GHISLAINE Maxwell suspects her media mogul father was assassinated after he drowned off the coast of Morocco 30 years ago.
“Ghislaine, uniquely in our family, has always thought he was murdered, and she’s alone in that – but it’s her profound conviction that that is what happened,” said Ian Maxwell, older brother of the 59-year-old accused madam to the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, during an appearance in a television documentary.
The sibling shared his thoughts on the loss of their father, his fortune and undivided support for his young sister in the 20/20 documentary “Notorious: Ghislaine Maxwell”.
Maxwell had been out on the high seas aboard his yacht aptly named Lady Ghislaine navigating around the Spanish archipelago just nine months after he purchased the New York Daily News.
On the morning of Nov. 5, 1991, Maxwell was missing and the crew suspected he’d died after falling overboard, according to ABC News.
His body was discovered by authorities floating in the water.
The official cause of her father’s death was a heart attack and drowning.
But there were theories his death wasn’t an accident or a suicide.
It was soon learned Maxwell had squandered a fortune by misusing employee pension funds in the UK to keep his publishing and media businesses afloat, the outlet reported.
Two of his sons, Kevin and Ian Maxwell himself, were brought up on fraud charges tied to their father’s pension money scam, but ended up getting acquitted and absolved of any wrongdoing, ABC News reported.
The family’s business collapsed and the financial devastation uprooted them from their Oxford, England home while a firesale of his valuables took place.
Months after she became fatherless, Ghislaine was photographed by at London’s Heathrow Airport with New York City prep school teacher turned businessman Jeffrey Epstein.
Ghislaine Maxwell admitted in a 2016 deposition that she and Epstein were introduced by a mutual friend.
The pair carried on a love affair and shared a close bond for several years.
Ian Maxwell noted that he had met Epstein but stressed he lacked any “knowledge of their life or life that Ghislaine was leading [at the time] in any great detail.”
That life was allegedly fast, luxurious and allegedly criminal.
Maxwell is facing sex trafficking charges for recruiting and grooming young girls for her former lover Epstein, 66, who was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell in 2019 after being held on his own sex trafficking rap.
Ian said he and his family believe in their youngest sister’s innocence.
They also suggest she is the victim of a svengali in Epstein.
“Epstein is dead,” he said in the 20/20 interview.
“The crimes he was then indicted with in 2019, he never faced.
“But Ghislaine is not Epstein.”
He suggests that once the facts see daylight, the public will know the truth.
“They’ve never heard the defense to all of this,” he said.
“These are very serious charges. But at the same time, I also thought this is not my sister. She could not possibly have been involved in this kind of activity.”
The brother mocked the overkill raid on his sibling’s New Hampshire country home last summer when the woman was brought into custody.
“She’s arrested with hoopla, with helicopters and the FBI running about. It’s pure prejudice,” he said.
She remains held at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn while awaiting trial.
The former socialite and philanthropist has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges lodged against her.
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