The glamorous Scandinavian heiress named as Jeffrey Epstein‘s lover while he was dating Ghislaine Maxwell has hit back to deny claims that she was in a sexual relationship with the paedophile financier, MailOnline can reveal.
Maxwell’s high-profile trial in New York heard sensational claims that Epstein was seeing stunning Celina Midelfart in the mid 1990s around the same time he was dating Maxwell and other women.
The claims were made by Maxwell’s former personal assistant during the trial in which she was found guilty of recruiting and trafficking young girls to be sexually abused by the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Ms Midelfart, 48 has been hiding since she was named in court as Maxwell’s love rival.
But in a statement issued through her lawyer to MailOnline, she vehemently insisted that her relationship with Epstein was a brief, professional one that finished in 1997.
The statement said: ‘[I have] never dated, or had any romantic relationship, with Epstein.’
Celina Midelfart (pictured) was named as Jeffrey Epstein’s lover while he was dating Ghislaine Maxwell during Maxwell’s child sex abuse trial in New York. Maxwell’s ex-PA told the court Epstein sent her flowers and took her on his private jet
But Ms Midelfart, now 48, has denied claims that she was ever in a romantic relationship with Epstein, insisting that they only shared business interests and that she has had nothing to do with the shamed financier for 25 years
Maxwell (left) began dating Epstein (right) in the mid-1990s, Maxwell’s personal assistant told her trial. She said that around that time Epstein was two-timing Maxwell and Ms Midelfart during that period
The glamorous blonde, who inherited her father’s health and cosmetics empire in 1995, was later romantically linked to Donald Trump before he went on to wed third wife Melania.
She was also linked to British pop-star Robbie Williams and Crown Prince Haakon, the heir to the Norwegian throne.
She has been lying low since she was sensationally named as a love rival to Maxwell at her sex trafficking trial in New York City earlier this month.
But now the mother-of-one has broken her silence to counter ‘false claims’ that she had ‘romantic relationships with Jeffrey Epstein, Donald Trump and Robbie Williams’.
A statement issued through her Oslo lawyer Kyrre Eggen said: ‘Celina Midelfart has never dated, nor had any romantic relationship, with Epstein.’
Epstein appears with his arm around Maxwell as he takes a phone call in this evidence photo
The businesswoman stated she had a brief business relationship with Epstein after she was introduced to him by a Norwegian financial adviser.
And she revealed her shock at being named at the Maxwell trial.
Ms Midelfart went on to explain that she became friends with Donald Trump after she rented an apartment from him in the 1990’s.
She added her only involvement with Robbie Williams was watching him perform at a concert in Oslo.
The statement stated: ‘The true facts are as follows: Around 25 years ago Celina Midelfart had plans to invest some funds in the US markets.
‘In that respect a Norwegian financial adviser, who had a business relationship with Epstein, advised Celina Midelfart to talk with Epstein.
‘At that point in time Epstein was a financial adviser at the renowned American brokerage house, Bear Sterns.
‘For a short period of time Celina Midelfart had some funds placed in the US markets by Bear Stearns, represented by Epstein.
‘Celina Midelfart have not had anything to do with Jeffrey Epstein after 1997.
‘It is very hard to understand how this short business-relation from around 25 years ago, has any relevance whatsoever to the very serious criminal charges against Maxwell.’
Ms Midelfart went on to deny she had had a romantic relationship with Donald Trump.
The statement said: ‘Celina Midelfart has never dated, nor had any romantic relationship, with Donald Trump.
‘The correct facts are that Celina Midelfart rented an apartment in the Trump Tower during her studies in New York in 1996 to 1998.
‘In this period of time she got to know Trump as a friend and she accompanied Trump to many, mostly work related, events.
‘They were never in a romantic relationship, but they enjoyed a mutually respectful friendship.’
The statement added: ‘Celina Midelfart has no other relation to Robbie Williams than having seen him perform once, at a concert in Oslo, Valhall, in 2003.’
Ms Midelfart declined to comment on evidence heard during the trial that she had travelled on Epstein’s private jet at least 13 times.
Ms Midelfart also denied having a fling with Donald Trump (pictured together). She said she rented an apartment in the Trump Tower during her studies in New York in 1996 to 1998 and, as a friend, attended a number of work-related events with him
She is the granddaughter of Ole Midelfart, the founder of the Midelfart cosmetics company. He founded the company in 1923.
Her father was businessman Finn-Erik Midelfart, while her mother is socialite Kristin Hermine Muhle.
In 1995 when her father died, Midelfart inherited the family’s health and cosmetics empire at the age of 22.
She became the company’s chairman in 2000, later selling the operative business to Procter & Gamble and Midsona AB, respectively.
She continued to work in business, and became Executive Chairman and 100 per cent owner of the investment company Midelfart Capital AS, which she remains to this day.
Meanwhile she is also a large shareholder and board member of the Swedish consumer finance bank Avida AB.
The former socialite married entrepreneur Tor Olav Troim in 2010 and moved to Belgravia, London. The family live in Oslo with their son, Olav, 10.
A 2017 article claimed Trøim and Midelfart earned over a billion kroner in just two years from insurance, gas and rig businesses.
They also own a stunning £4 million water-front summer house in the south-coast fishing village of Portor.
A keen tennis player, the fit businesswoman is a member of the Oslo TK tennis club and regularly competes in competitions.
Ms Midelfart married entrepreneur Tor Olav Troim in 2010 and moved to Belgravia, London. The family live in Oslo with their son. While the couple keep a low-profile they attended Princess Madeline’s wedding to Christopher O’Neill in 2013 (above)
Epstein and Ms Midelfart posed together at a reception at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, March 19, 1995
While she tends to keep a low-profile, Ms Midelfart has remained close to royalty in recent years – and was among those who attended Princess Madeline’s wedding to Christopher O’Neill in 2013, one of the last public events she was photographed at.
Following the claims made during Maxwell’s trial, she has not been seen at the waterside offices of her finance company Midelfart Capital that overlook the Oslo fjord or at her traditional three-storey town house nearby in recent weeks.
Previous reports had also claimed that Ms Midelfart had been in a relationship with Donald Trump before he dropped her for his eventual third wife Melania.
The former president supposedly ditched her in 1998, after rumours began circulating that she had dated Epstein.
Trump and Ms Midelfart were supposedly on a night out at the Kit Kat Club in New York when he saw Melania and asked her for her number.
The former First Lady refused but Trump persisted, and she eventually agreed.
Despite their history, in a 2008 interview, Trump spoke fondly of Ms Midelfart, calling her a ‘wonderful person and businesswoman.’
She later said she was following Trump’s run in the 2016 with ‘excitement and wonder like many others.’