Ghislaine Maxwell failed to pay Denver law firm in Epstein case, lawsuit says

A Denver law firm this week sued Ghislaine Maxwell, her brother and her husband in a bid to recover more than $878,000 the firm says it owes for its work defending Maxwell in the Jeffrey Epstein criminal conspiracy case. At New York.

Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, PC, filed the lawsuit Monday in Denver District Court, naming Maxwell, her brother, Kevin Maxwell, and Scott Borgerson, identified as her husband in the lawsuit, as respondents in the case.

On June 29, 2020, Ghislaine Maxwell was indicted in New York for her involvement in facilitating the sexual abuse of underage girls by financier Jeffrey Epstein. She retained Haddon, Morgan and Foreman – who had previously represented her in civil cases related to Epstein – to defend her in the criminal case.

The high-profile Denver firm previously defended Kobe Bryant in his Colorado sexual assault case and represented the parents of JonBenét Ramsey.

In December 2021, a jury found Maxwell guilty of sex trafficking, transporting a minor to participate in unlawful sex acts, and two counts of conspiracy. In June, Maxwell, the jet-set socialite who once dated royals, presidents and billionaires, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the infamous case.

Epstein committed suicide in 2019 while in custody and awaiting trial.

Maxwell, who remained in custody throughout her criminal case, told Haddon, Morgan and Foreman that her brother, Kevin, would “coordinate the financial aspects of her defense, including paying HMF’s attorney fees as well than the fees advanced by the firm,” according to the 18-page complaint.

Early in the case, Haddon, Morgan and Foreman expressed concern about her role and “Ms. Maxwell’s willingness and ability to meet her financial obligations,” according to the lawsuit.

On August 11, 2020, Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, through a shareholder, informed Kevin Maxwell that the company “could no longer represent” his sister.

Two days later, Kevin Maxwell and Haddon, Morgan and Foreman reached an agreement in which “he would personally guarantee and agree to maintain a balance of $100,000 in the firm’s client trust account at all times,” according to the trial.

As of November 2020, “Ms. Maxwell’s term has expired,” according to the complaint. As of January 4, 2021, she owed the company $141,160.

“To prevent HMF from pulling out, Mr. Maxwell made a handful of sporadic payments,” the complaint states. “Despite his promises, however, he never updated Ms Maxwell’s account, let alone refreshed the evergreen warrant.”

Maxwell’s criminal trial has been set for December 2, 2021.

John Minchillo, Associated Press

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks at a press conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of several underage girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York.

“In light of Mr. Maxwell’s past failure to honor his commitments, HMF demanded a trial retainer of $1 million to cover anticipated fees and costs,” the lawsuit states.

On November 5, 2021, a shareholder of Haddon, Morgan and Foreman informed Kevin Maxwell that without immediate payment, “the company could not continue working on the matter”.

On December 12, 2021, “the shareholder followed up with Mr. Maxwell, requesting an update on the status of the loan and trial deposit”.

Maxwell told Haddon, Morgan and Foreman that Borgerson “controlled Mrs. Maxwell’s money and was responsible for delaying payments to the company.”

In December 2019, Borgerson had formed an entity in New Hampshire called Granite Realty LLC, and he was its only member, according to the complaint.

Public records indicate that in May 2022, Borgerson sold a property, a Boston condominium, for $2.15 million, according to the complaint.

Following Maxwell’s conviction, Borgerson listed an estate in Bradford, Massachusetts, for $7.295 million, “claiming that Mrs. Maxwell had no ownership interest in the property”.

On January 3, 2022, Ghislaine Maxwell owed Haddon, Morgan and Foreman $956,671 in advanced fees and costs, according to the lawsuit. Ten days later, Kevin Maxwell paid the law firm $143,500. Kevin Maxwell made no further payments, according to the complaint.

As of June 27, 2022, Maxwell’s outstanding balance was $878,302, excluding interest, according to the lawsuit.

“Mr. Maxwell breached the agreement by failing to pay the advanced services and expenses on behalf of Ms. Maxwell,” the lawsuit alleges.

Kevin Maxwell made “false statements” to the company about “the payment schedule, alleged loans, financing arrangements and liquidity which were later found to be false,” the complaint states. Borgerson “wrongfully encumbered the assets, common physical assets and/or assets of Ms. Maxwell pledged to fund her defense, impeding her ability to perform her obligations under the fee agreement.”

Haddon, Morgan and Foreman is seeking to collect the amount owed, contractual interest and collection costs.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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