Lawyers of Ghislaine Maxwell, convicted sex trafficker and longtime Jeffrey Epstein co-conspirator, no longer represent her

Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorneys have terminated their representation of the convicted sex trafficker and longtime co-conspirator Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell’s attorneys encountered a hurdle while negotiating a settlement with Epstein’s estate in the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail: she was not paying them.

The firm defending her, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, warned Maxwell on August 1 that they would seek to withdraw if they were not compensated for their services, according to the newspaper.

The Daily Mail reported that two weeks later, after not receiving the needed payments, the attorneys informed her that they would no longer be representing her.

In a letter to the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands dated August 25, however, the legal firm requested that Maxwell be given 60 days to locate new counsel.

In March 2020, Maxwell filed a lawsuit against Epstein’s estate in the Virgin Islands, alleging that it was not following Epstein’s purported financial pledges to her.

According to the Daily Mail, Maxwell stated in her lawsuit that she had been promised “indemnification for and advancement of attorneys’ fees, security costs, costs to find safe accommodation and all other expenses [she] has reasonably incurred and will incur as a result of her prior employment relationship with Jeffrey E. Epstein” after Epstein’s 2008 conviction for procuring an underage girl for prostitution.

The financier died in a federal prison cell in New York on August 10, 2019, while awaiting trial on multiple other sex trafficking-related counts.

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According to Maxwell’s lawsuit, Epstein’s estate did not “honor or even formally reply” when she filed a claim for the expenses and costs she incurred after his 2008 conviction on November 22, 2019.

Maxwell’s ability to pay for new representation is uncertain.

The 60-year-old socialite was sentenced to 20 years in jail in June for child sex trafficking and other crimes related to Epstein.

She is serving this time at a Florida prison with little security.

She has been accused of not paying her legal bills previously.

Haddon, Morgan, and Foreman, P.C., her criminal defense attorneys, sued Maxwell in August for $878,302 in unpaid costs.

They asserted that her brother, Kevin Maxwell, who was in charge of her finances during her trial and incarceration, paid a $100,000 retainer, but then delayed payments, ignored emails, and failed to complete the wire transfers he allegedly promised.

“Mr. Maxwell spent the weeks and days preceding trial convincing [the firm] that he was close to arranging financing on Ms. Maxwell’s properties that would result in more than enough cash to settle the debt,” the complaint stated.

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