Ghislaine Maxwell sues publishers of a new book, saying it portrays her as ‘already guilty’ 


Ghislaine Maxwell sues publishers of a new book on her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, saying it portrays her as ‘already guilty’

  • Alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is suing the French publisher Albin Michel
  • Their book, L’île de tous les vices (Vice Island) is by the French writer Jean-Gabriel Fredet and focuses on Maxwell’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein 
  • The legal action comes as the 59-year-old socialite awaits trial in New York while on remand

Alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is suing the publishers of a new book that portrays her as ‘already guilty’.

The legal action against Vice Island – which appeared on French bookshelves last month – comes as the 59-year-old socialite awaits trial in New York while on remand.

She has been indicted for the sex trafficking of underage girls, and the enticement of minors, but the case has not been proved.

This is why she is suing Albin Michel, the Paris publishers, for gross violation of the presumption of innocence, and is demanding significant damages.

Alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is suing the publishers of a new book that portrays her as ‘already guilty’. The legal action against Vice Island – which appeared on French bookshelves last month – comes as the 59-year-old socialite awaits trial in New York while on remand. Pictured: Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein in 2005

There was no immediate comment from Albin Michel after news of the writ broke on Thursday.

Their book, L’île de tous les vices (Vice Island) is by the French writer Jean-Gabriel Fredet and focuses on Maxwell’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the late multi-millionaire businessman who was found dead in his New York prison cell in August 2019.

The convicted paedophile was said to have been involved with Maxwell in running a global sex trafficking ring.

Maxwell, the daughter of the later publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, is half-French and was a frequent visitor to Epstein's £7million Paris property in Avenue Foch, close to the Arc de Triomphe. There have been allegations that young girls were regularly abused inside the apartment, and it is currently considered a crime scene by French prosecutors, who have opened an enquiry. Pictured: The Paris building where local media say Epstein's apartment was located

Maxwell, the daughter of the later publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, is half-French and was a frequent visitor to Epstein’s £7million Paris property in Avenue Foch, close to the Arc de Triomphe. There have been allegations that young girls were regularly abused inside the apartment, and it is currently considered a crime scene by French prosecutors, who have opened an enquiry. Pictured: The Paris building where local media say Epstein’s apartment was located

Maxwell denies all charges, after being arrested by the FBI in July 2020.

Vice Island focuses on Maxwell's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

Vice Island focuses on Maxwell’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

Her lawyer Olivier Laude said: ‘The publication of this book by Albin Michel constitutes an unacceptable attack on the presumption of innocence of Ms. Maxwell.

‘Given the imminence of her criminal trial, to present her as already guilty – which this book does – is as repugnant as it is irresponsible.’

Mr Laude said Vice Island ignored the fundamental right of the presumption of innocence, and this was why a writ was served on April 15.

Maxwell’s legal team is calling for Paris judges to pulp all existing copies of Vice Island, and to order that any future copies state clearly that she is entitled to the presumption of innocence.

In addition, Maxwell is seeking financial damages for the prejudice suffered, Mr Laude added.

Maxwell, the daughter of the later publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, is half-French and was a frequent visitor to Epstein’s £7million Paris property in Avenue Foch, close to the Arc de Triomphe. 

Ghislaine Maxwell, far right, is pictured with Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts Giuffre in Maxwell's London townhouse. Roberts Giuffre has told lawyers she was forced to sleep with the Duke after being trafficked to him at least three times when she was 17. Prince Andrew Denies this

Ghislaine Maxwell, far right, is pictured with Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts Giuffre in Maxwell’s London townhouse. Roberts Giuffre has told lawyers she was forced to sleep with the Duke after being trafficked to him at least three times when she was 17. Prince Andrew Denies this

There have been allegations that young girls were regularly abused inside the apartment, and it is currently considered a crime scene by French prosecutors, who have opened an enquiry.

It is claimed that the sex trafficking ring also included 12-year-old twin girls that had been ‘recruited’ in Paris.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell are pictured in 1995

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell are pictured in 1995

Prince Andrew, who was a close personal friend of both Maxwell and Epstein, is believed to have visited the Avenue Foch apartment.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an American woman, has told lawyers she was forced to sleep with the Duke after being trafficked to him at least three times when she was 17.

The claims have always been vehemently denied by Prince Andrew, but Ms Roberts Giuffre has said she is prepared to testify against him in court.

The Duke has not been to France since a judicial enquiry was launched into the sex ring in 2019. 

In the United States, prosecutors have said they want to interview Prince Andrew, but he is yet to speak to them.

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