Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested For Conspiring With Epstein
Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested this week and charged with facilitating Epstein’s alleged sexual exploitation and abuse of minor girls, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
Maxwell faces charges of perjury, transportation of minors to engage in criminal sexual activity, and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts on top of three other counts. The indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court claims that between 1994 and 1997, Maxwell and Epstein conspired to abuse of victims as young as 14 years old.
Maxwell has been accused by multiple women of training them for sex when they were young and luring them into Epstein’s homes. She is expected to appear in a federal court next week.
The perjury charge is tied to statements made by Maxwell in 2016 where she denied knowledge about the underage girls at Epstein’s property and did not recall the sex toys found at Epstein’s home in Palm Beach.
Epstein reportedly committed suicide while in police custody after being arrested for sex-trafficking in July of last year. He was found dead a day after a New York appeals court unsealed dozens of documents relating to Maxwell and others who recruited and facilitated the sex trafficking.
Prosecutors claimed he lured young girls into his homes to perform naked massages, eventually leading to sex. The girls were reportedly given hundreds of dollars for the acts.
“Their whole entire lives revolved around sex,” said Virginia Roberts Giuffre of Mr. Epstein and Ms. Maxwell in a deposition. “They call massages sex. They call modeling sex.”
In 2007, Epstein also pleaded guilty to two prostitution-related state charges in a deal where it was agreed that he would not be prosecuted federally. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to felony state charges for soliciting underage girls. He was then sentenced to 13 months in prison.
As part of the deal for Epstein to avoid being prosecuted federally, prosecutors also agreed not to bring charges against associates of Epstein, including four women, none of which where Maxwell. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney General at the time, Geoffrey S. Berman, argued that his office was not bound by the agreements of the deal made to not federally prosecute Epstein and associates.
Many accusers of Epstein have called for women like Maxwell, who enabled Epstein’s abuse, to be held accountable.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr stated that “any co-conspirators should not rest easy.”
“This case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein,” Barr said. “The victims deserve justice, and they will get it.”
Read the full report here.