GHISLAINE Maxwell told court chiefs that she was “in the process of divorcing her husband” after being arrested on suspicion of child grooming.

The British socialite, 58, who is trying to get out of a New York jail on bail, has been married to tech CEO Scott Borgerson, 44, for four years.


The information undermines Maxwell's claim that her marriage to Borgerson would keep her in the US, reducing the chances that she'd flee the country should she be let out on bail.

Earlier this week, Maxwell filed a bail application in the US District Court in Manhattan and Borgerson pleaded for her release, with the couple offering up more than $28million in bail.

However, acting US attorney Audrey Strauss, in a court filing yesterday, said the alleged madam had made “inconsistent statements” to pre-trial services after being nicked.

She said: “The defendant said she was ‘in the process of divorcing her husband.’”

Maxwell is also said to not want to live with Borgerson, if freed on bail.


Prosecutors maintain that the heiress should be kept at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre before her trial next summer.

She is charged with grooming young girls for sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

The new claims come after Borgerson wrote a letter to the court pleading for Maxwell's release, insisting that the woman "described in the criminal charges is not the person we know."

"I have never witnessed anything inappropriate with Ghislaine; quite the contrary. The Ghislaine I know is a wonderful and loving person," his letter says.

"The reporting of Ghislaine over the past year has exploded exponentially, from the time of Epstein's arrest and death in custody in the summer of 2019 until Ghislaine's own arrest in July of this year.

"There are many examples of violence whose seeds were born in conspiracy theories and the experiences of QAnon, Pizzagate, and the recent Judge Salas attacks are terrifying."

In Strauss's rebuttal to the latest bail attempt, she noted that Maxwell's alleged victims have also pleaded for her to remain in jail.

The women have argued against Maxwell being released to a house in New York with an ankle monitor – which her lawyers have suggested.

"First, the victims sincerely fear that if the defendant is released, she will be able to evade justice," Strauss said.

“Second, the pain that the victims still feel to this day as a result of the defendant’s conduct supports the conclusion that this offense is especially serious and may result in a lengthy sentence.”

One of those alleged victims, Annie Farmer, pleaded with the court not to grant Maxwell bail – branding her a "psychopath."

She said: “Ghislaine Maxwell sexually abused me as a child and the government has the responsibility to make sure that she stands trial for her crimes.

“I do not believe that will happen or that any of the women she exploited will see justice if she is released on bail.

“She has lived a life of privilege, abusing her position of power to live beyond the rules.

“Fleeing the country in order to escape once more would fit with her long history of anti-social behavior."

A judge is set to make a decision on Maxwell’s bail in the coming days.

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