BREAKING: Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested by FBI and Accused of ‘Setting Trap’ for Epstein Victims
- Maxwell arrested in New Hampshire early Thursday morning
- 17-page FBI indictment charges Maxwell with several crimes
The Guardian reports:
Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and close friend of the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested at a luxury hideaway in a small town in New Hampshire early on Thursday, the FBI announced, before charging her in relation to sex crimes, conspiracy and perjury.
Prosecutors accused her of “slithering away” into hiding and of previously lying repeatedly about her direct and indirect involvement in the abuse of underage girls, because, they alleged, the truth was “almost unspeakable”.
“Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend and groom minor victims for abuse,” the federal prosecutor Audrey Strauss told a press conference in Manhattan. “In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse.”
“She set the trap. She pretended to be a woman they [alleged victims] could trust.”
Maxwell has long been accused by many women of recruiting them to give Epstein massages, during which they were pressured into sex. Those accusations, until now, never resulted in criminal charges against her.
Maxwell was detained and was expected to be given a court hearing on Thursday afternoon, possibly with a remote video link from custody in New Hampshire to a court room in New York. She has always denied wrongdoing in of her dealings with Epstein or females associated with him.