Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested in Connection to Jeffrey Epstein
Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in a small New Hampshire town and charged with facilitating the abuse of minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein. An indictment in Manhattan federal court accuses Ms. Maxwell of grooming and abusing victims as young as 14 years old.
"Ms. Maxwell, 58 years old, faces six counts, including perjury, transportation of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts", the Wall Street Journal reports. "Prosecutors said Mr. Epstein worked with others to create a pipeline of young girls for sexual activities. Ms. Maxwell has been accused by multiple women in affidavits and court filings of recruiting young women for Mr. Epstein and training them for sex."
The indictment outlines some of the methods Ms. Maxwell used to groom victims such as taking young women shopping with Mr. Epstein in order to develop a rapport with the victim. Prosecutors allege that Ms. Maxwell would try to normalize the constant sexual abuse.
Johanna Sjoberg "testified in a deposition that Ms. Maxwell recruited her in 2001 while she was a college student to answer phones for Mr. Epstein. After one day, Ms. Sjoberg was instructed by Mr. Epstein’s associates on how to give Mr. Epstein a naked massage that involved sexual acts, she said."
Prosecutors said Ms. Maxwell was a flight risk and that she had "significant financial resources". She holds passports for the U.S, U.K. and France. She was arrested without incident.