Ghislaine Maxwell is currently being held in a Brooklyn federal jail while awaiting trial next summer, for charges relating to her alleged complicity in the crimes of the late convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein. Yet in her former life as a British socialite and the girlfriend of the American financier, the couple operated in a glossy, high society world, living quite the jetset lifestyle. While some of their high-profile connections have already been scrutinised – with Prince Andrew and US President Donald Trump among those known to have been associated with the pair – the list of Maxwell’s famous friends runs on, as a new Instagram account is bringing to light.
With its first post dated 3 July, the day after Maxwell’s arrest, the account is simply titled @celebswithghislaine. While the bio section contains no additional information, the Instagram Story highlights reels document relevant articles, Tweets and comments. One, entitled ‘FYI’, relates: ‘Just to be clear: The purpose of this account is not to claim that every single person pictured with Ghislaine Maxwell is inherently complicit or guilty. It is simply showing her MANY connections to the rich and powerful over decades. Make of that what you will.’
And many there are. With most images concisely captioned ‘Ghislaine with…’, the first post shows ‘Ghislaine with Elon Musk’, before proceeding through a roster of names; from Prince Andrew, Donald and Melania Trump and Bill and Chelsea Clinton; to Naomi Campbell, Mick Jagger, Paris Hilton and Donald Duck. There are currently 58 posts in total, which also include archive video footage of Maxwell with Epstein and Trump at Mar-a-Lago in 1992, and clips from two recent television appearances in which Trump is asked about Maxwell.
In one, at a White House press conference, the President says of Maxwell: ‘I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach… But I wish her well, whatever it is.’ In a clip from a subsequent interview with Jonathan Swan in which he was questioned about these comments, Trump appears to entertain conspiracy theories about Epstein’s death in prison in August 2019, stating: ‘Was it suicide? Was he killed? And I do wish her well. I’m not looking for anything bad for her. I’m not looking for anything bad for anybody.’
In just over a month, the account has racked up 41.7k followers, with thousands staying tuned to see who might be next to have their name tied into the now less-than-desirable circle.
Maxwell denies wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her.
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