Where is Ghislaine Maxwell now and how long will she serve in prison?

Her new reality is worlds away from the glamorous life she used to lead

a close up of Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein
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Ghislaine Maxwell and her dealings with disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein is being explored in new Channel 4 documentary Ghislaine Maxwell: The Making of a Monster.

Much like the recent documentaries about the murder of Grace Millane (opens in new tab) and the Soham murders (opens in new tab), TV producers are keen to satisfy the public appetite for a true crime documentary when it comes to Ghislaine Maxwell. Her name has rarely been out of the press since July 2019 - when the FBI announced the arrest of the since-deceased businessman Jeffrey Epstein. An ex-boyfriend of the British socialite, Epstein was arrested on charges of sex trafficking. And further details later came to light of Maxwell's involvement and grooming of young girls in the gruesome ordeal - leading to her evential arrest and trial.

The Epstein scandal - as it's become known - has led to further legal issues for other high profile figures, with the Queen herself having to pay a £12 million settlement (opens in new tab) for a lawsuit brought against son Prince Andrew. As a result of his connections with Epstein and Maxwell, plus an alleged incident with an under-age girl - allegations he vehemently denies - the royal has stepped back from public duty and has had several patronages removed. Though Prince Andrew remains a prince (opens in new tab) for the time being. As for Maxwell, we share where the socialite is now and how long she's set to serve behind bars.

Where is Ghislaine Maxwell now?

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (opens in new tab), Ghislaine Maxwell is now at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center in New York. The 60-year-old was sentenced on June 28, 2022 and has requested to serve her time at the Danbury Federal Correctional Institute in Connecticut. 

The former British socialite was found guilty of five out of six charges by a jury on December 29, 2021. These charges include conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors to participate in illegal sex acts, transporting a minor to participate in illegal sex acts, sex trafficking conspiracy, and sex trafficking of a minor.

Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, speaks to the media at a press conference to announce the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell

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In addition to the prison sentence, Maxwell was sentenced to a further five years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $750,00 fine (£610,000).

The 60-year-old has been held at the Brooklyn prison since her arrest in July 2020. Lawyers for Maxwell claim their client has received hostility from guards and is living in an unsavoury environment.

"[She] has been subject to physical and emotional abuse by the correction officers, poor and unsanitary living conditions, insufficient nutrition, difficulties reviewing the millions of legal discovery documents in the case against her, and sleep deprivation," her lead attorney, Bobbi C Sternheim (opens in new tab), wrote in court papers.

The US Bureau of Prisons declined to comment "about the conditions of confinement for any particular inmate". However they did add that they were "committed to ensuring the safety and security" of inmates and took "allegations of staff misconduct seriously". 

Federal prison consultant Jack Donson told the Mirror (opens in new tab) that Maxwell's requested Connecticut prison is "no country club" in comparison:

"She’s going to end up in a secure, female prison regardless. You know, not high security, but it won’t be a camp," he said. "It’s no fairy tale, it’s no Disneyland, it’s a prison."

How long will Ghislaine Maxwell serve?

Ghislaine Maxwell received a 20-year prison sentence in late June this year. Now aged 60, this means that Maxwell will be 78-years-old when she finishes the sentence. 

Maxwell was taken to court and found guilty for recruiting and grooming four girls between 1994 and 2004. These girls were then forced against their will to "massage" and perform sex acts on Maxwell's former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein - against their will.

When handing out the sentence, Judge Alison J Nathan called Maxwell's past behaviour as "heinous and predatory". "Ms Maxwell worked with Epstein to select young victims who were vulnerable and played a pivotal role in facilitating sexual abuse," she added.

During the Maxwell trial, four former alleged victims came forward to testify. An additional victim, Sarah Ransome, did not testify in court but gave a statement post-sentencing. 

"Ghislaine must die in prison because I've been in Hell and back for the last seventeen years," she said. "I was 10 years old when Liz Stein was being trafficked. I was 10. That is how long this sex trafficking ring has been going on for. And it should have just taken one survivor to come forward for us to be taken seriously. It should not have been this hard."

a close up of alleged Epstein victim Sarah Ransome

Epstein victim Sarah Ransome appearing outside court after the Maxwell sentencing.

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What happened to Jeffrey Epstein?

Disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life behind bars on August 10, 2019. Epstein was being held in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York at the time, awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.

His cause of death was confirmed as suicide by hanging on August 16 by New York City's Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson. However, lawyers for Epstein challenged this conclusion and launched their own investigation with pathologist Michael Baden.

In October 2021, Baden contradicted Ms Barbara Sampson's conclusion (opens in new tab), claiming evidence suggested that he was strangled rather than committed suicide. Speculation around Epstein being strangled arose around a broken bone in the neck - the hyoid bone. Baden maintains that this is "extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation."

The Medical Examiner ruled out the claims and his official cause of death remains "Suicide by Hanging".

Does Ghislaine Maxwell have children?

No, Ghislaine Maxwell does not have any children. However there are reports that she is a stepmother to two children from a former relationship she had with millionare businessman Scott Borgerson, the CEO of Cargometrics.

Several media reports suggest the two secretly wed in 2016. An anonymous source told The Daily Mail (opens in new tab) in 2019: "Scott left his wife for Ghislaine around five years ago." The publication also revealed that Maxwell had been living with Borgerson at his $3 million mansion in Manchester-By-Sea prior to her arrest.

Borgerson was previously married to wife Rebecca. The two tied the knot in May 2001 in a Palm Beach ceremony and later divorced in 2015. They share two children together - a son and daughter. However, Borgerson has always denied a relationship with Maxwell, claiming they are instead old friends.

Ghislaine Maxwell net worth:

Ghislaine Maxwell's net worth is estimated as $20 million by Celebrity Net Worth. In addition to her own income, Ghislaine inherited a large undisclosed sum from her late millionare father Robert Maxwell - who died in mysterious circumstances in November 2021.

Maxwell is also seeking money from Jeffrey Epstein's estate (opens in new tab). She filed a lawsuit in March 2022, seeking money to cover her attorneys' fees and security costs. According to The Daily Beast, Epstein's estate was worth over $650 million when he died - but is now valued at closer to $190 million.

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Emily Stedman
Emily Stedman

Emily Stedman is the News Features Editor for GoodTo covering all things royal, entertainment, lifestyle, health and wellbeing. Boasting an encyclopaedic knowledge on all things celebrity and royal, career highlights include working at HELLO! Magazine and as a royal researcher to Diana biographer Andrew Morton on his book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. In her spare time, Emily can be found eating her way around London, swimming at her local Lido or curled up on the sofa binging the next best Netflix show.