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Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidant and former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday and is facing multiple sex abuse charges stemming from an alleged sex trafficking conspiracy 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 Manhattan’s Upper East Side, his residence in Palm Beach, Fla., his ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and to Maxwell’s house in London– to engage in illegal sex acts
The article goes on to state the following:
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.
Prosecutors tweeted Thursday after a press briefing, “Acting USA Strauss: As alleged, Ghislaine Maxwell facilitated, aided, and participated in acts of sexual abuse of minors. Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, and then delivered them into the trap that she and Jeffrey Epstein had set.
“Maxwell pretended to be a woman these victims could trust. All the while, she was setting them up to be abused sexually by Epstein and, in some cases, by her. Today, after many years, Ghislaine Maxwell finally stands charged for her role in these crimes.”
2/2: Maxwell pretended to be a woman these victims could trust. All the while, she was setting them up to be abused sexually by Epstein and, in some cases, by her. Today, after many years, Ghislaine Maxwell finally stands charged for her role in these crimes.
— US Attorney SDNY (@SDNYnews) July 2, 2020
— US Attorney SDNY (@SDNYnews) July 2, 2020
Forbes reporter Lisette Voytko noted that Maxwell has 3 passports, possesses over 15 bank accounts w/balances ranging from 100s of thousands of dollars to over $20 million, and is considered an extreme flight risk.
What we’ve learned about Ghislaine Maxwell in a SDNY detention memo:
– she has 3 passports
– she has over 15 bank accounts w/balances ranging from 100s of thousands of dollars to over $20 million
– SDNY says she “poses an extreme risk of flight” pic.twitter.com/qImzShUVDZ
— Lisette Voytko (@lisettevoytko) July 2, 2020
The FBI stated after Maxwell’s arrest, “We learned she had slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims continue to live with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago. We moved when we were ready.”
FBI on Ghislaine Maxwell arrest: “We learned she had slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims continue to live with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago. We moved when we were ready”
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) July 2, 2020
A press release on the Department of Justice website provides the following:
From at least 1994 through at least 1997, GHISLAINE MAXWELL assisted, facilitated, and participated in Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Jeffrey Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to MAXWELL and Epstein to be under the age of 18. The victims were as young as 14 years old when they were groomed and abused by MAXWELL and Epstein, both of whom knew that their victims were in fact minors. As a part and in furtherance of their scheme to abuse minor victims, MAXWELL and Epstein enticed and caused minor victims to travel to Epstein’s residences in different states, which MAXWELL knew and intended would result in their grooming for and subjection to sexual abuse.
As alleged, MAXWELL enticed and groomed minor girls to be abused in multiple ways. For example, MAXWELL attempted to befriend certain victims by asking them about their lives, taking them to the movies or taking them on shopping trips, and encouraging their interactions with Epstein. MAXWELL also acclimated victims to Epstein’s conduct simply by being present for victim interactions with Epstein, which put victims at ease by providing the assurance and comfort of an adult woman who seemingly approved of Epstein’s behavior. Additionally, to make victims feel indebted to Epstein, MAXWELL would encourage victims to accept offers of financial assistance from Epstein, including offers to pay for travel or educational expenses. MAXWELL also normalized and facilitated sexual abuse by discussing sexual topics with victims, encouraging them to massage Epstein, and undressing in front of a victim.
As MAXWELL and Epstein intended, these grooming behaviors left minor victims vulnerable and susceptible to sexual abuse by Epstein. MAXWELL was then present for certain sexual encounters between minor victims and Epstein, such as interactions where a minor victim was undressed, and ultimately MAXWELL was present for sex acts perpetrated by Epstein on minor victims. That abuse included sexualized massages during which a minor victim was fully or partially nude, as well as group sexualized massages of Epstein involving a minor victim where MAXWELL was present.
As alleged, minor victims were subjected to sexual abuse that included, among other things, the touching of a victim’s breasts or genitals, placing a sex toy such a vibrator on a victim’s genitals, directing a victim to touch Epstein while he masturbated, and directing a victim to touch Epstein’s genitals. MAXWELL and Epstein’s victims were groomed or abused at Epstein’s residences in New York, Florida, and New Mexico, as well as MAXWELL’s residence in London, England.
If convicted on all charges, Maxwell, 58, faces up to 35 years in prison.
WATCH the video below as federal charges were announced against Maxwell on Thursday:
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