Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite who was accused by many ladies of serving to procure underage intercourse companions for Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested Thursday in New Hampshire, the FBI mentioned.
Maxwell, who lived for years with Epstein and was his frequent journey companion on journeys all over the world, was taken into custody round 8:30 a.m., mentioned FBI spokesman Marty Feely.
An indictment made public Thursday mentioned Maxwell “assisted, facilitated and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor women by, amongst different issues, serving to Epstein to recruit, groom, and finally abuse ” women underneath age 18.
Epstein killed himself in a federal detention middle in New York final summer season whereas awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking fees.
Maxwell was accused by many ladies of recruiting them to provide Epstein massages, throughout which they have been pressured into intercourse. Those accusations, till now, by no means resulted in felony fees.
The indictment included counts of conspiracy to entice minors to journey to have interaction in unlawful intercourse acts, enticement of a minor to journey to have interaction in unlawful intercourse acts, conspiracy to move minors with intent to have interaction in felony sexual exercise, transportation of a minor with intent to have interaction in felony sexual exercise and two counts of perjury.
Messages have been despatched Thursday to a number of of Maxwell’s attorneys searching for remark. She has beforehand repeatedly denied wrongdoing and referred to as a few of the claims in opposition to her “absolute garbage.”
Among essentially the most sensational accusations was a declare by one Epstein sufferer, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, that Maxwell organized for her to have intercourse with Britain’s Prince Andrew at her London townhouse. Giuffre bolstered her allegations with an image of her, Andrew and Giuffre that she mentioned was taken on the time.
Andrew denied her story.
Maxwell was described in a lawsuit by one other Epstein sufferer, Sarah Ransome, because the “highest-ranking worker” of Epstein’s alleged intercourse trafficking enterprise. She oversaw and skilled recruiters, developed recruiting plans and helped conceal the exercise from regulation enforcement, the lawsuit alleged.