Ghislaine Maxwell's mother-in-law dies 'of cancer' after secret marriage as Epstein's jailed 'madam' misses funeral

Ghislaine Maxwell's mother-in-law dies 'of cancer' after secret marriage as Epstein's jailed 'madam' misses funeral

11/23/2021

GHISLAINE Maxwell's mother-in-law has died after a 'battle with cancer' ahead of her blockbuster trial in New York this month, The Sun can exclusively reveal.

Last year, it was announced in court Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam had married in secret, and her husband is believed to be tech entrepreneur Scott Borgerson, 46.


Official records seen by The Sun show his 74-year-old mother Sara, a former teacher with many accolades, died on May 3, and his name was left off an online obituary.

Sources claim she had been battling cancer for many months and was left upset after Ghislaine became one of the most hated women in the world following Epstein's death.

It is not known if her son ever introduced his infamous wife to his family, although insiders told The Sun they were left in the dark about the marriage.

Sara's online obit reads: "She taught French and Spanish for 48 years at various schools, including St. Pius X High School in Crystal City, DeSoto High School and Jefferson College in Hillsboro, where she also served as associate dean of arts and sciences.

"She is survived by two children, five grandchildren and many other family members and friends.

"She enjoyed reading, cooking and jazz music. She was a master bridge player. She will be remembered for her independence, positive attitude and grace, as well as her willingness to help others."

Sara's daughter, Joelle, a high school counsellor, quietly posted a number of photographs showing her mother's declining health, while friends and family sent their best wishes and prayers as she fought on.

After her death, she also shared memories and photographs from the funeral in Missouri, as one friend wrote: "Sending you hugs. My heart breaks at your loss. Hang in there and try to keep your chin up."

The Sun has reached out to Borgerson's family for comment.

One former student also wrote on social media: "So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Borgerson. She was a passionate teacher, always made her classroom fun. I took 2 years of French underneath her tutelage, because I wanted to learn the language of love."

Ghislaine's brother Ian, who believes his sister is innocent, told Insider last month her own family also had no idea she had tied the knot.

He thinks Ghislaine distanced herself from her husband and his two young children from a previous marriage to 'refract the glare of media attention', the outlet reported.

"The kids want to go to school. The father wants to get on with this business," he said. "She says, 'Look, I can't put you through that; I'm just going to have to lay low for awhile.'"

His mom Sara and dad Chris, who divorced many years ago, refused to confirm or deny the marriage, while a family source told The Sun Ghislaine's in-laws had been left disturbed by the news.

SECRET MARRIAGE

"Scott's family are traumatized, they don't want to talk publicly and they just cannot believe they’ve been dragged into this mess," they said.

"They would not wish this on any family … his mom is overwhelmed. It's a lot for them to deal with being in the spotlight like this.

"They have had nothing to do with what Ghislaine is accused of, they are respectable people who have links to the army and police in Missouri.

"They have also shown support for the victims amongst friends, sharing that it's important not to defend those involved or make excuses for them."

Despite Scott initially denying dating Ghislaine, claiming they were just "old friends," sources insisted his relatives were well aware of their relationship, but he omitted to tell them of her link to Jeffrey Epstein.

Meanwhile, the businessman has been keeping a low profile after stepping down as CEO of his tech startup CargoMetrics so he wouldn't be a "distraction" to the Boston-based company.

Multiple sources told The Daily Beast earlier this month that Borgerson, 14 years Ghislaine's junior, is now keen to distance himself from the trial, while it is now clear he has also been mourning his mother's death.

Ghislaine's current relationship status is still unclear.

Prosecutors told pretrial services she was "in the process of divorcing her husband" although her defense attorneys argued she only made the statement to protect him.

TRAUMATIZED FAMILY

The pair are believed to have started dating around 2014, when he filed for divorce from wife Rebecca, the wife of his two children, after a tumultuous relationship.

The Sun revealed they lived in marital bliss at Borgerson's $2.4million love nest in Manchester-by-the-Sea, before she secretly relocated to New Hampshire to hide from the media, where she was busted by the FBI.

Scott is a former US Coast Guard commanding office and the pair allegedly met at an ocean preservation conference.

A court previously heard how Ghislaine is claimed to have purchased her bolthole with a ex-military man named "Scott".

Both "Scott" and Ghislaine – going by the name "Jen" – also used the same surname "Marshall," according to the realtor who worked on the sale.

Ghislaine is being held in prison in New York ahead of her trial accused of sex trafficking several victims for Epstein.

The disgraced British socialite denies six charges including enticement of minors and sex trafficking of children, which carry a maximum punishment of 80 years in prison.

From 1994 to 2004, she allegedly "facilitated and contributed" to the abuse of children by Epstein.

But she claims she is being used as a scapegoat for him after he was found dead in his cell while awaiting trial for sex crimes in August 2019.



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