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A new Peacock docuseries focuses on Ghislaine Maxwell, the former confidante of the late, disgraced Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell, 59, stands accused of helping traffic and sexually abuse girls in tandem with Epstein, who died under suspicious circumstances while in the same facility where Maxwell is currently being held without bail.
The British socialite has long remained elusive but an upcoming Peacock series aims to expose elements of her secretive life. Peacock announced Wednesday that they will be releasing a three-part investigative docuseries on Maxwell’s life and alleged crimes on June 24. “Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell” promises to reveal the “complicated and mysterious life of Ghislaine Maxwell and her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein,” according to a press release. It will also air on Oxygen on Tuesday, August 10 at 8/7c.
A trailer for the series refers to Maxwell and Epstein as an “unlikely couple.” It alleges that Maxwell, once Epstein’s girlfriend, helped connect him to the wealthy and famous. She also stands accused of introducing him to numerous teens for sex.
The docuseries features exclusive interviews as well as never-before-seen video footage related to Maxwell.
“There are many unfortunate stories of crimes committed by men against women, but when a woman like Ghislaine Maxwell is accused of this activity, it creates many questions,” director Barbara Shearer states. “This series sheds light on Maxwell’s path from her past to the present to unravel the enigma that she is, and takes us from the highest echelons of society to a Brooklyn jail cell awaiting trial while the world watches.”
Maxwell was arrested in 2020 and charged with enticement and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, as well as perjury, according to a federal indictment unsealed and previously obtained by Oxygen.com. She pleaded not guilty last year to all charges.
Epstein, who was found dead in his prison cell in August 2019 at age 66, just one month after he was arrested on sex trafficking charges, referred to Maxwell as his "best friend" in a 2003 Vanity Fair profile. However, their relationship was allegedly much more sinister than mere friendship. As the indictment states, Maxwell has been accused of recruiting and grooming teen girls, in Epstein's pyramid of sexual abuse. She was arrested by the FBI in the summer of 2020 in New Hampshire, after nearly a year of being in hiding following Epstein's arrest.
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