Ghislaine Maxwell’s list of 301 Brits in her little black book under FBI review
Jeffrey Epstein pictured with Maxwell in 2005 (Image: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Paedophile Ghislaine Maxwell’s list of more than 300 British associates is to be reviewed after US prosecutors vowed to pursue all those involved in her “pyramid scheme of abuse”.
There is no allegation of wrongdoing against those detailed in the directory, with the FBI seeing them as potential witnesses “unless the evidence leads them elsewhere”.
A source told the Mirror: “Whereas Epstein brought the cash, Maxwell brought the contacts.
“She opened up a world to her then-lover he could only have dreamt of.
“Epstein was socially awkward. Some say inept. He didn’t mix well.
“But with Maxwell by his side, she gave him cover and credibility with the rich and famous.
“He was accepted into their world not because of money but because of her.
“She provided most of the numbers in their book.
“Prosecutors in the US have made countless mistakes before where Maxwell and Epstein are concerned. Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, has vowed that those who committed a crime with them will not escape justice under his watch.”
During Maxwell’s four-week trial in New York, the book including the names and addresses of nearly 2,000 world leaders, sportsmen, royalty, celebrities and alleged victims remained secret.
The contacts contained within it allowed Maxwell and Epstein to flourish in the world’s most elite circles.
For decades, important, influential, serious people attended their dinner parties, rode his private ‘Lolita Express’ jet, and furthered the fiction they were New York’s power couple.
During her trial, however, the disgraced socialite’s defence attorneys agreed with prosecutors not to release the 97-page directory to the public.
But it was made available in a previous civil case involving Andrew’s rape accuser Virginia Giuffre. The book was filled with contact details of Maxwell and Epstein’s famous friends, including the Duke and former U.S. leader Bill Clinton and Donald Trump but was only mentioned sporadically during her sex-trafficking trial.
Both former Presidents and the Prince, as well as others mentioned in the directory, have denied all accusations they were involved in any alleged sexual abuse.
Following Maxwell’s conviction on Wednesday, US Attorney Damian Williams made particular reference to “powerful and well connected”, saying his team would not stop until all those guilty of an offence had been brought before a court.
“This Office will always stand with victims, will always follow the facts wherever they lead, and will always fight to ensure that no one, no matter how powerful and well connected, is above the law,” he said.
Some legal experts believe Maxwell, who faces up to 65 years in prison when sentenced early next year, think she may begin naming names in a deal to reduce her time behind bars.
However, victims have told their lawyers they will be furious if such an agreement is brokered as they want her to serve the maximum time possible.
Previously the FBI compiled a 2,000-page dossier on Andrew’s pals Epstein and Maxwell.
The so-called little black book contained 301 Brits listing more than 1,000 numbers and dozens of email addresses between them.
They included countless celebrities including Mick Jagger, Simon Le Bon, Phil Collins, the late Sir David Frost, Richard Branson, Naomi Campbell, Tamara Beckwith, Jonathan Dimbleby, Lloyd Grossman and numerous lords and ladies.
Ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair is recorded once, while his former cabinet minister Lord Peter Mandelson has ten numbers, including one marked ‘direct line’, one marked ‘home’ and one marked ‘country home’.
Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, also features.
There are 16 separate phone numbers for Prince Andrew, including a mobile phone number, one marked Palace ex-directory, one for Balmoral, the Queen’s private retreat in Scotland where the Prince invited Epstein, and one marked Sand, which appears to be Sandringham, the other royal retreat where he spent time.
Details of the book came out in court documents through litigation from Virginia Giuffre against Maxwell during their civil libel case although it had been published in the media prior to that.
Epstein also recorded 18 numbers for Sarah Ferguson, who took £15,000 off the paedophile to help pay off her debts.
Other global names included Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, magician David Blaine, Bill Cosby, Rupert Murdoch and singer Courtney Love.
There is no suggestion the presence of the names means that any of those in the book are accused of any form of wrongdoing or have met Maxwell, 60, and Epstein in person.
One Brit named in the directory during Maxwell’s trial case was identified as taking part in ‘sexualised massages’ involving underage girls at Epstein’s Florida mansion- but there has been no suggestion they are one of the celebrities or politicians named.
A witness testifying using the pseudonym Jane told how Maxwell and Epstein abused her from the age of 14.
She said she was forced to participate in a series of ‘sexualised massages’ involving adults, naming the Brit as one of the participants.
Fears over Maxwell and Epstein’s offending overseas led US officials to explore their hundreds of ties to the UK, including Andrew.
Maxwell’s conviction poured more pressure on the Duke to speak with the FBI after they claimed he had previously refused to.
Since discussing his alleged silence, Giuffre has issued proceedings against the Duke, 61, accusing him of sexual abuse and rape.
She filed a lawsuit in New York and is seeking unspecified damages.
In August, Giuffre, 38, sued father-of-two Andrew, saying she was forced to have sex with him at Maxwell’s London home.
She also claims he abused her at the billionaire’s homes in Manhattan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, has “unequivocally” denied Giuffre’s claims and accused her of seeking “another payday” in her drive to profit from her association with Epstein, who she says also abused her.
Andrew’s lawyers are scheduled to argue for a dismissal of Giuffre’s lawsuit on Tuesday, before U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan.
This week, the Duke made a further attempt to have the case thrown out, arguing as Giuffre lives in Australia and he in the UK, the US has no jurisdiction over both parties.
It came after the Prince earlier this month launched another aggressive legal bid to have the lawsuit thrown out, calling it “unintelligible” and deliberately vague.
The royal went further in his motion to have the case dismissed, arguing the law that allowed her to sue in America was “unconstitutional”.
His legal team argued he is prevented from being sued under a 2009 financial deal Giuffre made with Epstein, which barred her from pursuing the financier’s associates.
Details of the deal she made with Epstein are to be released by the courts on Monday.
Epstein, 66, killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Christopher Bucktin United States Editor www.mirror.co.uk