Ghislaine Maxwell failed to pay about $878,000 in fees to two lawyers who defended the now-convicted British socialite against criminal charges that she helped Jeffrey Epstein abuse teenage girls, a new law firm claims.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted in December of sex trafficking and is serving a 20-year prison term for her role in recruiting and grooming girls for Epstein, a financier and registered sex offender who was known for associating with elite US politicians and businessmen.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Colorado state court in Denver, law firm Haddon, Morgan and Foreman said Maxwell’s brother, Kevin, promised to pay $1 million in court but paid only $143,500, “a small fraction of the amount owed.”
Two of the firm’s attorneys, Laura Menninger and Jeffrey Palyuka, represented Ghislaine Maxwell throughout the case.
Other defendants include Kevin Maxwell and Scott Borgerson, described in the lawsuit as Ghislaine Maxwell’s husband.
The lawsuit says Kevin Maxwell told Haddon’s firm that Borgerson controlled Maxwell’s money.
Neither Menninger nor Palyuka immediately responded to requests for comment.
Maxwell’s two other attorneys, Bobby Sternheim and Christian Everdell, also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Kevin Maxwell and Borgerson could not be reached for comment.
Another brother, Ian Maxwell, told The Associated Press that the Maxwell family would not comment. Ghislaine Maxwell and her husband had separated, Maxwell’s attorneys wrote in a sentencing filing earlier this year.
Maxwell, the daughter of the late British press baron Robert Maxwell, is serving time in a prison in Tallahassee, Florida, and is appealing her sentence.
Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 at the age of 66 while awaiting trial on his own sex-trafficking charges.