The FBI arrested Epstein’s longtime girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging her with four felony sex trafficking charges stemming from her alleged grooming of teenage girls to give sexual massages to Epstein
Maxwell has, for years, been accused by many women of recruiting them to give Epstein massages.
The FBI arrested Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime girlfriend and companion, publishing heiress Ghislaine Maxwell, in New Hampshire Thursday after a federal grand jury in New York City returned an indictment charging her with four felony sex trafficking charges stemming from her alleged grooming of teenage girls to give sexual massages to Epstein.
Maxwell, 58, was also hit with two perjury charges for allegedly lying under oath during depositions in a civil suit one of the girls later filed. Epstein, who was indicted last July on federal sex trafficking charges, died in a Manhattan federal jail weeks later in an apparent suicide.
Advertisement“Maxwell was among Epstein’s closest associates and helped him exploit girls who were as young as 14 years old,” acting U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, Audrey Strauss said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. “Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend and groom minor victims for abuse. In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse herself.”
Strauss called the case against Maxwell "a prequel" to the case prosecutors filed against Epstein a year ago but had to drop after his death.The head of the New York FBI office, Assistant Director William Sweeney, blasted Maxwell as “one of the villains in this investigation.” He said she was arrested ”without incident” in Bradford, N.H. early this morning.
“We have been discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell’s whereabouts as we worked this investigation and more recently we learned she had slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims lived with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago,” Sweeney said. “We moved when we were ready.”
Maxwell was secretly indicted on Monday, court records show, after federal grand juries in most of the U.S. were suspended for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Strauss did not say if that affected the investigation, but declared: “The indictment was just recently voted and filed and that was when we were able and prepared to move to arrest her.”
The arrest of Maxwell, who went to great length to remain out of the public eye in recent years, is the most dramatic development in the long-running Epstein saga since his death last August.Maxwell was expected to appear in federal court in Concord, N.H. Thursday afternoon for an initial hearing.
From the time federal prosecutors in New York charged Epstein last July with similar sex trafficking charges, they made clear they were investigating any and all accomplices who aided the late financier during what was a years-long practice of enticing teenage girls to visit his opulent homes and provide massages that involved sexual acts.
The indictment of Maxwell tracks with the accounts of several victims by describing the heiress as a key player in recruiting and winning the trust of a steady stream of female teens to be abused by Epstein.“Maxwell first attempted to befriend some of Epstein’s minor victims prior to their abuse, including by asking about their lives, their schools, and their families,” the indictment says. “Maxwell encouraged minor victims to provide massages to Epstein, including sexualized massages during which a minor victim would be fully or partially nude.”
The charges say the grooming or abuse of at least three minors took place at Epstein’s homes on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in Palm Beach, Fla., in Santa Fe, New Mexico and at Maxwell’s home in London.Epstein also reportedly received similar massages on a private island he owned in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which was his official residence in recent years. It is not mentioned in the indictment.
In an unusual move, prosecutors did include in the indictment photos of Epstein’sluxurious residences, as well as an image of Epstein and Maxwell hugging. Early in the press conference Thursday, Strauss emerged from behind the lectern and stood pointing at the photo of the pair for more than 20 seconds as photographers snapped away.
All of the sexual abuse alleged in the indictment took place more than two decades ago, between 1994 and 1997.“It’s not easy to put together a case that goes back that far,” Strauss acknowledged.While the alleged victims are not named in the indictment, prosecutors claim Maxwell took part in the abuse of at least two of them by engaged in sexual activity with Epstein during the massages and by massaging one of the girls while she was topless.
In what may be an attempt to add fresher allegations to the case, the indictment includes two felony charges pertaining to statements Maxwell made in 2016 in a lawsuit filed against her by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she gave sexual massages to Epstein after being recruited in Florida. (The indictment twice provides an inaccurate docket number for Giuffre’s case.)
Prosecutors say Maxwell lied when she denied knowing that Epstein sought sexual massages from underage girls, when she said she did not know he had sex toys in his homes, and when she said she never gave massages to anyone, including the alleged victims.
“Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable,” Strauss told reporters.The Epstein saga has been the subject of political intrigue for more than a decade. Epstein, a wealthy financier and philanthropist, had numerous friends in elite circles of politics, academia, business and the legal community. Among those associates: President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton.
Trump flew on one of Epstein’s planes at least once, according to flight logs, while Clinton made several trips overseas on Epstein’s aircraft. Epstein was also a benefactor of the Clinton Foundation.Epstein was reportedly a regular at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. In addition, Guiffre
claimedshe was working as a towel girl at the resort when she was recruited by Maxwell to give massages to Epstein that involved sexual acts.Both Trump and Clinton say they broke off all contact with Epstein a decade or more ago. Trump has reportedly claimed he banned Epstein from Mar-a-Lago.
One key question about the charges against Maxwell is whether she might agree to cooperate with prosecutors and name other prominent figures who took part in the abuse Epstein perpetrated.Asked Thursday whether the perjury charges might undercut Maxwell’s use as a cooperator, Strauss said she doubted that would be a problem.
“People can go on from there and become cooperators. ... so, I’m not concerned about that. In the event that she were to become a cooperator, I think that we can deal with that,” the prosecutor said.Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison on the charges, although defendants typically get shorter sentences under federal sentencing guidelines.
Strauss said prosecutors plan to ask that Maxwell be held without bail. In a court filing, prosecutors called her "an extreme risk of flight."The French-born socialite, who also holds British and U.S. citizenship, has "effectively been in hiding" for since the indictment of Epstein was announced a year ago, prosecutors alleged. "Thereafter, the defendant – who had previously made many public appearances – stopped appearing in public entirely, instead hiding out in locations in New England," they added.
Prosecutors say Maxwell moved at least twice during the period, registered a cell phone under the name "G Max," and had packages delivered under another name. She took refuge in recent months on a 156-acre New Hampshire property purchased by a limited liability corporation last December, according to the prosecution.
Prosecutors urging Maxwell's detention also pointed to her wealth, saying she has been linked to at least 15 bank accounts since 2016 and sold a New York City residence that year for $15 million. Maxwell is a daughter of Robert Maxwell, a wealthy British publishing magnate who died in 1991 at age 68 after apparently falling overboard from his yacht while his companies were under investigation for pension fraud.
Much of the controversy around the Epstein case has stemmed from what many of his alleged victims called an overly lenient 2008 plea deal his lawyers struck in Florida to resolve criminal allegations about his alleged abuse of teenage girls.The legal settlement, in which federal prosecutors agreed to forgo federal charges in exchange for Epstein pleading guilty to two state prostitution offenses, resulted in Epstein serving only 13 months in a county jail — much of it on work release at his nearby office during the day.
The case drew little attention for years, but occasionally sprang into the headlines, like whenthat Giuffre claimed she was trafficked for sex to several of Epstein’s friends, including renowned attorney Alan Dershowitz and the United Kingdom’s Prince Andrew.
Both men adamantly denied Giuffre’s claims.The Epstein story also brought down a Trump Cabinet member, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta. After federal prosecutors in New York obtained a new indictment of Epstein last year, Acosta resigned due to ongoing questions about the decade-old plea agreement, which he approved as the U.S. Attorney for south Florida at the time.
Epstein was arrested last July as he flew into New Jersey from France on his private jet. His lawyers asked that he be released to home confinement in New York, but a judge refused.The following month he was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Manhattan. Authorities said he hanged himself using a bedsheet.
Last November, two guards on duty at the prison that night were latercharged with falsifying recordsto cover up their failure to perform required checks. They have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.After the indictment of Epstein last July, Prince Andrew retired from public life but said he would cooperate with the U.S. investigation. However, prosecutors have said he has yet to speak with them.
“I’m not going to comment on anyone’s status in this investigation, but I will say we would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk to us. We would like to have the benefit of his statement,” Strauss said Thursday. “Our doors are open.”An attorney for Giuffre and other women who claim that while teenagers they were abused by Epstein, Brad Edwards, welcomed word of Maxwell's indictment.
"My clients are very pleased by the news that Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested today," Edwards said in a statement. "They are also thankful for the determination that the SDNY prosecutors have demonstrated throughout their investigation. As for Ghislaine’s importance in Jeffrey Epstein’s organization as well as her loose affiliation with the truth, we have worked for years to expose both. Today brings us one step closer to justice."Read more: POLITICO »
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Did Barr’s father give Epstein a job teaching at a High School despite Epstein’s lack of a degree? Os that why Epstein is dead? Tweeterati saying that Maxwell better get full protection of she’ll may be Epsteined. I would say don’t let her get on any large boats or she may get Maxwelled like her daddy.
*sex abused children not “partners” We might as well start making the 'Ghislaine Maxwell didn't kill herself.' memes right now. Not “associate” Co-conspirator. Rapist. Child trafficker. Underage victims. They raped children. Fix your headline. 'partner'? Try 'children for sex.' Jesus. “Rape victims” not “underage sex partners” WTF is wrong with you?
Underage sex partners? Wtf ? 'Partner' implies consent! Underage rape victims! What did WJC do and when did he do it? Time to put on your Jimmy Olsen hat and get the story. Wonder how many Epstein cronies are having “sex sweats”. Wow! You guys had the backbone to at least report this bombshell! Are you willing to report further when this woman starts talking about the guests that attended the monster’s parties?
Verify the functionality of the cameras watching her holding cell. She is on borrowed time. 'she helped procure underage sex partners for financier Jeffrey Epstein' What would you have written if she has been a man? A pimp? A monster? A Rape Facilitator? She is a Pedophile !!! Underage sex partners or underage rape victims?
If she doesn't kill herself she should be tortured to death That hair color will turn white in prison!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😈👍🏾 “Underage sex partners” = raped children. What a cowardly headline. I hope Trump doesn't have her commit suicide in her poorly supervised prison cell while the CCTV is accidentally turned off. Maxwell
Better make sure she has 24/356 security so she doesn't end up like Epstein. She doesn't want to die. She will sing like a bird for immunity It's about time. Though I'm afraid Bill Barr is planning her 'suicide' as we speak. Underage sex partners. Do you even read these before tweeting? I hope she sings like a Canary.
Partners? yerblocked The evil affluent people do and whom believe they are beyond the law Alot of nervous people today Bill want be sleeping very good tonight. throneofthesun Stop posting antiseptimetism! Sing little bird, sing like your life depends on it! jordansconfused MuellerSheWrote dailybeanspod
She is not a socialite. She is an accused human trafficker. Like rapist isn’t spelled Stanford Swimmer. 'Underage sex partners' is a garbage way of saying 'victims'?!?! RIP. She'll be gone in a few weeks. Wonder if this is the woman who procured the 13 year-old Trump raped? Y'all are like 12 hours behind. Y'all are like Politic,No.
Procure sex partners? Don't you mean help him run a sex ring of underage girls? We are living in strange times. Even 5 years ago, someone with Epstein’s wealth/power would NEVER have been arrested, much less his accomplices. No wonder trump and Barr are firing NY prosecutors. PattyArquette And not to forget to numerous other clients. Just wait for her to start singing from the Epstein Ghislaine Maxwell black book. It will take long but THE IMPOTENT IMPOTUS may end up behind bars for this. Sexmaniac
PattyArquette And others I hope she doesn’t commit “suicide” while in detention. 🤷🏾♂️ I hope for the sake of all these young women harmed that the perps are also. All the powerful men that abused these women need to be exposed everyone. I bet someone we knows is on that list they were buds. Disgusting
I hope she sings like a canary- especially about Trump. This won’t end well for the Donald Poor Trump! Russia, if you’re listening, send me some of that Novichok! Trump locking up all the pedos
Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrested on sex-trafficking chargesGhislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and onetime confidant and girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested, the FBI said Thursday. She should be arrested. That jacket is hideous. 'bout friggin' time!
USA TODAY @USATODAYSDNY holds news conference addressing FBI arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein I wonder when they’re going to arrest Donald Trump. They better have 24 hour big burly guards trained in every martial arts with 20 years of sniper duty as well as advanced life support care guarding her because you know Bill and Killary are already on the prowl Trump/Dershowitz must be shitting themselves
Jeffrey Epstein Associate Ghislaine Maxwell ArrestedThe British socialite has been accused by many women of helping procure underage sex partners for Epstein. So not interested Time to start the 'suicide' watch. but Breonna Taylor’s murderers are still not charged 🤦🏼♀️
Ghislaine Maxwell Is A Well-Connected Socialite And 'Best Friend' Of Jeffrey EpsteinGhislaine Maxwell was arrested today. A socialite and friend of Jeffrey Epstein, she was featured in the Netflix documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich. About time vile, woman put her away for life Wouldn’t it be amazing if she was the one to take down trump?!
Feds arrest Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested Thursday morning as part of the continuing federal inquiry into the disgraced financier's child sex trafficking operation. Took a long time, didn’t it? Ghislaine Maxwell did not kill herself. Excellent
FBI arrests Jeffrey Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell in sex-trafficking probeJeffrey Epstein's long-time friend and alleged procurer Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested on charged related to an ongoing probe of Epstein's alleged sexual abuse. Nice. Trump 2020 Not 'sex trafficking.'. HUMAN TRAFFICKING. TRAFFICKING OF UNDERAGE HUMAN FEMALES. Please use the right words. Doing otherwise further dehumanizes exploited girls. Suicide otw