Ghislaine Maxwell, Longtime Associate of Jeffrey Epstein, Charged in Sex Crimes Probe
Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime associate of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested this morning in New Hampshire. Federal prosecutors in New York charged her with six counts related to recruiting and grooming underage girls for abuse by her then-boyfriend, Epstein. According to a federal indictment unsealed today, the charges include enticement and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two counts of perjury.
Maxwell, the daughter of the late media mogul, Robert Maxwell, has reportedly been under investigation for months in connection to her role as an accomplice to Epstein’s long and well-documented history of sexually abusing young girls. Epstein committed suicide while in federal custody last year. Maxwell and Epstein reportedly dated for several years, and she is alleged to have played an integral role in recruiting and grooming young girls for him to abuse.
The indictment alleges that beginning in approximately 1994, Maxwell “enticed and groomed multiple minor girls to engage in sex acts with Jeffrey Epstein, through a variety of means and methods.” Acting U.S. Attorney, Audrey Strauss, referred to the sex abuse outlined in the Maxwell case “the prequel” to the charges her office filed last year against Epstein which included alleged acts of abuse in the early 2000s. Strauss oversees the federal prosecutors office in the Southern District of New York.
“Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend, and groom minor victims for abuse,” she said. “In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse herself.”
Additionally, the indictment states that between 1994 and 1997, “Maxwell 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 known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18.”
The indictment identifies Maxwell as the principal recruiter for victims of Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, and describes her relationship with three victims identified as Minor Victim-1, Minor Victim-2, and Minor Victim-3.
Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s New York office, William Sweeney, confirmed during a Thursday news conference that authorities have “been discreetly keeping tabs” on Maxwell. Sweeney noted officials made their move to arrest Maxwell upon hearing she recently “slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire.” The indictment was filed under seal on June 29.
Maxwell waived her right to a detention hearing during a teleconference appearance in New Hampshire federal court. The judge ordered her remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. She will reportedly be transferred to New York for a detention hearing.
Maxwell’s attorney, Lawrence Vogelman, declined to comment on the charges. Maxwell steadfastly maintained her innocence for several years, and in a deposition reportedly called one of her accusers “a liar.” If convicted on the most serious charges, she faces up to 35 years in prison.