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Ghislaine Maxwell learned her young husband had ‘moved on’ with a pretty yoga instructor in a tense phone call behind bars.
Scott Borgerson, 46, secretly married Maxwell, 60, in 2016 after splitting with his first wife and mother of his two children.
He had initially vowed to stand by Maxwell and even offered to put up millions of pounds of joint assets as part of her $28.5 million bail plea.
But today I can reveal the marriage is over.
A close friend of Maxwell’s told me: ‘There was a dramatic phone call between them, while she was in jail in solitary confinement. It became confrontational.
‘Scott told her he had moved on and was seeing someone else.
Scott Borgerson, 46, secretly married Ghislaine Maxwell (both pictured in 2013), 60, in 2016 after splitting with his first wife and mother of his two children
Borgerson (left) has been seen near his home with new girlfriend Kris McGinn (right), 49, a writer and yoga teacher
‘The marriage was past tense there and then. It’s over. The marriage was over before the trial started.’
Another source told the MoS: ‘He did not attend a single day of her trial. Read into that what you will.’
Borgerson, a tech CEO, had been living with Maxwell at a beachfront home in Manchester-on-Sea, Massachusetts, but when Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in 2019 and charged with child sex crimes, Maxwell fled the home ‘to protect her stepchildren’.
The source said: ‘Once their home had been discovered she left, mostly to protect the children. They were being teased at school. Anyone associated with Ghislaine finds they become toxic.
‘When Epstein died the Maxwell family decided to protect their sister from the media and people who might be out to hurt her. She had a lot of death threats. The Maxwells insisted on sending her away but Scott insisted he could protect her if someone tried to invade their property.
‘Scott would fly to see her when she was traveling around.
‘Some of Ghislaine’s siblings were surprised, at first, to learn she and Scott were secretly married. Though one of the siblings did hit it off with him and developed a cordial relationship.’.’
Maxwell hired a former British special forces soldier, Matt Hellier to guard her and moved from ‘safe house’ to ‘safe house’ before eventually buying a home ‘Tukedaway’ in tiny Bradford, New Hampshire for $1 million cash at the start of 2020.
Borgerson and his children would visit ‘most weekends.’
‘They continued to live as a family. They were happy. Then it all came crashing down.’
In July 2020, dozens of FBI officers broke down the gates to the property and arrested Maxwell on the child sex charges and sex trafficking charges she was convicted of this week.
She faces a maximum of 65 years in jail.
A source said: ‘The relationship with Scott was a real love story. But after Epstein killed himself (in August 2019) and the focus turned to Ghislaine, their relationship became strained.
In July 2020, dozens of FBI officers broke down the gates to the property and arrested Maxwell on the child sex charges and sex trafficking charges she was convicted of this week (court sketch above)
‘At first Scott stood by her and wrote letters to the court and offered joint assets to try and get Ghislaine our on bail.
‘But she has been behind bars for 549 days now. It put a terrible strain on the marriage.’
Borgerson has been photographed near his home with new girlfriend Kris McGinn, 49, a writer and yoga teacher.
Neither Borgerson nor McGinn have commented on their relationship. When approached by reporters last month, Borgerson snapped: ‘Go away!’
Maxwell and Borgerson first met in 2013 at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik.
He is a former coast guard who is works with ocean charities while Maxwell, at the time, ran ‘TerraMar’, an online site devoted to articles about the ocean.
In 2015, Borgerson’s 14-year-marriage to his first wife Rebecca ended in divorce.
Maxwell and Borgerson (pictured) first met in 2013 at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik
Last night a close friend of Rebecca said she would not comment on the end of Borgerson’s relationship with Maxwell: ‘Rebecca has never spoken about this and she’s not about to start now.’
A friend of Maxwell’s said the only hope now is that the divorce will be amicable, adding: ‘They hope this marriage can be dissolved amicably and quickly.’
Borgerson has been spotted driving an expensive Tesla electric car.
Maxwell’s friend said: ‘The expensive cars are his. The Mini Cooper was Ghislaine’s.’
Maxwell’s family remains devoted to her and determined to prove her innocence. They have already hired special appellate lawyers.
The source added: ‘She has been disappointed by several former close friends who have abandoned her. An ex-boyfriend was asked to come forward and talk about the woman he loved, to defend her character in court, and he said ‘no way!’
‘But her siblings remain loyal and united. They believe in her innocence and they believe that one day she will walk free. They have put their own friendships, reputations and business opportunities aside to support their sister. They believe she will prevail.’
Daphne Barak is an author and filmmaker whose past interviews have included the likes of Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Donald Trump, Mariah Carey and Amy Winehouse. Her documentary on Ghislaine Maxwell – to be broadcast on ITV and CBS-Paramount Plus in collaboration with Freemantle – is expected next month. For more on Ghislaine Maxwell go to: www.og2d.com