Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, arrested in New Hampshire

Ghislaine Maxwell, the paramour to accused sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested Thursday morning.Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire at 8:30 a.m. by the FBI. According to federal documents, Maxwell is a defendant in the case of sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein.Documents show the incidents took place from about 1994 through about 1997.Maxwell allegedly assisted, and facilitated and contributed to Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by helping him recruit, groom and abuse victims. The victims were as young as 14-years-old when they were groomed and abused by both Maxwell and Epstein, both of whom knew that certain victims were minors, according to federal documents.Maxwell was in an intimate relationship with Epstein and was also paid by him to manage his various properties, including one in Palm Beach, Florida.Maxwell is facing several charges, including enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and perjury.Maxwell’s arrest comes nearly a year after Epstein was arrested. Epstein died by suicide in prison in August 2019.CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL INDICTMENT“Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable,” Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.She called the charges against Maxwell a “prequel” to the charges prosecutors brought last summer against Epstein.Messages were sent Thursday to several of Maxwell’s attorneys seeking comment. She has previously repeatedly denied wrongdoing and called some of the claims against her “absolute rubbish.”Among the most sensational accusations was a claim by one Epstein victim, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, that Maxwell arranged for her to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew at her London townhouse. Giuffre bolstered her allegations with a picture of her, Andrew and Giuffre that she said was taken at the time.Andrew denied her story and Maxwell, 58, said in one deposition that Giuffre was “totally lying.”Andrew was not mentioned by name in the indictment, and the charges covered Maxwell’s dealings with Epstein only in the period from 1994 through 1997, a period well before his alleged encounters with Giuffre in 2001.Brad Edwards, an attorney who represents Giuffre and several other Epstein victims said his clients were relieved by the charges. “Today is a very good day,” he said.On Thursday, attorney Spencer Kuvin, who represents a number of Epstein’s victims, released a statement which read, in part, “This welcomed news will hopefully be the first of many co-conspirators to face the consequences of this horrific crimes. White the fund was the first page of the last chapter in this sad and terrible saga, the prosecution of Epstein’s co-conspirators, including Ms. Maxwell, will signal the conclusion of this final chapter. The arrest and successful prosecution of Ms. Maxwell, will signal the conclusion of this final chapter.”

Ghislaine Maxwell, the paramour to accused sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested Thursday morning.

Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire at 8:30 a.m. by the FBI.

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According to federal documents, Maxwell is a defendant in the case of sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein.

Documents show the incidents took place from about 1994 through about 1997.

Maxwell allegedly assisted, and facilitated and contributed to Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by helping him recruit, groom and abuse victims. The victims were as young as 14-years-old when they were groomed and abused by both Maxwell and Epstein, both of whom knew that certain victims were minors, according to federal documents.

Maxwell was in an intimate relationship with Epstein and was also paid by him to manage his various properties, including one in Palm Beach, Florida.

Maxwell is facing several charges, including enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and perjury.

Maxwell’s arrest comes nearly a year after Epstein was arrested. Epstein died by suicide in prison in August 2019.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL INDICTMENT

“Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable,” Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

She called the charges against Maxwell a “prequel” to the charges prosecutors brought last summer against Epstein.

Messages were sent Thursday to several of Maxwell’s attorneys seeking comment. She has previously repeatedly denied wrongdoing and called some of the claims against her “absolute rubbish.”

Among the most sensational accusations was a claim by one Epstein victim, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, that Maxwell arranged for her to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew at her London townhouse. Giuffre bolstered her allegations with a picture of her, Andrew and Giuffre that she said was taken at the time.

Andrew denied her story and Maxwell, 58, said in one deposition that Giuffre was “totally lying.”

Andrew was not mentioned by name in the indictment, and the charges covered Maxwell’s dealings with Epstein only in the period from 1994 through 1997, a period well before his alleged encounters with Giuffre in 2001.

Brad Edwards, an attorney who represents Giuffre and several other Epstein victims said his clients were relieved by the charges. “Today is a very good day,” he said.

On Thursday, attorney Spencer Kuvin, who represents a number of Epstein’s victims, released a statement which read, in part, “This welcomed news will hopefully be the first of many co-conspirators to face the consequences of this [sic] horrific crimes. White the fund [Epstein Victim’s Compensation Program] was the first page of the last chapter in this sad and terrible saga, the prosecution of Epstein’s co-conspirators, including Ms. Maxwell, will signal the conclusion of this final chapter. The arrest and successful prosecution of Ms. Maxwell, will signal the conclusion of this final chapter.”