Ghislaine Maxwell was able to attract “young girls and minors” to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein because they saw “the female figure as a protector,” a biographer told Washington Newsday.
The British celebrity is awaiting trial for allegations that she helped Epstein prepare young girls for sex while they were in a relationship in the 1990s.
Maxwell said in a recently unsealed affidavit that it was part of her job for the New York financier to find adult massage therapists.
Her accusers claim that she made them abusive by promising to help them in their career.
The daughter of the late British newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell denies the charges of human trafficking and perjury and is awaiting her trial in July.
Some of the charges against her are described in detail in the new biography The Spider, recently published by Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Author Barry Levine told Washington Newsday: “The most disturbing aspect of this is that young girls and minors will certainly view the female figure as a protector, and they felt safe at first because of Maxwell’s presence.
“She and Jeffrey were that couple who mentored young women, gave them scholarships and so on, helped them through their difficulties and gave them money for their families.
“Your presence in this relationship has certainly helped to recruit and nurture many of these girls.
“These girls were not prepared for this woman to be a predator and monster like Jeffrey.
“It is clear from the testimony and testimony of witnesses that Ghislaine was as much a predator as Jeffrey.
The spider records how Maxwell fell in love with Epstein when she moved to New York after the mysterious death of her father in 1991.
At that time he mourned his own father Seymour Epstein, who died after a long illness in December of the same year, the book says.
Levine said: “I spent a lot of time in the book and tried to explore a little of what Maxwell had thought when she first met Jeffrey Epstein.
“This was shortly after the violent death of her father, who had died when he went overboard on the yacht and so on.
“Ghislaine was completely disturbed when she first came to New York.
“She came under Jeffrey’s wing, and Jeffrey took on the role of a father figure, a lover, mentor, confidant for her, and so on.
“I think for a while, Ghislaine was really under his spell.
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“She also counted on Jeffrey to fund and support her, and I think she realized very quickly that she would either live this life with him or not live it at all.
“So apparently she just went along and nurtured these women and recruited these young girls and so on”.
Levine re-examined many of the salvaged pieces of evidence for herself, including the notes that journalist Sharon Churcher made during the first press interview with Virginia Giuffre, in which she said she had been tricked into having sex with Prince Andrew.
And he called on the prosecutors to take the evidence from Maxwell’s girlfriend Christina Oxenberg, Prince Andrew’s cousin.
He told Washington Newsday: “In my book, I have what I believe is a very convincing confession that took place in 1997.
“At that time Ghislaine invited Christina to celebrate the success of Christina’s novel Royal Blue.
“I write that the conversation referred to Maxwell’s relationship with Epstein. She says: “Jeffrey is very important to me and I need him to marry me.
“Oxenburg said Maxwell confided in her that she was unable to keep up with Epstein’s sexual appetite, and because of Epstein’s needs, which were impossible to satisfy, Maxwell felt obliged to ‘raise young girls to satisfy his sexual needs,’ according to Oxenburg’s account of the conversation.
Levine, however, is uncompromising in his assessment of Maxwell’s role in the abuse around Epstein.
He said: “Jeffrey and Ghislaine became a kind of predatory Bonnie and Clyde in a way.
“The most disturbing thing about Ghislaine’s involvement is that she was willing to go through this because she believed she was in love with him and wanted to marry him in a strange, distorted way.
“She allowed all this to continue in order to please Jeffrey”…