GHISLAINE Maxwell has “secret copies of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex tapes” that could expose some of the world’s most powerful people, a friend has claimed.
The ex-girlfriend and alleged “madam” of convicted child sex offender Epstein was busted by the FBI in New Hampshire on Thursday and charged with sex trafficking.
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A former friend of Maxwell’s said the disgraced socialite had sex tapes of Epstein and others “squirrelled away”.
“Ghislaine has always been as cunning as they come. She wasn’t going to be with Epstein all those years and not have some insurance,” the friend told the Daily Mail.
“The secret stash of sex tapes I believe Ghislaine has squirrelled away could end up being her get out of jail card if the authorities are willing to trade. She has copies of everything Epstein had. They could implicate some twisted movers and shakers.
“If Ghislaine goes down, she’s going to take the whole damn lot of them with her.”
The friend said Epstein liked to film himself with young girls, as well as others who had underage sex.
“He wanted to make sure he had something to hold over the rich and powerful men who took advantage of his sick largesse,” the friend said.
“I’ll bet anything that once it comes out that Ghislaine has those tapes these men will be quaking in their Italian leather boots.
“Ghislaine made sure that she socked away thumb drives of it all. She knows where all the bodies are buried and she’ll use whatever she had to save her own a**.”
If Ghislaine goes down, she’s going to take the whole damn lot of them with her
Epstein’s alleged ‘madam’, who used her late father’s millions to throw lavish parties before her spectacular fall from grace, is now facing up to 35 years in prison on sex-trafficking charges.
On Monday we reported how Maxwell will talk to keep herself out of jail, and may throw Prince Andrew under the bus by handing over ‘secret video footage’, his cousin claimed.
Christina Oxenberg first met Maxwell in 1990 and had various encounters with her over the years.
She told The Sun Maxwell once ‘boasted’ to her about procuring women for the monster and recording their pals – and she’s willing to testify in court.
In an exclusive interview, the established author called Maxwell “evil” and said she will reveal all in an attempt to get a more lenient sentence, if convicted.
“I think she thinks she can get out, obviously she’s planning on trading [information],” she said. “I personally think she’s the big fish here.”
Christina, who is publishing her own life stories via the website Patreon, believes Ghislaine may spill the beans about Andrew, but she feels the focus of the investigation should be on those who groomed and trafficked women.
“He is one of many Johns, all of whom were video-taped by Ghislaine,” she claims, after she allegedly told her in 1997 they secretly kept tabs on their friends.
Andrew came onto the scene in 1999, and she feels the royal, along with those Maxwell has information on, could be her “get out of jail free cards.”
“He is not a victim here, but Ghislaine was never his friend, she was taping him,” Christina said. “Friends don’t tape friends.
“He may be thick as a plank, but she’s a depraved predatory child sex abuser, big difference.
“I think in his mind, he’s justified it to the degree that if she hadn’t invited him, he wouldn’t have been there.”
Prince Andrew, 60, has strenuously denied claims he slept with Epstein’s sex slave, 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre, three times in London, New York, and the Caribbean, while he is yet to speak with the FBI.
Maxwell, 58,was reportedly on suicide watch at the jail before being moved to a New York prison at 4.30am on Monday, with guards watching her around the clock to make sure nothing happened to her.
She is being held at Brooklyn’s tough Metropolitan Detention Centre before she appears in court on Friday.
Her ex-lover Epstein killed himself in his cell while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges last year.
Maxwell was arrested by the FBI at her $1million bolthole on Thursday and charged with six offences, including child grooming and perjury.
An indictment last week said Maxwell facilitated his crimes by “helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse” girls as young as 14 and also said she participated in the sexual abuse.
She has previously denied allegations against her.
Prosecutors have sought to deny her bail, arguing she is a flight risk because she has a vast international network of powerful friends.
Armed agents reportedly swooped on Maxwell’s remote home in the woods, called Tuckedaway, and smashed down her front door in a dramatic early morning raid which startled neighbors.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a survivor of Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring, said that during Maxwell’s court hearing last week, she heard a “very loud British woman screaming ‘why is this happening and how could this happen?'”
There are fears that she could dodge justice by using the controversial plea deal her pal Epstein cooked up with prosecutors in 2008, although her alleged victims are hoping justice will be served.
Virginia also says Prince Andrew “should be panicking” because “Ghislaine doesn’t really care about anyone else but Ghislaine.”
Prince Andrew denies Virginia’s allegations and any involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring.