Ghislaine Maxwell Charged As Conspirator In Jeffrey Epstein Case
National Public Radio reports that according to a grand jury indictment that was unsealed on July 2, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested and charged with “conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.”
- Maxwell was a close associate of Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who was arrested and faced charges for serial sexual abuse of girls and young women.
- Maxwell was arrested in 2020, about a year after Epstein’s arrest in the summer of 2019.
- Maxwell stands accused of helping Epstein run this sex-trafficking ring by “entic[ing] and groom[ing] multiple minor girls to engage in sex acts with” him as early as 1994, the indictment states.
- The indictment alleges a pattern of behavior by which Maxwell would “normalize sexual abuse” for victims in order to facilitate “minor victims' interactions with Epstein, including interactions where the minor victim was undressed or that involved sex acts with Epstein.”
- The indictment includes a charge of perjury, quoting Maxwell from a 2016 deposition. When asked, “Did Jeffrey Epstein have a scheme to recruit underage girls for sexual massages? If you know,” Maxwell answered, “I don't know what you're talking about.”