Ghislaine Maxwell has a secret stash of sex tapes that could help her secure a plea deal, according to reports.
The socialite was arrested last week on charges of enticement of minors, sex trafficking and perjury.
The 58-year-old heiress was a close confidante of disgraced tycoon Jeffrey Epstein, and was at his side as he travelled the world and networked with some of the world’s most influential people.
A former friend of Maxwell confided to a Daily Mail journalist that Ms Maxwell was a “cunning” woman who had obtained copies of Epstein’s sick collection of sex tapes as “insurance” in case anything went wrong.
“The secret stash of sex tapes I believe Ghislaine has squirrelled away could end up being her ‘get out of jail card’ if the authorities are willing to trade,” they claimed.
“She has copies of everything Epstein had. They could implicate some twisted movers and shakers.”
In August 2018, Epstein told New York Times journalist James B. Stewart that he had secret dossiers on some of those “movers and shakers” which, said Stewart, was “potentially damaging or embarrassing, including details about their supposed sexual proclivities and recreational drug use.”
Almost exactly a year later Epstein was found hanged in a jail cell at New Yorks’s Metropolitan Correctional Centre, where he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Epstein groomed young girls into becoming his sex slaves but also delighted in befriending high profile personalities on both sides of the Atlantic.
The source claimed “If Ghislaine goes down, she’s going to take the whole damn lot of them with her.”
Ms Maxwell was Epstein’s closest companion.
Some friends say she hoped to one day marry the financier, socialite and convicted sex offender.
Other sources describe her as a “madam” who helped her friend and former employer procure and groom underage girls who he exploited for sex.
On 2 July 2020, Maxwell was arrested by the FBI in Bradford, New Hampshire.
FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said the bureau had Maxwell under observation for a while before her arrest: “We have been discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell for some time.”
“She slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire,” he added, “continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims continue to live with the trauma inflicted on them years earlier.”
Later that day, Maxwell was charged with six federal crimes, including enticement of minors, sex trafficking, and perjury.
She has recently been transferred from Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen, New Hampshire, to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, a New York prison notorious after a string of investigations into its poor conditions and multiple cases of alleged prisoner abuse.
Cameron Lindsay, the former warden of the jail that holds both male and female prisoners, called it “one of the most troubled” federal facilities in the prison system with a “unique history of staff misconduct”.