Ghislaine Maxwell, a long-time girlfriend and alleged accomplice of convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested Thursday morning and charged by federal prosecutors in New York with six counts in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation into Epstein’s accomplices, according to court records and a person familiar with the matter.
According to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday, Maxwell is charged with enticing and arranging minors to travel to participate in unlawful sexual activities, transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to participate in criminal sexual conduct, and with two counts of perjury.
“In particular, from at least in or about 1994, up to an including at least in or about 1997, Maxwell assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18,” the indictment says. Those victims, according to the indictment, included girls as young as 14 years old.
Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday morning, said Nicholas Biase, a US Attorney’s office spokesperson.
She was arrested without incident, FBI spokesman Martin Feely tells, noting that Maxwell will make her first appearance in New Hampshire but is being tried in New York’s Southern District. Maxwell, whose whereabouts have been unclear since Epstein’s arrest last summer, has been under investigation by the US Attorney’s office in Manhattan to facilitate Epstein’s recruitment of young girls and females. Women who said they were harassed by Epstein also named her in several lawsuits.
Before his death, Epstein was charged with operating a trafficking business in which he paid hundreds of dollars in cash to girls as young as 14 to have sex with him at his home in the Upper East Side and his estate in Palm Beach, collaborating with employees and associates to attract the girls to his residences and paying some of his victims to hire other girls for violence.
Since Epstein’s suicide in August 2019, public pressure has increased to keep those who aided him — including possibly Maxwell and a coterie of young women who reportedly served under her — responsible not just for his acts but also for their own positions.
Ghislaine Maxwell has been a major subject of the inquiry. She has denied misconduct, though at least one of her accusers was branded “a liar.” in a deposition.
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