How sick Ghislaine Maxwell claims she was a victim of paedo Jeffrey Epstein after her brutal bully dad left her ‘vulnerable’

FROM her run-down New York jail cell, convicted child trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell still plays the victim.

The daughter of disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell will find out next week exactly how many more years she will face behind bars for her heinous crimes.

Ghislaine Maxwell plays the prison victim before her sentencing


Ghislaine Maxwell plays the prison victim before her sentencingPhoto credit: Getty
Maxwell faces 30 to 55 years in prison after being convicted of sex trafficking


Maxwell faces 30 to 55 years in prison after being convicted of sex traffickingPhoto credit: Rex

But Jeffrey Epstein’s twisted fixer is doing everything in his power to ensure her sentence doesn’t match the 30 to 55 years federal prosecutors gave the “shockingly predatory” Maxwell a judge Wednesday gave him.

As the clock draws closer to Tuesday’s sentencing, her attorneys have pleaded leniency.

They allege the 60-year-old was a vulnerable woman whose difficult childhood led to her being exploited by billionaire financier Epstein, who killed himself before he could be brought to justice.

They have gone out of their way to portray her as a victim and asked the judge not to punish her as a “stand-in for Epstein.”

“Ms. Maxwell cannot and should not bear the entire sentence for which Epstein should have been held responsible,” stressed her legal team, adding that she should only serve four years and three months.

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Her team also claim she is being held in “degrading” conditions at the harsh Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.

They allege that the former jet setter, with homes around the world, was constantly searched and had her privates touched, the lights in her cell were left on day and night, her food was “rancid” and the water in her cell was undrinkable.

Wild Blows

Lawyers added that “numerous inmates would not hesitate to kill Maxwell, whether for money, fame or ‘street credentials’.”

They said an inmate threatened to murder her and said an extra 20 years in prison “would be worth the money she would receive for Maxwell’s murder.”

But perhaps the most revealing claims relate to her father.

Maxwell now blames her childhood and dad Robert for her behavior


Maxwell now blames her childhood and dad Robert for her behaviorPhoto credit: Getty

Long after he was exposed as a useless crook, Daddy’s daughter Ghislaine refused to soil his memory.

Nearly a decade after it was revealed he’d plundered millions from a pension fund, the former Society beauty has described her father as “inspirational.”

Now her attorneys, in their fervent “sentencing memorandum,” characterized her childhood as one of neglect and abuse at the hands of her “narcissistic” father.

They say their brutal treatment by the media tycoon left them traumatized and vulnerable to manipulation by pedophile Epstein.

It had been claimed in court that Maxwell showed no remorse for her victims. But instead, her lawyers tried to mitigate this with claims that childhood anorexia and Ghislaine were an IRA target.

They created a narrative of a childhood riddled with emotional bullying interspersed with brutal beatings.

The document tells how her father hit her with a hammer when she was 13 after she “pinned a poster of a pony on the newly painted wall of her bedroom”.

Her lawyers stated: “This outraged her father, who took the hammer and struck Ghislaine’s dominant hand, seriously injuring her.”

Her lawyers cited a letter from her older siblings, Anne Halve and Philip Maxwell.

They said: “The effects on her of our father’s mentally abusive treatment suggested Epstein’s ability to exploit, manipulate and control her.”

They said her relationship with Epstein was “the biggest mistake of her life.”

Epstein hanged himself in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Last year, Maxwell was convicted on five counts, the most serious being child sex trafficking.

During her trial, jurors heard two women testify that they were 14 when Maxwell talked them into engaging in sexual activity with Epstein.

One told the court that Maxwell attended some of the encounters.

As prosecutors put it this week: “As part of a disturbing arrangement with Epstein, Maxwell identified, nurtured and abused multiple victims while enjoying lives of exceptional luxury and privilege.

“Maxwell left a permanent mark on her victims with emotional and psychological injuries. This damage can never be undone.”

The decrepit figure, who will be sentenced next week, will bear little resemblance to the beauty, whose eyes sparkled as she accompanied her father in a 1980s social whirlwind.

There was no doubt that the charming Ghislaine was the favorite of his nine children. Maxwell’s wife, Betty, said she was “spoiled. The only one of my children that I can really say that about.”

Robert Maxwell, born Jan Hoch in abject poverty in the former Czechoslovakia, was a refugee-turned-war hero who became a Labor MP and media tycoon.

As the owner of Mirror Group Newspapers and the New York Daily News, as well as Derby County and Oxford United football clubs, he squandered cash on private jets, helicopters and Rolls-Royces.

Former Mirror photographer Ken Lennox recalls that Maxwell and his daughter attended showbiz parties and football games together.

He said: “She was always there, clinging to him. She called him ‘my daddy’ the whole time.”

A remarkable recent revelation is that father and daughter were overheard engaging in a phone conversation in a series of mews.

Former Mirror Group secretary Carol Bragoli recounted how Ghislaine spent several minutes meowing over the speakerphone.

Gilded luxury

Carol revealed on the BBC documentary House Of Maxwell: “One day the front desk rang and said ‘It’s Ghislaine’ and he (her father) said ‘put her on’ and the next thing I heard was ‘meow’ , and he left. Meow, meow’ and she went ‘meow’.

“This went on for about ten meows and he suddenly said, ‘What are you doing?’ and she said ‘nothing’ and I was like ‘yeah, that’s right’.”

Her mansion at Headington Hill Hall in Oxford featured servants, limousines and gilded luxuries.

But according to a court report, life there had a traumatic edge.

Shortly after her birth, on Christmas Day 1961, her eldest brother Michael was in a coma at the age of 21 from which he would never wake up after a car accident.

A year later, heartbroken mother Betty embarked on a long journey across India and Australia, “leaving Ghislaine and her siblings, who were not yet at boarding school, at home in the care of a nanny.”

Her legal team said: “Ghislaine was hardly looked at and became anorexic from an early age.”

Maxwell’s attorneys also allege that she was a target for IRA terrorists in the late 1960s.

They said: “When Mrs Maxwell was a child and her father was an MP, British authorities found a hit list of targets in a safe house used by the Irish Republican Army.”

Her legal team added, “Ms Maxwell’s name was first on the list.”

They also shared how Maxwell even got involved in his daughter’s love life.

The memorandum added, “She embarked on her first romance only to sever the relationship because her father disapproved of her engagement.”

In November 1991, Robert Maxwell disappeared off the Canary Islands from his luxury yacht, Lady Ghislaine, named after his daughter.

His body was later found floating in the Atlantic.

Alone among her siblings, Ghislaine remained convinced he was murdered.

Even after he was exposed as one of the biggest criminals of the century – he stole £426m from the Mirror pension fund – she stood by him.

A year later, she said, “He wasn’t a crook. To me, a thief is someone who steals money. Do I think my father did this? No.”

Robert Maxwell’s biographer, Martin Dillon, said: “The guy was a monster in many ways. Ghislaine was his favorite. A lot of girls love their dads even though they’re bad guys. And he was a villain.”

And now the villain is Ghislaine Maxwell – one whose attempts to play the victim card will no doubt anger those abused by Epstein.

On Tuesday she will learn her fate as the dark shadow of her monstrous father hovers over her.

Maxwell was pictured with an inexplicable black eye while complaining about her prison conditions


Maxwell was pictured with an inexplicable black eye while complaining about her prison conditionsPhoto credit: Reuters
Maxwell was pictured with Prince Andrew and his accuser Virginia Giuffre


Maxwell was pictured with Prince Andrew and his accuser Virginia GiuffreCredit: PA
Ghislaine is pictured on her mother's knee in a family portrait from the 1960s


Ghislaine is pictured on her mother’s knee in a family portrait from the 1960sPhoto credit: Rex
Maxwell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York


Maxwell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New YorkPhoto credit: Reuters How sick Ghislaine Maxwell claims she was a victim of paedo Jeffrey Epstein after her brutal bully dad left her ‘vulnerable’


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