Ghislaine Maxwell’s husband called her a “wonderful and loving person” in a letter asking a federal judge to sign off on a $28.5 million bail package, according to newly released court papers.
“I have never witnessed anything close to inappropriate with Ghislaine,” wrote tech CEO Scott Borgerson in a letter attached to the bail application. “Quite to the contrary, the Ghislaine I know is a wonderful and loving person.”
Although Borgerson’s name is redacted, it has been widely reported that he’s her husband.
In a desperate bid to get Maxwell sprung from federal lockup, Borgerson, 44, agreed to co-sign a $22.5 million bond that represents the couple’s total net worth, according to the filing.
Seven of the British socialite’s friends and family members have stepped forward to sign another $5 million worth of bonds to help secure her release to home confinement with electronic monitoring.
Maxwell’s security firm agreed to post an additional $1 million bond.
The bail application, which included more than a dozen letters of support, was filed Dec. 4 in Manhattan federal court and unsealed on Monday.
After Maxwell’s arrest in July, US District Judge Alison Nathan rejected her $5 million bail package, calling her a serious flight risk and her financial disclosures murky. At the time, Maxwell, 58, wouldn’t reveal her husband’s name.
In the three-page letter, Borgerson wrote that “ferocious media aggression” prevented him from coming forward as a co-signer of her first bail application.
Their idyllic life in an oceanfront mansion in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., was torn apart after Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest and subsequent suicide in custody while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, he wrote. An explosion of intense media scrutiny soon followed.
“It is hard to communicate in words the feeling of being stalked, spied upon and trapped by constant, 24/7 media intrusion,” wrote the divorced father of two. His children considered Maxwell their “proxy mother” and were shocked and heartbroken when she was arrested, a family spokesman told the Daily Mail.
Borgerson said he was aware of Maxwell’s previous relationship with Epstein, but had never met or communicated with the pedophile financier.
“I believe that Ghislaine had nothing to do with Epstein’s crimes,” he wrote in the letter, which was liberally redacted.
The bail application says Maxwell had a net worth of approximately $20.2 million in 2015. After the couple tied the knot, Maxwell “transferred the majority of her assets into a trust controlled by her spouse” and an individual whose name is withheld.
In 2019, all assets in the trust, then worth $22.5 million, were distributed to Borgerson, the filing says.
At the time of her arrest, she told pretrial services that her assets totaled just $3.8 million, according to the motion.
The daughter of disgraced media titan Robert Maxwell is charged in a six-count indictment with recruiting and grooming girls and women to be abused by her and Epstein in the ‘90s.
She’s been locked up for the last five months at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she has complained of dramatic weight and hair loss from a poor diet and crippling stress.
Author : Rebecca Rosenberg