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Ghislaine Maxwell’s slimy slide from daddy’s girl to Epstein’s Girl Friday

The socialite is said to have been deeply affected by the death of her brother and ‘murder’ of her tycoon father

Camilla Tominey

Some say Ghislaine Maxwell was seeking the sort of approval from Jeffrey Epstein that she craved from Robert Maxwell, her father.

Having named his luxury yacht the Lady Ghislaine, there was no mistaking the media tycoon’s love of his ninth and youngest child, widely credited with being his favourite. Yet her childhood was overshadowed by the death, when she was just two years old, of Michael, her 15-year-old brother, in a car accident. Elisabeth, her mother, later suggested that the tragedy caused her daughter to become anorexic as a toddler.

Born in France, Maxwell, 58, grew up at Headington Hill Hall, an Oxford mansion that doubled as the offices for Maxwell’s publishing empire. Despite being of Jewish descent, she later allegedly joked about her penchant for extreme dieting: “I do it the way Nazis did it with the Jews, the Auschwitz diet. I just don’t eat.”..

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