Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell went on a whirlwind tour of Australia, ‘partying on Sydney Harbour’ with the top end of town, visiting friends and kicking back at a beach resort, according to a resurfaced gossip column.
The now-disgraced pair’s adventure Down Under was detailed in a recently unearthed article buried in the 1995 Christmas Eve edition of The Sun-Herald newspaper.
The gossip item, dug up by close followers of the Epstein case, claimed the fabulously wealthy pair had visited Australian friends at the beginning of summer.
Well-known Sydney gossip columnist Ros Reines wrote how Maxwell was ‘the beautiful, feisty 34-year-old daughter of the late disgraced media baron Robert Maxwell.’
Epstein was described as a businessman ‘who is given to zipping around Manhattan in a Rolls Royce Silver Spirit’.
‘The couple is on a fleeting visit to Sydney after stepping off in Melbourne,’ Reines claimed.
The well-known gossip writer said ‘they will probably end up spending Christmas on the exclusive Lizard Island,’ a luxury Great Barrier Reef retreat.
The report’s resurfacing led trucking magnate Lindsay Fox to shoot down a rumour that Maxwell and Epstein had plans to attend a boat party he was allegedly hosting.
Via a spokesman, Mr Fox told Daily Mail Australia that he had never even met Epstein or Maxwell, or been in the city at the time.
‘Indeed, at the time of the ‘harbour cruise’ in Sydney as suggested by the article, Lindsay’s diary records confirm he was in Hawaii celebrating Christmas with family,’ the spokesman said.
Ms Reines said her report had never been queried and that she had not been sued in 18 years.
However, she said she ‘wasn’t on the invite list’ for the alleged Harbour bash.
The long-time gossip columnist added, of Maxwell: ‘She was a social star at the time.’
The quarter-of-a-century-old newspaper clipping was unearthed by the Jeffrey Epstein, Prince and the Pervert podcast.
The only prominent Australian to be linked to Epstein is Katherine Keating, the daughter of 90s-era prime minister Paul Keating.
Video emerged last year of Ms Keating leaving Epstein’s Manhattan apartment as Prince Andrew waved goodbye in 2010.
Ms Keating, who lives in the United States, once interviewed Maxwell for The Huffington Post in 2014.
Neither she or her father have ever spoken publicly about how became acquainted with the pair.
Epstein was awaiting trial on sex crimes charges when he was found dead in his New York prison cell on August 10 last year.
He was a convicted paedophile and served a 13-month prison sentence a decade ago.
Maxwell was arrested and charged with federal crimes including enticement of minors, sex trafficking, and perjury. She is awaiting trial.
A US court this month heard Maxwell is in isolation at a Brooklyn jail, with prosecutors saying that was for her own safety.
It comes as DailyMail.com published pictures of former US President Bill Clinton receiving a neck message from one of Epstein’s victims during a trip to Africa.