Crime Ghislaine Maxwell indictment: How Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam groomed his victims
FBI arrests Jeffrey Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell in sex-trafficking probe
Jeffrey 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.The arrest comes just days before the anniversary of Epstein's arrest in the case on child sex traffic charges. The wealthy investor Epstein, 66, killed himself in a federal jail last August.
's longtime confidant and former girlfriend was arrested Thursday and is facing multiple sex abuse charges stemming from an alleged involving underage girls.
In a six-count indictment unsealed after her arrest, prosecutors allege Maxwell enticed minors to travel to Epstein's multiple residences-- including a multi-story apartment on, his residence in ., his ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and to Maxwell's house in London-- to engage in illegal sex acts
Former Jeffrey Epstein companion Ghislaine Maxwell arrested
Former Jeffrey Epstein companion Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire. a Maxwell, 58, was charged by the Southern District of New York, which did not stop investigating Epstein's associates after his death, with conspiring to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, perjury and other offenses.
Prosecutors say that from 1994 to at least 1997 Maxwell -- who dated Epstein while the alleged abuses were taking place -- "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" whom they knew were under the age of 18.
Maxwell allegedly attempted to, by "asking the victims about their lives, their schools, and their families."
Prosecutors allege that both Maxwell and Epstein spent time with the girls, taking them on outings to the movies or shopping trips in an attempt to court them and gain their trust.
How Ghislaine Maxwell Managed to Evade Capture For Nearly a Year
Jeffrey Epstein's former acquaintance Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by federal authorities on Thursday after using various tactics to avoid detection for nearly a year, prosecutors say.On Thurs., July 2, federal authorities announced the arrest of the 58-year-old on six counts for her alleged involvement in the Epstein abuse case. She's previously denied any wrongdoing.
Maxwell, 58, would also "try to normalize sexual abuse" by discussing sexual topics, undressing in front of the victims, or being present during sexual encounters between the girls and Epstein, which "helped put the victims at ease because an adult woman was present."
Maxwell allegedly initiated massages on Epstein to groom at least three girls, and encourage them to perform sexualized massages on him as well, an act of foreplay before Epstein sexually abused the minors sometimes using sex toys and other objects, the indictment said.
Prosecutors said Maxwell, working as Epstein's associate, "facilitated" his access to young girls because she knew he had a "preference for underage girls," and that the pair lauded money, the opportunity to travel and educational opportunities over the victims as an incentive to the sexual encounters.
Maxwell was charged with two counts of perjury, after testifying to a grand jury, among other things, that she never gave Epstein or an underage victim a massage, and that she was unaware that the disgraced financier possessed or used sex toys during sexual activities.
Several victims have come forward alleging that Maxwell acted as a "madame" and connected them with high profile men to engage in illicit sexual activities. One victim says Maxwell shuffled her across the world to, claims both Maxwell and Andrew deny.
Maxwell is facing up to life in prison for transporting a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers cite COVID-19 concerns, push for $5M bond and home confinement .
Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who was best buddies with disgraced sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein, are arguing she be released from lock-up due to health risks from COVID-19.Maxwell was arrested on July 2 in New Hampshire on charges she conspired with Epstein to sexually abuse minors and then lied to prosecutors about it.