Ghislaine Maxwell’s family was embroiled in scandals before her crimes with Jeffrey Epstein were ever exposed.
The socialite, who was close friends with billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, was convicted of grooming and child sex trafficking in December last year and faces 65 years in prison.
But the disgusting demise of Ghislaine isn’t the first time the Maxwell family has fallen into disrepute.
The BBC’s sensational new documentary series, House of Maxwell, chronicles the story of one of the most extraordinary family sagas the world has ever seen, told through intimate first-hand accounts and exclusive archival sources.
The first episode focuses on media tycoon Robert Maxwell, whose mysterious death after falling off his yacht prompted the collapse of his publishing empire, which included The Mirror.
While it was previously thought Maxwell died before Ghislaine met Epstein, the BBC series now claims the pedophile was actually used by the disgraced media mogul to hide the hundreds of millions he stole.
A larger than life and celebrated character, Maxwell soon went from hero to villain when it was revealed he had plundered millions from Mirror’s pension fund to shore up his debt-ridden business empire.
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His treachery condemned many of his workers to poverty and left his newspapers on the brink of collapse.
It is now alleged that Maxwell met Epstein through his daughter before his death and may have used the pedophile’s services.
The previously unknown connection could also explain how Epstein made his fortune, which has long been a mystery.
In today’s documentary, a former friend of Ghislaine’s, Vassi Chamberlain, says: “I was in town and had some friends who worked on Wall Street during that time and they heard that Jeffrey Epstein and Robert Maxwell previously had an agreement had hit Robert Maxwell’s death, whereby certain funds were diverted.
“That’s what Jeffrey Epstein did back then, he helped very rich people park their money abroad to avoid taxes.”
Colin Barr, executive producer of the series, adds, “I think we now know for sure that Robert Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein knew each other before Maxwell died, I think there’s no question about that.”
The first episode of House of Maxwell focuses on Robert’s rise to power after emerging from poverty.
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Born in Czechoslovakia, the Jewish youth escaped Nazi persecution by fleeing to France during World War II.
After losing many of his family members in the Holocaust, Robert joined the Czechoslovak Army and was decorated after active service in the British Army.
After the end of the war Robert entered the publishing world and grew Pergamon Press into a booming publisher before spending six years as a Labor MP in the 1960s.
Refocusing on his business, he successfully bought several major publishers, including Mirror Group Newspapers, but had to sell some of them in 1989 to pay off his debts.
Robert led a lavish life, often flying in helicopters or sailing in his luxury yacht, but was never far from controversy, facing unsubstantiated allegations of being a Russian spy and informant for Israeli intelligence.
However, his biggest scandal came after his body was found floating in the Atlantic in November 1991.
After the media mogul was last seen on his yacht in the early hours of the morning, hours before his naked body was pulled from the sea near Spain’s Canary Islands, he was reported missing by his crew.
With Spanish authorities ruling out foul play and the family insisting he would never take his own life, conspiracy theories abound to this day.
While pathologists have been unable to determine his cause of death, some suspect the 50-pound man had stumbled overboard while urinating – which he often did naked.
Previously unreleased footage in House of Maxwell shows Robert standing on the deck of the superyacht Lady Ghislaine, named after his favorite daughter, and also undressing in the sea, with the ship’s buoyancy ring around his torso.
Years later, his sons Kevin and Ian Maxwell told it The Sunday TimesThey didn’t believe their father had taken his own life and didn’t believe he was murdered.
“If I say anything about it, I think it’s highly unlikely that he would have taken his own life, it wasn’t because of his condition or his mentality,” explained Kevin.
“I don’t believe there is a murder conspiracy, so to me it’s an unexplained accident and I’m content to live with it.”
Executive producer Colin Barr said that despite extensive research for the three films, it’s still unknown if Maxwell killed himself or accidentally fell in.
He told Radio Times: “We have footage of the yacht from this week where he looks relaxed but who knows? dressed
“Maxwell could have been a heroic figure, emerging from poverty to thrive in a class-ridden country like Britain. Instead, his path was one of hubris, vanity, and moral corruption, which was then passed down to his family, including Ghislaine. It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic rise or catastrophic fall.”
In the days following his death, it emerged that Robert had stolen over £440million from the Mirror Group’s pension fund in order to boost the company’s share price and keep its businesses afloat.
The documentary reveals the extent of Maxwell’s paranoia in the months leading up to his death – as he bugged the offices of his global media empire and his lavish Oxfordshire home.
In the audio recordings, his officers are frustrated at not being able to reach Maxwell for three days while he was sailing off the Canary Islands.
A key executive says, “I’m screwed if I know what he did. He went away in his boat – and he said to me he would speak to them. And I’m still trying to track down that damn money.”
Another is heard saying: “It’s going to explode and burying your head in the sand isn’t going to help. For heaven’s sake.”
For months, senior employees of the Mirror Group had secretly suspected that there were holes in the company’s finances, including in the employees’ pension funds.
His global media empire was found to be around £2 billion in debt and after his death senior staff struggled to make sense of his finances.
One tells another they have found they are “short” by £6.8million. “In addition to the damn 100 million? That’s just the tip of the iceberg,” comes the incredulous reply.
In conversations voiced by actors protecting identities, one executive says, “Where the hell has all that money gone?”
He is assured that a “big chunk” is on the way back. The man replies: “Otherwise there will be the most divine public scandal.” Another employee concludes, “We’re f***ed.”
House of Maxwell will also see victims of the evil Epstein bravely speaking out about their harrowing ordeals.
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