Ghislaine Maxwell ‘covered under immunity clause’ says SarnoffMs Maxwell is currently behind bars in New York, having been arrested on charges rela
Ghislaine Maxwell ‘covered under immunity clause’ says Sarnoff
Ms Maxwell is currently behind bars in New York, having been arrested on charges relating to her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein in the summer. Epstein — already a convicted sex offender — was charged for sex trafficking the previous year, but killed himself in jail before his trial. British socialite Ms Maxwell appeared to go into hiding after his arrest, but was discovered by the FBI in their ongoing investigation into a potential international sex trafficking ring, supposedly led by Epstein.
The case has attracted worldwide attention because Ms Maxwell and her longtime associate ran with high-society.
In an attempt to understand Ms Maxwell and how the socialite found herself embroiled in an international scandal, a new podcast called, ‘Power: The Maxwells’ examined her family background — and her father, who saw her as his favourite child.
Robert Maxwell was a famous media mogul and former MP.
His sudden and mysterious death in 1991 left a mountain of debt to be shouldered by his children, despite his attempts to illegally siphon off money from his employees’ pension pots to balance his accounts.
Mr Maxwell was born in Czechoslovakia into poverty, and only had three years’ primary education.
Ghislaine Maxwell and her father Robert Maxwell
Ghislaine is awaiting trial on charges relating to her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein
He was just 15 when he travelled to Budapest without his family, as Nazi Germany began its occupation of Czechoslovakia — most of his relatives died in the Holocaust.
In 1940, he arrived in the UK and later claimed he picked up the language within “six to eight weeks”.
His birth name was Abraham Hoch, but his family also registered a Czech name for him, Jan Ludwig, according to investigative journalist Tara Palmeri.
She explained: “From a young age, Maxwell had big ambitions and he was already thinking of reinventions.
“When he was about 20 years old, he gave himself another new name.
“While smoking a pack of cigarettes, he noticed they were called ‘Demoria’.
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“He liked the sound of it, and he became Leslie Demoria.
“Later, he adopted the more British-sounding Leslie Jones, before settling on Ian Robert Maxwell.
“He said it sounded like ‘a good Scottish name’.”
The journalist remarked: “This chapter in his life sounds unbelievable.”
Yet, former editor of the Mirror and biographer, Roy Greenslade, explained that he believed the turbulent story of Mr Maxwell’s past is true.
He said: “I’ve spoken at length to his nephew, way back, and he could basically correlate what Maxwell had said.”
In 1941, Mr Maxwell joined the Army and was quickly promoted to captain, even earning the military cross for his bravery in World War 2.
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Mr Greenslade noted: “Look, when your family has been wiped out or disappeared, and it seems like there’s nothing to live for, you are willing to go that extra mile.”
He then married a Frenchwoman, Elisabeth — Ghislaine’s mother. She later described her husband as a “wonderful monster”.
Mr Maxwell subsequently began a successful business called Pergamon Press, which grew into an international firm by releasing scientific and medical books.
It paved the way for Mr Maxwell to become the publishing magnate he is remembered as today — although some reports suggest it was just the first stepping stone in his elaborate plan for more power.
Ms Palmeri explained: “He loved it — but he wasn’t entirely fulfilled.”
He told his wife that his dream was to become Britain’s Prime Minister.
Mr Maxwell ran to be a Labour MP, and won by a slim margin on his second attempt in 1964, although he proved to be an unremarkable addition to Westminster.
Ms Palmeri continued: “He believed a career in politics could only boost his business empire.”
Indeed, his FBI file claimed that Mr Maxwell told an associate of his ambitions for Downing Street — the informant then told US authorities that the media mogul had appeared to be “sincere and nuts” with a “pathological amount of ambition”.
Maxwell had far-reaching ambitions for his career
The two were reportedly having drinks in Mr Maxwell’s apartment in 1956 when the businessman said he also aspired to create a “monumental work on economic philosophy”.
He claimed it would be “anti-Marx but will have the same lasting influence as the works of Marx”.
He was recorded as saying: “The world needs a new philosophy, now that Marx and other isms have proved a failure.”
Even so, he became a giant within the business sector after buying the Mirror and trying to establish his influences in high society circles.
He ended up securing work for his favourite daughter Ghislaine through his own contacts.
He both doted on her — even naming his luxury yacht The Lady Ghislaine — and bullied her, according to insiders.
One of Mr Maxwell’s former employees recalled how the father and daughter used to have phone calls where they would just “meow” like cats at one another.
Historian and biographer Tom Bower wrote in The Sun: “She is the daughter of a crook who could end up spending the later years of her life sharing a cell with crooks.
“Both pampered and tyrannised by Maxwell, the only men she could love and live with were the rich, powerful and domineering — and that drew her to Epstein.”
Power: The Maxwells is available on all podcast providers.