Having reached a vital “last-ditch” divorce settlement with her ex-husband, convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is now planning to use $10 million of the money earned from the settlement to appeal her sex trafficking/abuse conviction.
“The British socialite needed money both to pay an outstanding legal fee of $878,302 (£730,712) and fund the lawyers working on her appeal, which needed to be filed by the end of last month,” the Daily Mail confirmed Saturday in an exclusive report.
The Daily Mail notes that she and her ex-husband, Scott Borgerson, married in 2016. Then sometime before her arrest in July of 2020, Borgerson “took control of what remained of her fortune after she transferred £20 million into a trust fund.”
This £20 million reportedly included £12.6 that she’d earned from selling her New York home.
Following Maxwell’s arrest, Borgerson ended the relationship/marriage “over a phone call to the New York prison where Maxwell was awaiting trial over her role in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal,” according to the Daily Mail.
And then when she was convicted in December of 2021, Borgerson refused to hand over the money that Maxwell needed to pay her attorneys with the Colorado law firm Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, and the money she needed to launch an appeal.
Speaking of her attorneys, she’s reportedly recruited the same ones who defended disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, who was convicted in in 2020 of criminal sexual assault and rape.
“Page Six has learned that convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell has hired Harvey Weinstein’s appeals lawyer to try to overturn her conviction for her role in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal,” Page Six reported last month.
“Attorney Arthur L. Aidala — who is representing disgraced movie mogul Weinstein in his New York appeal — confirmed to us that he filed legal papers on Friday to rep Maxwell in her planned appeal,” the outlet added.
In a statement to Page Six, Aidala claimed that the trial judge had “made mistakes” in Maxwell’s case. He also said she’d been “mistreated” and “malnourished” during incarceration.
He added that the appeal isn’t about guilt or innocence but about “whether the judge who decided the case made the correct legal ruling.”
As an example, he pointed to a juror who’d failed during the jury selection process to disclose his own history of being abused as a child.
“A U.S. judge questioned the juror extensively as part of an effort to decide whether the revelation about his personal history as a sex abuse survivor will spoil the verdict in the sex trafficking trial,” NPR reported at the time in March of 2022.
“Lawyers for Maxwell — who was present in the courtroom, clad in a dark blue jail smock — say the verdict should be thrown out. Maxwell’s lawyers potentially could have objected to the man’s presence on the jury on the grounds that he might not be fair to a person accused of a similar crime,” NPR added.
But U.S. Circuit Judge Alison J. Nathan reportedly shot down the request.
The federal judge over the Ghislaine Maxwell case is Alison Nathan, an Obama appointee who worked as a special assistant and counsel in the Obama White House
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) November 28, 2021
Aidala for his part has claimed there were other mistakes made and that his client “was so mistreated during her period of incarceration that it violated so many of her constitutional rights to defend herself.”
According to the Daily Mail, Maxwell’s appeal hasn’t been filed quite yet. She has until Feb. 28th to file it.
That being said, the Daily Mail can confirm that it currently contains around 22,000 words. In contrast, a typical BizPac Review report contains fewer than 1,000 words.
“Maxwell’s lawyers are currently cutting it back to meet strict limitations around the length of such documents in United States courts,” the Daily Mail notes.
Once the appeal has been filed, the state will reportedly have three months to respond. Then a hearing will be scheduled during each side will reportedly have 30 minutes to make their case.
In separate but related news, Maxwell recently told “60 Minutes” that she isn’t the monster that her victims have portrayed her as:
When convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell was asked about the biggest misconception about her, she responds, “that I’m the cruellest, meanest, horriblest person who’s done…committed crimes…I literally haven’t seen any details that are accurate.”
Watch #60Mins on @9Now pic.twitter.com/cMSanPuJZm
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) February 12, 2023
Moreover, last year when she was sentenced to 20 years in prison, she added that her “greatest regret” in life was befriending now-deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
“Moments before British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison, she acknowledged the “pain and anguished experiences” of her victims and said that her ‘greatest regret ever’ was meeting Jeffrey Epstein,” Insider reported at the time.
“In a statement to the court on Tuesday, Maxwell also said the convicted pedophile was a ‘manipulative’ and ‘controlling man’ who ‘profoundly compartmentalized his life’ and ‘fooled all those in his orbit,'” Insider added.
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