Whatever you think you may know of Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell is the key to a story that is deeper and darker than you can imagine.

My new docuseries “Chasing Ghislaine” (executive produced by @JP_Books) premieres on @discoveryplus today: links.discoveryplus.com/WZh8WLwp3kb
"Chasing Ghislaine" includes interviews I did with thirty former friends and employees of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein, as well as journalists and biographers, in order to tease apart the dense web of secrets and lies Jeffrey Epstein had spun.
The series contains re-enactments of the 450 pages of transcripts of my deeply unpleasant conversations with Epstein that occurred almost daily over several months in 2002.
In those interviews, Epstein's words demonstrate his skills of manipulation, his menace, and his monstrosity in a way that is truly chilling and, I hope, trenchantly explains why teenage girls would not have stood a chance against him.
In “Chasing Ghislaine,” I delve into the question of where, exactly, in Epstein’s web Ghislaine Maxwell belongs. How did the worldly, sophisticated Maxwell wind up in Epstein’s thrall? Was she as a much a gatekeeper as the alleged procurer she denies being?
What about all the men who were part of the socio-economic pyramid propping up Epstein? Is she about to blow their cover as she heads to trial? That’s the puzzle I try to piece together in this series.
I hope you will come with me on my journey, grim though it is, because it is so important.

You can watch “Chasing Ghislaine” on @discoveryplus now: links.discoveryplus.com/WZh8WLwp3kb

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