Ghislaine Maxwell is secretly married but has not revealed her partner’s identity, US prosecutors say

Ghislaine Maxwell is secretly married but will not reveal the identity of her partner, prosecutors have said.

Assistant US attorney Alison Moe claimed the British socialite was married, during court proceedings in which Maxwell was denied bail for being a potential “flight risk”.

Maxwell, the ex-partner of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, faces up to 35 years in prison if she is found guilty over charges alleging she recruited teenage girls, including one as young as 14 years old, for the financier to sexually abuse.

It also alleged she lied during a 2016 deposition – sworn out-of-court testimony – in a civil case.

Speaking in court, Ms Moe was trying to prove to the judge that Maxwell had not been honest about her finances.

“In addition to failing to describe in any way the absence of proposed cosigners of a bond, the defendant also makes no mention whatsoever about the financial circumstances or assets of her spouse, whose her identity she declined to provide to Pretrial Services,” Ms Moe said, revealing the existence of a spouse.

“There is no information about who will be cosigning this bond or their assets and no details whatsoever.”

The prosecutor did not say who the alleged spouse is or how long they had been married.

An estate agent had told the FBI that Maxwell toured her $1m (£800,000) New Hampshire home with an unnamed man in November 2019, Ms Moe said.

The pair had introduced themselves as Scott and Janet Marshall, and both had British accents, it was claimed.

According to the FBI interview, Maxwell had told the estate agent that she was a journalist who wanted privacy, while the man said he was retired from the British military and was writing a book.

The estate agent later realised that the woman she had dealt with was Maxwell after seeing a photograph of her on the news.

Maxwell, 58, was arrested at the New Hampshire property on 2 July. Prosecutors claim she had refused to open the door for FBI agents.

She has been charged with six criminal counts – four related to transporting minors for illegal sexual acts and two for perjury. She denies all the charges.

Prosecutors had argued she posed an “extreme flight risk”, as she has wealth, extensive international ties, three passports, and citizenship in two other countries.

Ms Moe also said Maxwell had been “less than candid” about her circumstances, including her finances, and that there were “serious red flags”.

Maxwell’s lawyers had fought for her to be bailed for $5m (£3.9m) with electronic monitoring and home confinement.

Mark Cohen said Maxwell is “not the monster that has been portrayed by the media and the government” and that her family had received death threats.

The alleged victims had strenuously argued against Maxwell being released on bail, saying they feared she would “seek to silence” those testifying against her.

In an anonymous written statement, one victim described Maxwell as “sociopathic” and claimed they had received a phone call threatening their two-year-old child’s life if they testified.

Maxwell’s lawyers denied the claim.

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