Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend and suspected woman accused of caring for young girls, was arrested for sex trafficking and perjury.
The FBI detained her in Bradford, a small town in New Hampshire, on Thursday morning. She is later to appear before a federal court.
A large jury returned six charges against her, accusing her of inciting underage girls to have sex with them and Epstein, and later lied to investigators when she was sued by Virginia Giuffre Roberts, one of Epstein's became prosecutors who said that she had sex with Prince Andrew at 17.
The indictment dates back to 1994 and relates to three anonymous victims, the youngest of whom was 14 when she allegedly met the British celebrity.
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.
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.
It was she who introduced him to Prince Andrew and prepared the London night in 2001 when the king was said to have sex with Virginia Giuffre Roberts, then 17 years old.
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Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein in 2005. He killed himself in prison last year
The charges 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 criminal sexual activity to participate in the transportation of a minor with the intention of participating in criminal sexual activity and to commit 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.
The prosecution claims;
- Between 1994 and 1997, Maxwell looked after three anonymous girls under the age of 18 in London, New York and Florida, as well as in New Mexico
- She encouraged her to travel to meet Epstein and engage in sexual activity with him
- She lied in 2016 when Virginia Giuffre Roberts sued that she never cared for herself or had sex with underage girls
Conspiracy to convince minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity (maximum sentence 5 years)
Seducing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity (20 years)
Conspiracy to transport minors with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
Promotion of a minor intending to engage in criminal sexual activity (minimum 10 years, maximum life)
X 2 counts of perjury (x 10 years)
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.
Among them are Bill and Chelsea Clinton.
She was photographed at Chelsea's wedding and also flew with Clinton in Epstein's private jet, which was referred to as the "Lolita Express" for bringing young girls to his private Caribbean island or ranch in New Mexico.
She was also photographed at parties with Epstein and Donald and Melania Trump years before Epstein became a social pariah.
One of the charges in the indictment is that Maxwell cared for the girls, including one in London.
Maxwell met "victim 1" in 1994 at the age of 14, the indictment said.
& # 39; Maxwell & # 39; took care of her by taking her to the cinema 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.
Her lawyers have relentlessly denied allegations that she has been involved in Epstein's abuse of dozens of young girls for years by denying her civil actions.
However, she hasn't been seen since August 2019, when she was discovered at an in-n-out burger ten days after Epstein's suicide.
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 (pictured) when Andrew reportedly had sex with Virginia Giuffre Roberts, then 17 years old. He denies that they have ever met
Maxwell with Prince Andrew at Ascot in the UK in 2000
Maxwell has an amazing network of top-class friends and acquaintances. It will be shown at the 2010 Chelsea Clinton wedding
Maxwell and Bill Clinton on the Lolita Express – Epstein's private jet that took underage girls to his private Caribbean island and ranch in New Mexico
Maxwell with Epstein and Donald and Melania Trump in 2000
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
Since Epstein's arrest and suicide, his victims have demanded that others involved in the abuse be brought to justice.
Met Maxwell in 1994 at the age of 14.
Epstein and Maxwell both encouraged her to travel to Epstein's Florida and New York residences where she had sex with them
Met Maxwell in 1996 at Epstein's ranch in New Mexico, where she had sex with them
Met Maxwell in London in 1994 and was cared for until 1995, where she had sex with them
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.
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