Ghislaine Maxwell learned that her young husband had “moved on” with a pretty yoga instructor during a tense phone call behind bars.
Scott Borgerson, 46, secretly married Maxwell, 60, in 2016 after splitting from his first wife and mother of his two children.
He initially swore to back Maxwell and even offered to put up millions of pounds of joint assets as part of his $28.5 million bail request.
But today I can reveal that the marriage is over.
A close friend of Maxwell’s told me: ‘There was a dramatic phone call between them, while she was in solitary confinement. It became contentious.
“Scott told him he was gone and seeing someone else.
Scott Borgerson, 46, secretly married Ghislaine Maxwell (both pictured in 2013), 60, in 2016 after splitting from his first wife and mother of his two children
Borgerson (left) was seen near his home with his new girlfriend Kris McGinn (right), 49, a writer and yoga instructor
“The marriage had passed here and there. It’s finish. The marriage was over before the trial began.
Another source told the MoS: ‘He did not attend a single day of his trial. Read in there what you want.
Borgerson, a tech CEO, lived with Maxwell in 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 house “to protect his stepchildren”.
The source said: “Once their house was discovered, she left, mainly to protect the children. They were being teased at school. Anyone associated with Ghislaine finds her becoming toxic.
“When Epstein died, the Maxwell family decided to protect their sister from the media and people who might harm her. She received numerous death threats. The Maxwells insisted on firing her but Scott insisted he could protect her if someone tried to invade their property.
“Scott would fly to see her when she traveled.
“Some of Ghislaine’s siblings were initially surprised to learn that she and Scott were secretly married. Although one of the siblings got on well with him and developed a cordial relationship.
Maxwell hired a former British special forces soldier, Matt Hellier, to guard it and went from ‘safe house’ to ‘safe house’ before eventually buying a ‘Tukedaway’ house in little Bradford, New Hampshire for 1 million dollars in cash at the start of 2020.
Borgerson and his children visited “most weekends.”
“They continued to live as a family. They were happy. Then everything fell apart.
In July 2020, dozens of FBI agents broke down the gates of the property and arrested Maxwell on the child molestation and sex trafficking charges she was convicted of this week.
She faces a maximum of 65 years in prison.
A source said: “The relationship with Scott was a real love affair. But after Epstein took his own life (in August 2019) and attention turned to Ghislaine, their relationship became strained.
In July 2020, dozens of FBI agents broke down the gates of the property and arrested Maxwell on the child molestation and sex trafficking charges she was convicted of this week (court sketch above)
“At first Scott supported her and wrote letters to the court and offered joint assets to try and get Ghislaine on bail.
“But she has been behind bars for 549 days now. This put terrible pressure on the marriage.
Borgerson was pictured near his home with his new girlfriend Kris McGinn, 49, a writer and yoga instructor.
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’s a former coast guard who works with ocean charities while Maxwell at the time ran ‘TerraMar’, an online site devoted to ocean stories.
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 it and she’s not about to start now.’
A friend of Maxwell’s said the only hope now was for the divorce to be amicable, adding: “They hope this marriage can be dissolved amicably and quickly.”
Borgerson was spotted driving an expensive Tesla electric car.
Maxwell’s friend said: ‘The expensive cars are his. The Mini Cooper was at Ghislaine.
Maxwell’s family remains devoted to him and determined to prove his innocence. They have already hired specialized appeal lawyers.
The source added: “She was disappointed by several former close friends who abandoned her. An ex-boyfriend was asked to come forward and talk about the woman he loved, defend his character in front of the court, and he said “no way!”
“But his brothers and sisters remain faithful and united. They believe in her innocence and they believe that one day she will be free. They put aside their own friendships, reputations and business opportunities to support their sister. They believe she will prevail.
Daphne Barak is an author and filmmaker wPast interviews include Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Donald Trump, Mariah Carey and Amy Winehouse. His documentary on Ghislaine Maxwell – which will be broadcast on ITV and CBS-Paramount Plus in collaboration with Freemantle – is due next month. To learn more about Ghislaine Maxwell, visit: www.og2d.com