British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell “was the most hunted lady” in the world while hiding from Jeffrey Epstein’s accusations, her security adviser has said.
Matt Hellyer, a former SAS soldier (British Special Forces), detailed his extensive efforts to stay under the radar, saying, “We would never stay in one place for long.”
“She was the most hunted lady in the United States and indeed in the world, but she needed to get out,” the former police officer told an upcoming documentary series for Paramount +.
Epstein’s death in his prison cell in August 2019 led to renewed interest in the scandal, and shortly after, Maxwell was photographed while out for burgers in Los Angeles.
In November 2019, British newspaper The sun also offered a reward of £ 10,000 ($ 13,420) for information about her whereabouts, the same month her friend Prince Andrew gave a car accident interview about the Epstein charges against him.
Hellyer said, “It took minutes for someone to recognize her, take a picture and send it to the press, and we had to make her disappear again.”
“We put two people who look like Ghislaine and [her brother] Kevin in the eyes of the public in a well-known street in Paris, “he added.
The lure operation led to media reports of a rumor of having seen Maxwell in Paris in June 2020.
Maxwell was arrested in a secluded mansion in New Hampshire in July 2020 during a raid by FBI agents who found her cell phone wrapped in tin foil, and prosecutors have previously told the court in New York that she was trying to flea.
However, Maxwell’s lawyer has previously said that it was the media, not law enforcement, that she had tried to outwit before that time.
The FBI was able to find her using a fake cellphone mast, known as a Stingray, to increase her signal and trick her cellphone into revealing its location.
A statement revealed in court revealed the technical agents used.
It showed that agents requested permission to “use one or more investigative units capable of transmitting signals that will be received by” Maxwell’s telephone “or receiving signals from nearby cell phones.”
Hellyer said, “We thought it was a bit of an overkill. It was more Hollywood than real life.”
Maxwell is due to stand trial for sex trafficking later this month. She denies all charges.