was 17 at the time.
A spokesman for the Duke of York declined to comment.