The fallen British socialite’s secret spouse may not be able to escape being called to the witness stand
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell’s secret husband? This is the question anybody following the high-profile sex-trafficking case has been asking this week.
The revelation that the disgraced British socialite is in fact a married woman came as a shock to even those closest to the case, setting the world ablaze with a flurry of questions – Who is he? When did they marry? Where is he now? And, most importantly, did he know about the alleged ongoing sexual abuse of underage girls with Jeffrey Epstein?
As reported by Law & Crime, the existence of the spouse became public with this statement from federal prosecutors during Tuesday’s bail hearing: “The defendant also makes no mention whatsoever about the financial circumstances or assets of her spouse – whose identity she declined to provide to Pretrial Services.”
Now, with the focus shifted towards Ghislaine’s mystery husband, (whom she is said to have married in order to safeguard her fortune) it has become evident that a legislative loophole could mean that he could be forced to testify in court against his wife.
While the law does contain protections which allow spouses to refuse to testify against one another, these are not absolute, Law & Crime notes. If Ghislaine Maxwell’s secret husband has information that is paramount to the case, prosecutors may be preparing to argue an expansive exception to the spousal privilege laws which could require him to testify. Talk about a plot twist!
A flurry of internet sleuths attempted to find records of Maxwell’s marriage; unsubstantiated rumors swirled about who the husband may be. The tabloid questions are ignoring a much more serious question for prosecutors, for Maxwell’s defense attorneys, and for her putative spouse: if the spouse knows something relevant to the case, can they be called to testify about it? The Maxwell case may ultimately highlight shifts and rifts in the law.
With the whole “secret husband” bombshell still the focus of this week’s Ghislaine Maxwell court case, Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre came forward with her own fresh accusations directed towards the 58-year-old longtime companion of the disgraced financier.
The New York Post reports that Giuffre appeared on CBS This Morning, claiming that Maxwell was far worse than Epstein when it came to their abuse of underage girls, calling her “evil and a “monster”.
“Ghislaine was much more conniving and smart than Epstein ever was,” Giuffre said, accusing her of “pulling the strings” in the whole operation.
“I know that woman. I’ve known her really well. Put it this way – Epstein was Pinocchio, and she was Gepetto,” she added, referencing the Disney classic.
Giuffre has claimed in civil suits and interviews that she was “recruited” into Epstein’s revolving roster of young “slaves” by his companion when she was 16 years old. She has accused Maxwell of ordering her to have sex with Prince Andrew on multiple occasions when she was 17. The Duke of York has vehemently denied these allegations and claims that he does not remember having met the woman.
Giuffre had still more choice words for Maxwell.“She is a monster. She’s worse than Epstein. She did things even worse than Epstein did. She was vicious. She was evil. And she’s a woman.”
With news of the secret husband out in the open, Ghislaine Maxwell remains held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she will be locked in her cell for 23 hours a day for the next year until her next trial date, Newsweek reports.
The prison, which is the very same institution used to house R&B singer R. Kelly, has a long history of “corrupt staff,” beatings and sexual assault, with allegations of prison staff sexually abusing and assaulting female inmates.
In 2016, a judge said she was reluctant to send female convicts to the Brooklyn jail because conditions sounded like a facility in “some third-world country.”
Former warden Cameron Lindsay told the publication: “It would be very, very difficult because conditions are very austere, very plain, regimented, rigid and controlled. Security at that facility is paramount.”
He added: “I would expect her to be locked down 23 hours a day. I’m sure she’ll be getting legal visits though throughout the day.
“She would only be moved for visiting purposes or to go to one hour of recreation a day. Recreation would be taken in a small caged-in area in close proximity to her cell.”
The prison was built to house 1,000 inmates, both male and female, but now has a population of between 1,600 and 2,000.Lindsay, now an expert witness, once described it as “one of the most troubled” in America.Inmates were left so desperate after the heating system broke down in sub-zero temperatures in January 2019, reporters outside could hear them banging on their cells for help, NBC reported.
Following the Ghislaine Maxwell-secret husband beat from the other side of the Atlantic will undoubtedly be Prince Andrew, who is currently locked in a stand-off with the US Department of Justice over whether he will speak to them about what he knew of paedophile billionaire Epstein’s crimes.
The 60-year-old duke is currently being treated as a witness, and is not the target of the FBI investigation. However, US prosecutors have made it clear they want to speak with him and wish for him to travel to America for questioning.
As reported by The Mirror, the Queen’s second son, who has sought to distance himself from Maxwell following her July 2 arrest, is currently keeping a low profile at his Windsor estate after stepping back from public duties in November.
As of Thursday, visitors to Prince Andrew’s website started being redirected to an official royal family page, meaning his site appears to have been quietly pulled from the web.
The royal.uk page begins with a statement the prince released at the time of his train wreck interview with BBC over his connection to Epstein.
“I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein,” the statement reads.
“His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathize with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure. I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives.”
“Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”
This follows weeks of pressure on the 60-year-old prince after his former pal Maxwell was arrested and charged with alleged child sex abuse, sex trafficking of children and grooming.