The anecdote is included in Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, a documentary series airing on Lifetime this coming Sunday and Monday (9 and 10 August).
In the fourth and final episode, Christopher Mason, a former acquaintance of Maxwell’s, alleges that she once expressed her interest in Hilton to a friend of his during a party.
“A friend of mine was at a party and Ghislaine said, ‘Oh my God, who’s that?’ and was looking at this pretty, young, sort of teenage girl,” Mason says.
“And she said, ‘Do you know her?’ My friend said, ‘Yes, she’s called Paris Hilton.’ And Ghislaine said, ‘God, she’d be perfect for Jeffrey. Could you introduce us?’”
The documentary shows a photo of Paris Hilton, Donald Trump, and Maxwell at a fashion show in September 2000. Hilton was 19 years old when the picture was taken.
Maxwell was arrested last month on charges that she conspired with Epstein to sexually abuse minors.
She has pleaded not guilty and her lawyers have alleged that she has been made a scapegoat following Epstein’s death last year.
The Independent has contacted Maxwell’s attorneys for comment.