Ghislaine Maxwell's Famous Acquaintances

The following article contains references to sexual abuse.

How the mighty fall. Seemingly overnight, Ghislaine Maxwell went from society gal sipping champagne with A-listers at lavish events to fugitive on the run. Jeffrey Epstein's closest confidante and right hand woman, Maxwell allegedly procured young girls for the financier to abuse, and apparently engaged in the illicit acts herself. In 2022, Maxwell was found guilty of sex trafficking and sentenced to 20 years in prison. As prosecutors argued, Maxwell used the veneer of being a "posh, smiling, respectable, age-appropriate woman" to groom victims, per The New Yorker. Now that the world knows who Maxwell really is, those who were once associated with her cower in fear of their alleged indiscretions getting exposed, or being accused of guilt by association (most, however, outright deny any knowledge of her manifold wrongdoings).

Numerous stars have been snapped mingling with Maxwell and, undoubtedly, posing next to the disgraced socialite does not make said celebs complicit — or, indeed, aware — of her crimes. Nevertheless, it seems unfathomable that just a few years ago the rich and famous were perfectly content to grin alongside someone who has since been categorized as a monster. The amount of stars who were drawn into Maxwell's orbit is truly staggering. As Grazia notes, "Ghislaine Maxwell appears to be one of the most connected women in the A-list world."

Politicians, rockstars, supermodels, and even members of the royal family once counted themselves among Maxwell's A-list connections. As these erstwhile associates seek to distance themselves from the convicted sex trafficker, let's uncover Ghislaine Maxwell's famous acquaintances.

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Donald Trump and Ghislaine Maxwell go way back

According to Vanity Fair, Ghislaine Maxwell first became acquainted with Donald Trump in the '80s through her father, disgraced businessman Robert Maxwell, then owner of the Daily Mirror newspaper group. Allegedly, the pair often attended hedonistic parties, as Trump became a fixture of Epstein's little black book. "[Trump] really likes her," Epstein's former colleague, Steven Hoffenberg, told Politico. "He was friendly with her father." In 2002, Trump told New York Magazine, "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy ... It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side."

When the disgraced socialite was arrested in 2020, Trump was one of the few people outside of the Maxwell family to express sympathy for her. "I just wish her well, frankly," he told reporters at a press conference (via NBC). Subsequently, Maxwell told The Sun that Trump's support meant everything to her. "I was very grateful when he wished me well after [the arrest]," she said. "He got bad media for it, but he dared, while others didn't. I was honored he remembered me."

From Trump's standpoint, it would appear that he lays the blame solely on Epstein, as opposed to Maxwell. Although he once claimed that Epstein was a great guy, he later changed his tune, branding him repugnant and even bolstering the conspiracy theory that the financier was murdered (possibly as a ploy to appease his many QAnon supporters), as The Washington Post notes.

Prince Andrew is a 'dear friend' of the socialite

One of Ghislaine Maxwell's closest friends, Prince Andrew first met the socialite when she was studying at Oxford University in the '80s, per BBC "Newsnight." The pair hit it off and were photographed together numerous times. In 1999, Prince Andrew flew with Maxwell on Epstein's private jet, per the Mirror, and would continue to do so on more occasions in 2000 and 2001. Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleged that Andrew abused her when she was a teenager, claimed that Maxwell orchestrated these encounters and also participated in the abuse: "Maxwell's role was as the 'madame.' She assumed a position of trust for all the girls ... She had sex with under age girls ­virtually every day I was around her." 

The following year, Maxwell and Epstein celebrated Andrew's birthday at Windsor Castle, per the Daily Mail. Also that year, Andrew attended a party at Maxwell's London home, where he was photographed with his arm around Giuffre in a now infamous snap. Andrew denied that he ever engaged in sexual misconduct. In his disastrous Newsnight interview in 2019, Andrew dissociated himself from Maxwell (though he did admit that he had last spoken to her earlier that year). "If there are questions that Ghislaine has to answer, that's her problem I'm afraid," he stated.

When Andrew sought to distance himself from her, Maxwell was distraught. "I accept that this friendship could not survive my conviction," she told The Sun. "He is paying such a price for the association. I consider him a dear friend. I care about him."

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Was Naomi Campbell Ghislaine Maxwell's BFF?

According to Jeffrey Epstein survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre, supermodel Naomi Campbell was Ghislaine Maxwell's best friend. Giuffre made the alarming claim in the documentary "Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich" (via CheatSheat). She repeated the allegations on Twitter, sharing a photo of herself when she was 17, alongside Maxwell and Campbell. "She was Maxwell's BFF- There is no way in hell that she didn't know what was happening in front of her own eyes," she wrote. "They [were] all aware of Epstein & Maxwell's op — didn't go at any length to hide it either." In a separate tweet, Giuffre claimed that Campbell, along with other Maxwell acquaintances, watched her get abused.

Indeed, Campbell was frequently photographed with the socialite and featured in Epstein's little black address book; Giuffre was even photographed with Maxwell at the model's 31st birthday party, per the Daily Mail.

However, Campbell vehemently denies that she was closely associated with Maxwell and Epstein. Responding to the Daily Mail's allegations, the supermodel posted a video on her YouTube channel, expressing her shock at the claims. "I'm not a saint ... But I will not be held hostage by my past," she said, insisting that she was unaware of Epstein and Maxwell's various crimes, and was never friends with the pair, having been introduced to them at the aforementioned 31st birthday party by an ex-boyfriend. "What he's done is indefensible," she added. "And when I'd heard of what he'd done, it sickened me to my stomach ... I stand with the victims."

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Christina Oxenberg was friend then foe to Ghislaine Maxwell

In the early '90s, writer Christina Oxenberg (who is a distant cousin of Prince Andrew) was one of Ghislaine Maxwell's many high profile acquaintances, but she has since shunned the socialite. Though she once knew Maxwell closely, and even asked if she could work with her on one occasion, Oxenberg has become one of the socialite's most vocal detractors.

In her book "Trash: Encounters with Ghislaine Maxwell," an excerpt of which was published by Avenue Magazine, Oxenberg describes Maxwell as an avaricious individual who sought celebrity clout at every corner. She blamed the unwritten rules of high society etiquette for the myriad photos circulating of herself posing with Maxwell, leading many to assume the duo were besties, which Oxenberg insists they were not. "I do not know of anyone in 2013 who remonstrated openly and refused to have their photograph taken with Ghislaine," she explained. "Of course, we all should have, and the social norms of New York polite society have a lot to answer for. But, things as they were, we would never have declined."

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Oxenberg said that she cooperated with the FBI during their investigation into Maxwell's sex trafficking. On one particularly unsettling occasion, Oxenberg recalled, Maxwell even confessed to her. "We were alone. She said many things," she recounted. "All creepy. Unorthodox. Strange. I could not believe whatever she was saying was real. Stuff like: 'Jeffrey and I have everyone on videotape!'"

Bill Clinton was reportedly super friendly with Ghislaine Maxwell

According to Politico, it was through Ghislaine Maxwell that Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton first became acquainted. Maxwell was friends with Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, and she reportedly then served as a mediator between the financier and the former president. "Ghislaine was the contact between Epstein and Clinton," an insider claimed. "She ended up being close to the family because she and Chelsea ended up becoming close." In fact, Maxwell was so close to Clinton that she attended Chelsea's wedding in 2010.

However, an investigation by Daily Beast revealed that her association with Clinton dates back to the '90s; documents show that Epstein and Maxwell attended multiple White House events when Clinton was in office. On numerous occasions, Clinton joined Maxwell and Epstein on the latter's private jet and island, per CNN. There are even claims, made in the book "A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise of Jeffrey Epstein, "that Clinton and Maxwell dated. Reps for the former president said that Clinton had no knowledge whatsoever of the pair's myriad sex crimes.

In a damning revelation, it appears that Clinton's friendship with Maxwell did not end once Epstein was exposed as a pedophile. In 2014, the pair got together for a secret dinner, as the Daily Beast disclosed in a separate report. "This is an intimate dinner with Clinton in L.A.," an insider said. "Think of all the people he knows in L.A., and Ghislaine gets to attend."

Kevin Spacey was tight with Ghislaine Maxwell

Kevin Spacey may have been found not liable in Anthony Rapp's sexual abuse lawsuit, but the actor continues to be dogged by his association with Ghislaine Maxwell. During his time with Maxwell, the Oscar-winner was treated like a king. Quite literally. A report by The Telegraph revealed that Maxwell and Spacey were invited to Buckingham Palace by Prince Andrew in 2002. There, they were photographed sitting on thrones reserved for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. "They were larking about on the thrones, doing regal waves," a source said. "Ghislaine sat on the Queen's throne with Spacey pretending to be the Duke of Edinburgh."

When the images of the pair surfaced, the brazen act was viewed as an affront to the Queen, seeing as the thrones are usually cordoned off with rope to protect them from visitors. "They are not something that anyone would be expected to sit in," People editor Michelle Tauber explained. "They are considered historic artifacts, so it's not something that would be in any way an appropriate use of the thrones regardless of who you are — unless you happen to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip."

In addition to day trips to Buckingham Palace, Spacey reportedly joined Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein on the latter's private plane. Testifying in Maxwell's 2021 trial, Epstein's pilot, Larry Visoski Jr., said that he flew Spacey on the plane that has been dubbed the "Lolita Express," per the New York Post. However, he claimed he never witnessed any illegal activity.

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Chris Tucker traveled with Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein

One of Ghislaine Maxwell's most surprising alleged confidantes is "Rush Hour" star Chris Tucker. At Maxwell's criminal trial, Jeffrey Epstein's pilot, Larry Visoski Jr., divulged that he'd flown Tucker on the dodgy millionaire's private jet, per The Guardian.

Tucker was listed on a flight log along with Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey, apparently for a charity excursion with Maxwell and Epstein, per The Sun. Photos obtained by the outlet show a seemingly elated Tucker grinning during the flight. When the plane landed, everyone on board got along swimmingly. "It was like I was at camp with the most unimaginable group of campers one could put together," Epstein survivor Chauntae Davies said of the trip. "Everybody cracked jokes at one another. Clinton was chiming in cracking jokes along with us, and we were all laughing and bonding over corny jokes."

Discussing his association with the socialite sex trafficker and pedophile financier, Tucker confessed to All Urban Central that he did indeed fly on Epstein's private jet, explaining that he was on a humanitarian trip to Africa. However, Tucker, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, insisted that he had no idea about the shady businessman's illegal activities. "You don't know people. What they do in their private lives ... We was going to Africa to save lives," he said, stating that he had never visited Epstein's notorious island on which much of the sexual abuse is alleged to have occurred.

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Mick Jagger allegedly engaged in debauchery on Jeffrey Epstein's plane

In a career spanning 60 years, Mick Jagger has socialized with more A-listers than he can likely remember. Somewhat inevitably for a rockstar of his caliber, he's been snapped partying with Ghislaine Maxwell, per Daily Beast. But the relationship between Maxwell and Jagger seems to date back to the early '90s. The website Dafydd Jones shows a young Maxwell mingling with Jagger and fashion guru Suzannah Constantine (of Trinny and Suzannah fame) in London back in 1991, which also happens to be the year Maxwell moved to New York, per The Guardian.

It is unclear how the pair first became acquaintances, but it would seem that, as with many other Epstein associates, Maxwell's social privilege enabled her to bring powerful people into the businessman's inner circle. As Vanity Fair notes, Jagger was among a multitude of celebrities featured in Epstein's little black book. "It is a mosaic of Epstein's social contacts," journalist Nick Bryant explained. 

As detailed in the book "A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise of Jeffrey Epstein" (via the Daily Mail), Jagger allegedly engaged in an orgy on Epstein's plane in 2002. The shady financier then apparently attempted to coax Bill Clinton into participating in the rock star's orgy, though he declined. This allegation has not been corroborated and Jagger has not commented on the nature of his relationship with Maxwell or Epstein. Like many other A-listers, he may have been sucked into their orbit without any knowledge of their nefarious deeds.

Alan Dershowitz allegedly supported Ghislaine Maxwell

Defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz is famed for representing unsavory individuals, such as Claus von Bülow, who was accused of leaving his wife in a vegetative state after allegedly injecting her with insulin, and O.J. Simpson, who was ultimately acquitted of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown. But of all the people he defended, the only client he regrets taking on is Jeffrey Epstein, whom he represented in the 2000s, per The New Yorker. Dershowitz claimed that Epstein lied to him about the extent of his sex abuse ring, admitting, "When I later learned the extent of this, I was shocked." However, there are suggestions that he was more deeply involved in the Epstein/Ghislaine Maxwell inner circle than he had let on. It has been alleged that Dershowitz had sexual encounters with young women whom Ghislaine Maxwell procured for Epstein, namely Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who also accused Prince Andrew of abuse.

During Maxwell's own criminal trial, she liaised with Dershowitz via email. In a leaked correspondence published by the Daily Mail, Dershowitz asked the socialite whether the infamous photo of Prince Andrew posing alongside Giuffre was authentic: "Dear G. Do you know whether the photo of Andrew and virginia is real? You are in the background." Maxwell replied, "It looks real. I think it is." Maxwell later told The Sun that she believed the photo was fake.

In 2022, The Times alleged that Dershowitz asked President Trump to pardon Maxwell, though he told Insider that the accusations are untrue.

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Andrew Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy were reportedly pally with Ghislaine Maxwell

Former New York governor Andrew Cuomo is another politician who has been linked to Ghislaine Maxwell. Christina Oxenberg, Maxwell's frenemy, claims in her book "Trash: Encounters With Ghislaine Maxwell" that the fallen socialite attended the wedding of Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, per The Sun. However, Oxenberg suggested that it was probably Kennedy, not Cuomo, who had invited Maxwell to the gathering. In fact, Oxenberg said that Kennedy and Maxwell were so close that she was one of a few elite guests who were invited to a private post-wedding luncheon. "And it was when the guests were all milling amiably before lunch and standing around between Hickory Hill House and the tent that I first met her," she recalled. "I was standing with my then-husband ... when Ghislaine sauntered over."

But Oxenberg insists that Cuomo was not complicit in abuse, despite his association with Maxwell. "I never saw AC behave inappropriately," she insisted. "If anything he was extremely unfriendly at Kennedy family events." Indeed, Cuomo called out Epstein, and those who sought to protect him, in 2020, tweeting, "No matter how rich, how big or how powerful an institution you are, predatory behavior of any kind will not be tolerated in New York." In spite of his impassioned tweets, Cuomo was one of numerous individuals listed in Epstein's little black book, and the governor has since faced a slew of sexual assault accusations himself, which he denies, per The New York Times.

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Peggy Siegal says she didn't know what the socialite was up to

Publicist Peggy Siegal has blamed her association with Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein for her reputation being tarnished. According to an exposé by The New York Times, she frequently socialized with Epstein and hosted him at lavish Hollywood parties (as a publicist, Siegel promoted numerous Oscar-winning films). Following Epstein's conviction for sex crimes in 2008, Siegal did not cease her friendship with him. "He said he'd served his time and assured me that he changed his ways," she said. And, as with most people who partied with Epstein, she inevitably partied with his right hand woman, Ghislaine Maxwell, too. As Town and Country notes, Siegal attended a soiree at Maxwell's home in 2007. When these revelations surfaced, Siegal was effectively canceled. 

In an interview with Vanity Fair, she expressed regret at ever being acquainted with the pair, but insisted that she was not complicit in the impropriety. Denouncing Maxwell, she suggested that she was guilty of nothing more than association with the socialite. "Where has the FBI hidden Ghislaine Maxwell?" she asked. "I have been destroyed, and Ghislaine Maxwell is probably on some island, sunbathing!" Moreover, Siegal claimed that she was being used as a scapegoat in the scandal, suggesting that sexism and antisemitism were responsible for the fierce backlash against her. "Life has come full circle," she lamented. "I've finally been attacked for nothing more than being Jewish, or being a woman, or being at the wrong place at the wrong time."

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