Recently, news emerged that the famous British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been charged and arrested by the FBI in the US. She is Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, who was a convicted pedophile and ran a sex trafficking ring. Maxwell is accused of helping Epstein abuse minors and recruit as well as groom his victims.
She was arrested in New Hampshire, and currently in the process of being transferred to New York. Aged 58, Ghislaine Maxwell has previously denied any involvement in Epstein’s sexual misconduct. But, that is not the case according to the FBI. Epstein died in prison last year on August 10th. According to the prosecutors, Maxwell helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14. But, that merely scratches the surface.
What are the charges against her?
The charges relate to events that took place between 1994-97. They say that during this time, Maxwell would recruit and groom underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein. She would do so by taking them shopping, or to the movies. Moreover, she would ask them personal details about their families and friends.
She would further try and normalize sexual abuse for the minors by discussing sexual topics with them and even undressing herself and the minors. In some cases, she was present when the minors and Epstein engaged in sexual acts. Some girls were as young as 14. Audrey Strauss, acting US attorney for the southern district of New York, said:
Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend and groom minor victims for abuse.
Furthermore, the charge sheet against Ghislaine Maxwell accused her of perjury, saying that she “repeatedly lied when questioned about her conduct, including in relation to some of the minor victims”. It further said:
“Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable,” said Ms Strauss.
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
Maxwell is the daughter of late British media giant Robert Maxwell. But apart from that, she herself is a well-connected socialite. Due to her connections, she was able to introduce Epstein to many of her wealthy friends, like Bill Clinton and the Duke of York, Prince Andrew. Moreover, the Duke of York was also accused of touching a woman at Jeffrey Epstein’s US home.
These charges against Ghislaine Maxwell did not come out of the blue. Epstein and her dated years before first charges of sexual misconduct appeared against Epstein, as parents of a 14-year-old said that he molested her. He escaped charges but was placed as a level 3 sex offender in New York City.
Then, he was arrested again in July of 2019 for running a sex trafficking ring of underage girls. Moreover, Maxwell was accused of “controlling the girls. She was like a Madam”. However, she denies the charges.