Found! Ghislaine Maxwell is spotted tucking into a burger and fries at an In-N-Out burger joint in Los Angeles in first photos since billionaire pedophile ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein’s death
Ghislaine Maxwell has been seen in public for the first time since close friend Jeffrey Epstein apparently committed suicide while he was awaiting trial for sex crimes.
The British socialite, 57, was photographed eating at an In-N-Out burger restaurant in Los Angeles on Monday while reading a book entitled ‘The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives.’
When confronted, she replied: ‘Well, I guess this is the last time I’ll be eating here!’
Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who once sat at the center of Jeffrey Epstein’s social circle, was spotted at an In-N-Out restaurant in Los Angeles on Monday
Confronted by photographers at this branch of the burger chain, Maxwell replied: ‘Well, I guess this is the last time I’ll be eating here!’
Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell pictured in 2005. The British socialite, the youngest child of the late newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell, facilitated Epstein’s entry to the rarefied worlds of royalty, politics and celebrity
Maxwell has previously been accused in court papers of helping to procure underage girls for Epstein to abuse – claims that she has denied.
The photos were first published by the New York Post, which said one diner went up and spoke to Maxwell as she ate alongside her pet dog.
‘Are you who I think you are?’ the diner allegedly said. She replied, ‘Yes, I am.’
Before these images emerged, Maxwell had not been seen in public since 2016.
Ghislaine, daughter of notorious media mogul Robert Maxwell, is thought to have met Epstein some time in the early 1990s and was linked to him romantically in 1992.
The pair dated for some time before settling into a close friendship and she was known to be part of his inner circle for decades.
She is the link between Epstein and members of British high society, including Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson, as well as celebrities such as Donald Trump and Woody Allen and world leaders, including Bill Clinton and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
However, she distanced herself from Epstein as claims he abused underage women first began to emerge in the mid-2000s.
When some of Epstein’s alleged victims sued the pedophile following his 2008 plea deal that saw him escape serious jail time, Maxwell was accused of helping him procure some underage girls to abuse.
Donald Trump and then-girlfriend Melania pictured with Epstein and Maxwell in 2000
Virginia Giuffre – then known as Virginia Roberts – photographed with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell in early 2001
Virginia Giuffre – then known as Virginia Roberts – said in court papers that she met Maxwell at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago club in 2000 where the Briton recruited her to be Epstein’s sex slave.
Maxwell denied the allegation and the lawsuit was ultimately settled out of court, with Giuffre’s remarks struck from the record by a judge.
However, it is thought that the FBI are again interested in questioning Maxwell after Epstein died in his jail cell on August 10 in New York.
Maxwell has been laying low in recent montths, holed up in a $3million New England mansion owned by tech CEO Scott Borgerson, 43. A source told DailyMail.com that the pair are currently in a relationship.
‘She’s become a real homebody, rarely ventures out. She’s the antithesis of the woman who traveled extensively and partied constantly with Epstein,’ a source familiar with Maxwell’s new life exclusively told DailyMail.com.
Another source close to Borgerson’s family claimed that he left wife Rebecca and their two young children for Maxwell five years ago.
‘Rebecca and Scott seemed like a really nice couple. But as time went on, he was very preoccupied and would be on his cell phone a lot, presumably on business calls. He was away a lot for work.’
Maxwell was holed up in a $3million New England mansion belonging to tech CEO Scott Borgerson before she was spotted in Los Angeles
Borgerson, 43, was said to be dating Maxwell but has since denied the pair are romantically involved, though would not comment on the status of their friendship
When the marriage finally crumbled in 2014, divorce records paint a disturbing picture of Borgerson, with accusations of him being physically violent, abusive, ‘extremely controlling’ and having an alcohol problem.
Borgerson, who married Rebecca in Palm Beach, Florida, in May 2001, once allegedly threatened her, saying: ‘Don’t make me beat you in front of the children.’
Borgerson is believed to have met Maxwell through speaking engagements connected to ocean preservation, a subject on which they share a passion.
They were pictured speaking at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik in 2014.
Around 2015, Borgerson told Rebecca he was going to London on business and he would send videos.
‘Rebecca watched a video of him and although he said he was going to be in London, he was actually in Miami with Ghislaine,’ the source said.
‘Rebecca was sitting there with her two young children watching this video of Scott and Ghislaine hugging and kissing.
‘Rebecca was devastated. Things quickly fell apart after that.
‘He moved out. As far as I understand, Rebecca had little financial support and she had to get a job as a caregiver.’
Ghislaine Maxwell, 37 at the time of the picture, left assistants taken aback by her ‘intensely sexual vibe’. In a photo shoot, Maxwell wore a red, white and blue bikini, beige heels and a beige vintage Christian Dior trench coat pulled back to show off her midriff
In the second photo Maxwell is preparing for the shoot and sits on a white fold up chair in the same bikini bottoms and a white bra. The photos were shot in 1999 by which time Maxwell and Epstein had allegedly begun recruiting dozens of underage girls to have sex with him
In a third photo, which was shot minutes earlier, Maxwell is sitting in the same chair wearing jeans and a bra and has a dog on her lap. According to one source, Maxwell brought along the Stars and Stripes bikini and suggested wearing it, telling those present how she ‘put dildos at each place setting’ at a dinner party she hosted for young girls
The source added: ‘How could you throw all that away, those wonderful children and wife, for a woman who is 14 years older than him and allegedly has a role in this whole Epstein business?’
Borgerson has denied that he and Maxwell are in a relationship, telling the Post that he is ‘home alone with my cat.’
Asked about the status of his relationship with Maxwell, he refused to comment.
Separately, photos have emerged of a 1999 photo shoot featuring Maxwell, then aged 37, of her wearing a stars and stripes bikini and Christian Dior trench coat.
The pictures were taken around the time that Maxwell was allegedly recruiting underage girls for Epstein.
Maxwell stands straight on to the camera as she shows off her slim figure in a shoot that left assistants taken aback by her ‘intensely sexual vibe’.
One said that she was ‘flirting with the camera’ and invited the photographer to take suggestive pictures of her while she was getting ready.
They were shot for a publication to promote Sotheby’s vintage fashion collection and featured dozens of New York society and party girls.
One source said that Maxwell brought along the Stars and Stripes bikini herself and suggested wearing it.
During the shoot Maxwell is said to have hinted at her alleged double life, telling those present how she ‘put dildos at each place setting’ at a dinner party she hosted for young girls.
She is also said to have laughed describing how one couple at the dinner ‘demonstrated how to do the perfect fellatio on a man for all at the table.’