Ghislaine Maxwell, Former Jeffrey Epstein Companion, Arrested by FBI
Ghislaine Maxwell has been accused by multiple women of recruiting them when they were underage and grooming them for sex with Epstein and other powerful men
Greg Hanlon, People, July 02, 2020
A statement posted to Twitter from the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York states Maxwell is charged “for her role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein.”
She was arrested Thursday morning by the FBI in Bedford, New Hampshire, and will appear in federal court in New Hampshire Thursday afternoon, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York City tells PEOPLE.
Maxwell, a British socialite and heiress, has been accused by multiple women of recruiting them when they were underage and grooming them for sex with the financier Epstein and other powerful men.
Charges against Maxwell, who is Epstein’s former girlfriend, include conspiracy to entice minors to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to entice minors to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sex acts and perjury.
The indictment against Maxwell, which was obtained by PEOPLE, alleges she “enticed and groomed multiple minor girls to engage in sex acts with Jeffrey Epstein, through a variety of means and methods.”
Detailing three instances between 1994 and 1997, the indictment alleges Maxwell would attempt to befriend the minors.