Epstein’s Ex Ghislaine Maxwell Has Been Arrested & Charged With Grooming & Trafficking Underage Girls
Ghislaine Maxwell, the ex-partner of the late Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested and charged yesterday morning in her New Hampshire home. Reports by The Guardian confirm that the charges against her include six counts relating to the sexual abuse and trafficking of minors.
For years, Ghislaine has dodged the claims that she aided Epstein in his pursuit of young women and his sex crimes. These charges reflect what victims have been alleging for decades: that Ghislaine was integral in their sexual abuse. The charges laid out against her by the FBI reportedly include conspiracy to entice minors to travel in order to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation of minors for criminal sexual activity and perjury, all taking place from 1994 to 1997.
“You will recall that the indictment against Jeffrey Epstein charged Epstein with sexual abuse from 2002 through 2005,” said Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss per The Guardian's reports. “This case against Ghislaine Maxwell is the prequel to the earlier case.”
“Starting in 1994 until at least 1997, Maxwell had a personal and professional relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell was among Epstein’s closest associates and helped him exploit girls who were as young as 14 years old.”
“Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend and groom minor victims for abuse,” she said.
Strauss alleged Maxwell would develop a “rapport” with the victims, taking them to the movies and shopping, before trying to normalise sexual abuse by discussing sexual topics with the women and undressing in front of them.
The abuse included sexualised massages and sexual encounters, in which she “sometimes participated in”, Strauss said.
“She pretended to be a woman they could trust. All the while she was setting them up to be sexually abused by Epstein and in some cases by Maxwell herself.”
Assistant director of the office, Bill Sweeney, said authorities heard Ms Maxwell had “slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire [where was] continuing to live a life of privilege.” “We moved when we were ready and Ms Maxwell was arrested without incident,” he said.
Maxwell has denied any knowledge of Epstein’s sexual misconduct and called some of the claims “absolute rubbish”.
Epstein died in jail in August 2019, while awaiting trial for federal sex trafficking charges.
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