'Jeffrey Epstein & Prince Andrew: The True Story': Ghislaine Maxwell wanted to marry Epstein, reveals friend

Being in a vulnerable place after her father's death in 1991, Maxwell moved to New York. She then began her relationship with Epstein, a wealthy and influential financier


                            'Jeffrey Epstein & Prince Andrew: The True Story': Ghislaine Maxwell wanted to marry Epstein, reveals friend
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After the Jeffrey Epstein scandal broke last year, a lot of powerful and famous names kept coming up in connection to being Epstein's associates. However, there was one name, in particular that was in the eye of the storm - that of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. A former acquaintance of both Maxwell and Epstein has now said that she had actually been in love with him. 

The daughter of newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, came into the spotlight in 1991 after he died from a fall off his yacht under mysterious circumstances. After his death, huge discrepancies in his companies' finances were revealed. Being in a vulnerable place after his death, she moved to New York. She then began her relationship with Epstein, a wealthy and influential financier. Although little is known about their relationship, Conchita Sarnoff, a former acquaintance of Maxwell and Epstein has said in a new documentary that she was quite taken by him. 

Robert Maxwell and his daughter Ghislaine watch the Oxford v Brighton football match, 13th October 1984. (Photo by Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

"I didn't see Epstein in love with Ghislaine at all but I did sense that Ghislaine loved Epstein," Sarnoff has revealed in Reelz' 'Jeffrey Epstein & Prince Andrew: The True Story'. Maxwell took their relationship quite seriously too, she said. "Ghislaine actually told me that she had wanted to marry Epstein. I know directly from her that she was in love."

Sarnoff further added, "She was totally unprotected after her father passed away and Epstein came to her rescue so I think Ghislaine saw Epstein as a father figure in a way. It seemed like there wasn't any physical warmth between them," she said.  

From left, American real estate developer Donald Trump and his girlfriend (and future wife), former model Melania Knauss, financier (and future convicted sex offender) Jeffrey Epstein, and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pose together at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2000. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)

Maxwell remained associated with Epstein for many years even after their romantic relationship ended. In a 2009 deposition, Epstein's household employees testified that Maxwell was Epstein's "main girlfriend" and a major part of his public and private life.  Maxwell has also been associated and photographed with Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

Australian activist and the most prominent alleged victim of Epstein's sex trafficking ring Virginia Roberts Guiffre has said that it was Maxwell who recruited her at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach Florida and groomed her for Epstein. Maria Farmer, another alleged victim has said that Maxwell molested her and her 15-year-old sister along with Epstein.

'Jeffrey Epstein & Prince Andrew: The True Story' premieres on Saturday, January 25 at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.

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