FBI agents preparing to storm the hideout of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend and alleged wife, in New Hampshire would have blown up almost the entire $ 4.9 million covert operation, after a neighbor complained about airplanes circling above them.
Maxwell was arrested on Thursday morning in Bradford, a small town in New Hampshire. Special agent William Sweeney later said at a press conference that the FBI "kept a discreet eye" on her for some time and that she recently moved to the property.
When the agents were preparing to move into Maxwell, a neighbor approached a convoy of vehicles that were parked nearby.
A local resident said to the mirror, “The planes have been buzzing since 5 a.m. You were a nuisance. We called to find out what the noise was about. Finally someone snapped and drove down to where the vehicles were lined up.
He wanted to know who they were and they replied that they were from the New England Aerial Map Society – it was completely fictional. The FBI's problem was that the guy is an expert in maps and geology. It is what he does for a living. "
According to this resident, the angry neighbor asked to see her van, but was told to withdraw.
FBI agents preparing to storm the hiding place of Ghislaine Maxwell in New Hampshire (photo 2016), Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend and alleged wife, would have had almost the entire covert operation of $ 4.9 million blew up after a neighbor complained about airplanes circling above them
When the agents were preparing to move into Maxwell, a neighbor approached a convoy of vehicles that were parked nearby. The neighbor interviewed the FBI about the aircraft and learned that they were from the New England Aerial Map Society. Maxwell was arrested on the property above
According to another local, the neighbor is an expert in maps and geology and didn't believe a word the agents said. Then he asked to look into their van, but was asked to withdraw. He went home and called the FBI police. Maxwell was arrested in the house upstairs
The Daily Mail revealed that Maxwell bought the 156-hectare property in cash in December, with an LLC hiding its identity. About 24 agents arrested her on Thursday morning. The house where Maxwell was arrested is nicknamed "Tuckedaway".
He told his wife and she called the FBI police. It was funny, ”the other resident told the mirror.
The Daily Mail last week revealed that Maxwell had bought the 156-hectare property in cash in December, with an LLC hiding its identity. About 24 agents arrested her on Thursday morning.
According to the mirror, she was wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt when she was arrested.
No other circumstances of her arrest are known.
During a video link court visit on Thursday afternoon, her lawyers agreed to move the case to the southern district of New York – where she is charged.
The prosecutor asked the judge to refuse her bail. She is a flight risk for an international network of friends and has access to unlimited resources.
For the time being, she was held without bail. It is unclear where she will be detained before her next appearance in court, but the judge said she would be "temporarily" detained.
A large jury returned a sealed charge against her on June 29, almost a year after the charge against Epstein, with six charges.
It accuses her of persuading underage girls to have sex, actually having sex with them and Epstein, and later lying under oath when she was sued by Virginia Giuffre Roberts, one of Epstein's accusers, who says she has sex with Prince Andrew had when she was 17.
An indictment with six charges accuses Maxwell (depicted with Epstein in 2005) accusing underage girls of having sex and actually having sex with them and Epstein
Acting lawyer for the southern district of New York, United States, Audrey Strauss gestures Thursday during a press conference to charge Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of several minor girls by Epstein
The indictment relates to incidents between 1994 and 1997 and concerns three unnamed victims, the youngest of whom was 14 years old.
The alleged abuse occurred in Epstein's homes in New York, Florida, and New Mexico, as well as in Maxwell's home in London.
Epstein has been accused of abusing dozens of other girls, and Maxwell is tangentially associated with the decades of alleged horror because, according to the prosecutors, she was always by his side or made arrangements for him and her.
Maxwell, the British socialite daughter of the late, disgraced newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell, whose impressive international network of friends and acquaintances includes the Clintons, has been a ghost since Epstein's arrest last June for sex trafficking.
She is the one who introduced him to Prince Andrew and prepared the London night in 2001 when the king was said to have had sex with Giuffre.
On Thursday, incumbent US attorney Audrey Strauss said that the investigation into Epstein's decades of abuse had not yet been completed, and would welcome Prince Andrew to come in to provide an explanation of what could lead to speculation he was among the investigators could possibly turn their attention to next.
“We would welcome Prince Andrew who comes in to speak to us. We want to take advantage of his testimony. Our doors remain open. We would welcome him when he comes in and gives us the opportunity to hear his testimony, ”she said.
It opens the door to jurisdictional issues and whether or not US lawyer Strauss can file charges for alleged London and non-American incidents.
The indictment alleges, among other things, that Maxwell cared for one of the victims in London. At her press conference, Strauss said that part of the sexual abuse had also taken place at Maxwell's home in London.
The charges against Maxwell are: conspiracy to convince minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity, seduce a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity, conspiracy to transport minors with the intention of engaging in criminals involving sexual activity, transporting a minor with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activity, and two cases of perjury.
Maxwell has not been seen since last August when she was photographed at an in-n-out burger in Los Angeles ten days after Epstein's suicide
The gate on Maxwell's property – called TuckedAway – on Thursday after her arrest
The indictment reads in part: "Ghislaine Maxwell facilitated Jeffrey Epstein's access to underage victims, knowing that he favored underage girls sexually and intended to engage in sexual activity with these victims."
When she met Epstein, she had an amazing network of influential and important friends and acquaintances around the world, many of whom say he was drawn to her.
One of the charges in the indictment is that Maxwell cared for the girls, including one in London.
"Victim 1" hit Maxwell in 1994 at the age of 14, the prosecution said. & # 39; Maxwell & # 39; took care of her by taking her to the movies and on shopping trips.
She also asked her about school, her classes, her family, and other aspects of her life.
"She then tried to normalize inappropriate and abusive behavior by, among other things, undressing in front of her and being present when she undressed in front of Epstein," the indictment says.
The trio then dealt with "group massage sex" more than once, according to the indictment.
& # 39; Victim 2 & # 39; met Ghislaine in 1996 and cleaned her at Epstein's New Mexico Ranch.
& # 39; Victim 3 & # 39; met Maxwell in London in 1994 and was cared for until 1995, where she had sex with them.
At the press conference, Strauss said: “Maxwell attracted underage girls, made them trust her, and then led them into the trap that she and Epstein had set for them.
She pretended to be a woman whom she could trust while preparing her to be sexually abused by Epstein in some cases, by Maxwell herself.
"Today, after many years, Ghislaine Maxwell is finally charged with her role in these crimes."
FBI special agent William Sweeney said the office had "been watching Maxwell" for some time.
“We have been keeping a close eye on Maxwell for some time.
"She slipped to a beautiful New Hampshire property and continued to live a privileged life while her victims continue to live with the trauma that had been inflicted on them years earlier."
Maxwell hasn't been seen since August 2019, when she was discovered in an in-n-out burger ten days after Epstein's suicide.
There were soon reports that these pictures may have been "forged" by her lawyer to hide her whereabouts.
She made no public comment about the scandal or Epstein's death last August, and her whereabouts are largely unknown.
DailyMail.com tracked her down in a small town in New England, where she lived with technical CEO Scott Borgerson in August 2019. Apart from that, their movements were a mystery.
Maxwell introduced Prince Andrew Epstein and relieved the night of 2001 in London when Andrew was supposed to have sex with Virginia Giuffre Roberts, then 17 years old. He denies that they ever met. Pictured: The Prince with Roberts as Maxwell is in the background in 2001
Since Epstein's arrest and suicide, his victims have demanded that others involved in the abuse be brought to justice. Maxwell (pictured with Epstein in 1995) was always at the top of her list
Since Epstein's arrest and suicide, his victims have demanded that others involved in the abuse be brought to justice. Maxwell was always at the top of her list.
She reportedly approached girls in high schools, country clubs, and even the streets when she thought they would suit Epstein's tastes.
She would tell them that she worked for a rich man who would help them generously if they were ready to come to his home and massage him for money, the women say.
Giuffre shared the most explosive charges against her.
She claims that Maxwell participated in her first sexual encounter with Epstein and that the three had sex regularly.
She also claims that when she tried to free herself from Epstein, Maxwell threatened her.
Others have told how Maxwell made their trip easier and taught them how to sexually satisfy the financier.
When Epstein was arrested in Palm Beach in 2007, she stood by him and wrote in a character statement that he had helped her with her father's death.
Maxwell lived with Epstein for years and was his frequent travel companion on trips around the world.
Epstein killed himself in a federal prison in New York last summer while he was waiting for the sexual trade trial.
He was first examined in Florida and pleaded guilty in 2008 to having charged him with avoiding a long prison sentence. He was released shortly after a year in prison.
For many years, Maxwell has been accused by many women of having recruited them for Epstein massages that have been pressured to have sex. These allegations have never led to criminal charges.
She faces allegations of the conspiracy to tempt minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity, to seduce a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity, the conspiracy to intimidate minors into criminal sexual activity Promote activities, the transportation of a minor with the intention of committing criminal sexual activity and two cases of perjury.
If convicted, she could face a life sentence of at least 10 years in prison on the most serious charge – the transportation of a minor with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activity.
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