Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Call-Girl Madam' Is Grasping and Has Shamed Our Family, Says Sister

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Call-Girl Madam' Is Grasping and Has Shamed Our Family, Says Sister

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Byline: NIGEL ROSSER;SHARON VAN GEUNS

THE SISTER of Margaret McDonald, the woman accused of being the multimillionaire madam at the heart of Europe's biggest callgirl ring, today said: "She is grasping and has brought shame to our family."

As French police continued to question 43-year-old McDonald in Paris, where she was arrested on Monday, her family described her as greedy and manipulative.

Her sister, Eileen Le Rossignol, said: "I don't like my sister one bit and haven't wanted anything to do with her over the past 20 years.

I'm not really even surprised she is caught up in all of this.

"Margaret has only been back to England a few times over the past few years, usually for family bereavements, like when my father died over a year ago.

But when she has come back she always asks for money. And now I hear she is earning a fortune from pimping."

She added: "My family don't want anything to do with her either. Margaret is not a nice person at all. I have seen her perhaps three times in the last 10 years."

Mrs Le Rossignol would not elaborate over what initially caused the rift between McDonald and the rest of the family 20 years ago but said: "This has devastated us and my poor, elderly mother is in a state of shock - and we don't even have anything to do with it."

Her 74-year-old mother, she said, was "ashamed" to leave her Windsor home.

"She doesn't know how to handle it. I want to go and see my mother but she is adamant she won't talk about it and wants me to stay away. So she is all alone in her house.

"She has phoned me but when I try talking to her she just dissolves into tears. It's heartbreakingfor her and a nightmare for It is believed that McDonald, who was arrested in a Paris hotel by undercover detectives, has been running one of Europe's biggest call girl rings using a computer-based agency in London.

A former classmate described McDonald as "the kind of girl who was always breaking the rules and getting away with it".

Deborah Lindsey, 42, who was at Windsor High School with her in the 1970s, said: "She was a very strong character. She was the sort of person who was always on the wrong side of the rules, but getting away with it. …

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