Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, serving a 20-year-sentence in prison, is reportedly holding “etiquette” classes for female prisoners that allegedly include guidance on “moral” behavior.
Maxwell, 52, is serving her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida.
“Taught by Mrs. Maxwell this course teaches the three principles of etiquette – focusing on respect, consideration and honesty,” a flyer for the twice-weekly sessions read, according to The Daily Mail, which quoted sources at the prison saying Maxwell taught good manners and how to conduct oneself in a business interview. Maxwell teaches about “women’s empowerment and the need to ‘maintain high moral standards,’” The Daily Mail reported.
Maxwell is reportedly conducting the classes in both English and Spanish as a Colombian inmate translates for her.
“It’s less about balancing books on heads and being ladylike, and more about having confidence in yourself – how to behave and talk in a professional manner, the secrets of success in the corporate world, that sort of thing,” a source told The Daily Mail. “Miss Maxwell’s message is, so what if you’re a woman and a convicted felon, you’re not a second class citizen. She’s an unlikely role model but she’s very passionate about this.”
Maxwell was convicted in December 2021 on five federal sex trafficking charges, including conspiracy to entice individuals under 17 to travel in interstate commerce with intent to engage in “illegal sexual activity,” conspiracy to transport individuals under 17 to travel in interstate commerce with intent to engage in “illegal sexual activity,” transportation of an individual under 17 with intent to engage in “illegal sexual activity,” conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of individuals under 18, and sex trafficking of an individual under 18.
One of Maxwell’s accusers, a woman testifying under the pseudonym “Jane,” testified that Epstein and Maxwell abused her together when she was just 14 years old. Maxwell took her on shopping trips, asked her about her life, and discussed sexual topics with her, “Jane” said.
Three other women who say they were groomed or abused by Maxwell also testified. A woman testifying under the name “Kate” told the court that Maxwell set up meetings for girls to give Epstein sexualized massages. Another woman, Carolyn, testifying only under her first name, said that she was 14 when Maxwell touched her breasts and behind and told her she “had a great body for Epstein and his friends.” Annie Farmer, testifying under her real full name, last testified on Friday and said Maxwell massaged her naked breasts when she was 16.
Mairead Elordi contributed to this article.