Ghislaine Maxwell arrested

Ghislaine Maxwell – Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ and friend of Prince Andrew – is arrested on child sex trafficking charges at a luxury New Hampshire estate she’d ‘slithered off’ to for ‘a life of privilege’ – unaware the FBI was watching her

  • Maxwell, 58, was arrested in Bradford, New Hampshire, on Thursday morning and is now in custody 
  • She has been charged with six counts including trafficking minors for sex and with perjury for later denying it
  • The charges apply to incidents between 1994 and 1997and involve three victims, the youngest of which was 14 when Maxwell ‘groomed’ her 
  • The indictment claims she groomed the girls for sex with Epstein and with her in New York, Florida, London and New Mexico  
  • Maxwell has not been seen since last summer when Epstein killed himself in jail while awaiting trial 
  • FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said she’d ‘slithered away to a gorgeous property’ in Bradford, NH   
  • Maxwell is the British socialite daughter of the late, disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell 
  • Astonishingly well-connected, she is who introduced Epstein to Prince Andrew 
  • Andrew has been accused having sex with Virginia Giuffre Roberts in 2000 when Roberts was 17 after a night out in London that was put together by Maxwell 
  • SCROLL DOWN TO READ THE FULL GHISLAINE MAXWELL INDICTMENT  

By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein and alleged madam who is accused of procuring young girls for him, was arrested on charges of sex trafficking and perjury this morning at a ‘gorgeous’ New Hampshire property where she’d ‘slithered off to’ to live in luxury, FBI agents said on Thursday. 

Maxwell was taken into custody in Bradford, a small town in New Hampshire, on Thursday morning. Special Agent William Sweeney said at a press conference later that the FBI after ‘discreetly keeping tabs’ on her for some time and that she recently moved to the property. 

It’s unclear who owns the property or exactly how long she had been there but agents ‘moved in’ this morning. No other circumstances surrounding her arrest are known. She is due to appear via video link in court later this afternoon. 

A grand jury recently returned a sealed, six-count indictment against her which accuses her of enticing underage girls to travel for sex, actually having sex with them and Epstein and later lying about it under oath in depositions when she was being sued by Virginia Giuffre Roberts, one of Epstein’s accusers who says she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17.

The charges relate to incidents that happened between 1994 and 1997 and involve three unnamed victims, the youngest of whom was 14. The alleged abuse happened at Epstein’s homes in New York, Florida and New Mexico and at Maxwell’s home in London. 

Epstein has been accused of abusing dozens more girls and Maxwell is tangentially associated with the decades of alleged horror because, the accusers say, she was always by his side or making arrangements for him and them.

Maxwell, the British socialite daughter of the late, disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell whose impressive international network of friends and acquaintances includes the Clintons, has been a ghost since Epstein was arrested last June on charges of sex trafficking.  She is who introduced him to Prince Andrew and set up the 2001 London night out when the royal allegedly had sex with Giuffre.  

On Thursday, Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said the investigation into Epstein’s decades of abuse is ongoing and that she’d ‘welcome’ Prince Andrew ‘coming in to provide a statement’, prompting speculation that he may among people investigators may focus their attention on next.

Scroll down for video and to read the full indictment 

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, gestures as she speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, gestures as she speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York

 



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Maxwell has not been seen since last August when she was photographed at an In-N-Out Burger in Los Angeles, ten days after Epstein’s suicide 

‘We would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk to us. We would like to have the benefit of his statement. Our doors remain open. We would welcome him coming in and giving us an opportunity to hear his statement,’ she said. 

It opens the door to questions of jurisdiction and whether or not US Attorney Strauss may charge for alleged incidents that happened in London and not America. Among the claims in the indictment is that Maxwell groomed one of the victims in London. At her press conference, Strauss said some of the sexual abuse also happened at Maxwell’s house in London. 

The charges against Maxwell are: conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, 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 two counts of perjury. 

If convicted, she could face life in prison on the most serious charge – transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity – which carries a minimum 10 year sentence.

The indictment alleges; 

  • Maxwell groomed three unnamed girls, all under the age of 18, in London, New York and Florida, and New Mexico between 1994 and 1997 
  • She befriended them by taking them to the movies or on shopping sprees and ‘normalized’ abusive behavior by getting undressed in front of them herself 
  • She encouraged them to travel to meet Epstein and engage in sex acts with them and him like ‘group massage sex’ in Epstein’s homes  
  • Her introduction of them to him resulted in him abusing them when she was not present  
  • She lied in 2016 depositions while being sued by Virginia Giuffre Roberts that she’d never groomed or had sex with underage girls herself  

It reads in part: ‘Ghislaine Maxwell facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s access to minor victims knowing that he had a sexual preference for underage girls and that he intended to engage in sexual activity with those victims’. 

When she met Epstein, she had an astonishing network of influential and important friends and acquaintances around the world which many say is what drew him to her. 

THE CHARGES 

Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)

Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)

Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)

Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)

X 2 counts of Perjury (x 10 years)

Among them are Bill and Chelsea Clinton. 

She was photographed at Chelsea’s wedding and she also flew with Clinton on Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’ because it was used to ferry young girls to his private Caribbean island or ranch in New Mexico. 

She has also been photographed with Epstein and Donald and Melania Trump at parties, years before Epstein became a social pariah. 

Among the allegations in the indictment is that Maxwell groomed the girls, including one in London.  

‘Victim 1’ met Maxwell when she was 14 in 1994, the indictment reads.

‘Maxwell ‘groomed [her] by taking her to the movies and on shopping trips. 

‘She also asked her about school, her classes, her family and other aspects of her life.

‘She then sought to normalize inappropriate and abusive conduct by, among other things, undressing in front of her and being present when she undressed in front of Epstein,’ according to the indictment. 

The trio then engaged in ‘group massage sex’ on more than one occasion, the indictment claims. 

‘Victim 2’  met Ghislaine in 1996 and groomed her at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch. 

‘Victim 3’ met Maxwell in London in 1994 and was groomed until 1995 where she had sex with them. 

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Acting US Attorney for the Southern District Audrey Strauss, said: ‘Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein had set for them. 

‘She pretended to be a woman they could trust, all the while she was setting them up to be sexually abused by Epstein in some cases, by Maxwell herself.   She slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims continue to live with the trauma inflicted on them years earlier FBI Special Agent William Sweeney 

‘Today after many years, Ghislaine Maxwell finally stands charged for her role in these crimes.’  

FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said the bureau had been ‘keeping tabs’ on Maxwell ‘for some time’. 

‘We have been discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell for some time.

‘She slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims continue to live with the trauma inflicted on them years earlier.’

Maxwell has not been seen since August 2019 when she was spotted at an In-N-Out Burger, ten days after Epstein’ s suicide. 

She has made no public comment about the scandal or about Epstein’s death last August and her whereabouts have been largely unknown.

DailyMail.com tracked her down in a small New England town where she was living with tech CEO Scott Borgerson in August 2019 but aside from that, her movements have been a mystery.  Maxwell is who introduced Prince Andrew to Epstein and who facilitated the 2001 night out in London (pictured) when Andrew allegedly had sex with Virginia Giuffre Roberts, then 17. He denies they ever met

Maxwell is who introduced Prince Andrew to Epstein and who facilitated the 2001 night out in London (pictured) when Andrew allegedly had sex with Virginia Giuffre Roberts, then 17. He denies they ever met Maxwell with Prince Andrew at Ascot in the UK in 2000

Maxwell with Prince Andrew at Ascot in the UK in 2000 

Maxwell has an astonishing network of high profile friends and acquaintances. She is shown at Chelsea Clinton's 2010 wedding

Maxwell has an astonishing network of high profile friends and acquaintances. She is shown at Chelsea Clinton’s 2010 wedding Maxwell and Bill Clinton on the Lolita Express - Epstein's private jet that was used to ferry underage girls to his private island in the Caribbean and his ranch in New Mexico

Maxwell and Bill Clinton on the Lolita Express – Epstein’s private jet that was used to ferry underage girls to his private island in the Caribbean and his ranch in New Mexico Maxwell with Epstein and Donald and Melania Trump in 2000

Maxwell with Epstein and Donald and Melania Trump in 2000 

THE ALLEGATIONS 

Victim 1

Met Maxwell when she was 14 in 1994.  

Epstein and Maxwell both encouraged her to travel to Epstein’s residences in Florida and New York where she had sex with them 

Victim 2 

Met Maxwell in 1996 at Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico where she had sex with them 

Victim 3 

Met Maxwell in London in 1994 and was groomed until 1995 where she had sex with them 

Since Epstein’s arrest and suicide, his victims have demanded that others involved in the abuse be brought to justice. Maxwell has always been at the top of their list. 

She allegedly approached girls in high schools, at country clubs and even in the street if she thought they would be to Epstein’s liking.

She would tell them that she worked for a wealthy man who would generously help them if they agreed to come to his home and massage him for money, the women say. 

Giuffre has shared the most explosive allegations against her. 

She claims that Maxwell took part in her first sexual encounter with Epstein and that the three of them regularly had sex.

She also claims that when she tried to break free from Epstein, Maxwell threatened her. 

Others have told how Maxwell facilitated their travel and taught them how to please the financier sexually.  

When Epstein was arrested in Palm Beach in 2007, she stood by him, writing in a character statement that he’d helped her through the death of her father.  

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From socialite to ‘child sex-trafficker’: How Ghislaine Maxwell grew up as the ‘favorite’ daughter of disgraced newspaper baron Robert and went from mixing with royals, politicians and moguls to ‘procuring minors’ for bill

Ghislaine Maxwell grew up well versed in mixing with royals, politicians and moguls but her life of privilege came to an abrupt end Thursday as she was arrested and accused of recruiting victims for Jeffrey Epstein.

As the ‘favorite’ daughter of disgraced newspaper baron Robert she boasted an impeccable network of contacts and starry circle of friends.

The French born socialite, 58, spent decades at the most exclusive of parties, pictured with the likes of Donald Trump and Prince Andrew and riding private jets with Bill Clinton.

But on Thursday Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire, accused of helping procure underage sex partners for convicted sex offender Epstein. She is due to appear in a federal court later.

An indictment said she facilitated Epstein’s crimes by ‘helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse ‘ girls as young as 14. It also said she participated in the sexual abuse.The French born socialite, 58, spent decades at the most exclusive of parties, pictured with the likes of Donald Trump, pictured in 1997 together, and Prince Andrew and riding private jets with Bill Clinton+35

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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in 1995

The French born socialite, 58, spent decades at the most exclusive of parties, pictured with the likes of Donald Trump, left in 1997, and Prince Andrew and riding private jets with Bill Clinton. She is pictured right with Eptein in 1995As the 'favorite' daughter of disgraced newspaper baron Robert, Ghislaine boasted an impeccable network of contacts. The father and daughter are pictured in 1984

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As the ‘favorite’ daughter of disgraced newspaper baron Robert, Ghislaine boasted an impeccable network of contacts. The father and daughter are pictured in 1984

Maxwell has previously denied the allegations against her. Epstein killed himself in a federal detention center in New York last summer while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.Maxwell, pictured in 1986, had been a regular on the New York social scene after meeting Epstein in the 1990s, using her connections to secure them both access

Maxwell, pictured in 1986, had been a regular on the New York social scene after meeting Epstein in the 1990s, using her connections to secure them both access

Until her arrest Maxwell had been virtually invisible since the autumn of 2016. But it wasn’t always that way.

In fact, Maxwell, who speaks with a British accent, had been a regular on the New York social scene after meeting Epstein in the 1990s, using her connections to secure them both access to the most exclusive of parties.

As one of Epstein’s accusers, Maria Farmer, told The Guardian: ‘Ghislaine was key in making me feel safe.’

She added: ‘I trusted her because she is a woman…she had that way about her, you know, the popular girl in school, she was one of those. She knew everybody.’

Born in Paris on Christmas Day in 1961 to her French mother Elisabeth and dad Robert Ghislaine was the youngest of nine. She grew up at Headington Hill Hall, a mansion leased from the council.

Maxwell went on to be educated at Marlborough College, then Oxford University and was used to a privileged, public-school and Oxford-educated lifestyle. She is also said to be a helicopter and submarine pilot and able to speak four languages.

But when her father Robert, one of the most powerful media magnates — and most notorious fraudsters — in modern history, died her world crumbled.

Robert spent his business career investing in Israel’s economy after losing most of his family during the Holocaust.

He died aged 68 in 1991 in suspicious circumstances after falling off his megayacht named after Ghislaine, the Lady Ghislaine. Her mother reportedly died in 2013.

Heartbroken, Ghislaine is then is said to have fled to New York aged 30 where she is understood to have first met Epstein.

She is said to have been broke after it was revealed her father had stolen nearly £500million ($623 million) from employee pension funds. Robert Maxwell biographer Tom Bower said she ‘worshiped rich, domineering men’.

But the relationship was more complicated than that.

Maxwell used her impeccable social contacts, like her friendship with the Prince, to introduce Epstein, a gardener’s son, to society. In return, she used the financier’s millions to support a lavish lifestyle which included a home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a wardrobe of designer clothes and helicopter lessons.Ghislaine pictured with her sisters

Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of former Mirror Group publisher Mr Robert Maxwell, sifting through the mountain's of 'Draw Coupon' entries in 1984.

Born in Paris on Christmas Day in 1961 to her French mother Elisabeth and dad Robert Ghislaine was the youngest of nine. She is pictured left with her sisters  and right in 1984 Maxwell went on to be educated at Marlborough College, then Oxford University and was used to a privileged, public-school and Oxford-educated lifestyle. She is also said to be a helicopter and submarine pilot and able to speak four languages

Maxwell went on to be educated at Marlborough College, then Oxford University and was used to a privileged, public-school and Oxford-educated lifestyle. She is also said to be a helicopter and submarine pilot and able to speak four languages.Robert Maxwell biographer Tom Bower said she 'worshiped rich, domineering men'

Robert Maxwell biographer Tom Bower said she ‘worshiped rich, domineering men’

Prince Andrew has publicly invoked his friendship with Maxwell as the reason he came into pedophile Epstein’s orbit.

He blamed Maxwell for bringing Epstein to Windsor Castle and Sandringham in 2000. ‘Remember that it was his girlfriend (Maxwell) that was the key element in this,’ the Prince told Maitlis. ‘He was the… plus one.’

The Prince corrected previous reports that he threw a birthday party for Maxwell at Sandringham at which Epstein is believed to have met other members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles: ‘It was a shooting weekend,’ he said. 

Photographs have also emerged of Maxwell joining a grinning Andrew and Epstein at Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day in 2000.

And of course, it was at Maxwell’s Belgravia Mews house that Virginia Roberts Giuffre alleges Epstein first ‘sex trafficked’ her to the Prince when she was just 17. It is a charge the Prince has continuously and vehemently denied.

She was photographed at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and she also flew with Bill Clinton on Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’ because it was used to ferry young girls to his private Caribbean island or ranch in New Mexico.Maxwell is pictured meeting Princess Diana in 1984. Maxwell used her impeccable social contacts, like her friendship with the Prince, to introduce Epstein, a gardener's son, to society

Maxwell is pictured meeting Princess Diana in 1984. Maxwell used her impeccable social contacts, like her friendship with the Prince, to introduce Epstein, a gardener’s son, to society

She has also been photographed with Epstein and Donald and Melania Trump at parties, years before Epstein became a social pariah.

Friend Euan Rellie, told Tatler: ‘Every single interesting, pretty, new girl to arrive in New York would end up going for tea with Ghislaine, then being introduced to Jeffrey. She was the acceptable face of a rather mysterious billionaire.’

Maxwell lived for years with Epstein and was his frequent travel companion on trips around the world.

Epstein killed himself in a federal detention center in New York last summer while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. He was initially investigated in Florida and pleaded guilty to state charges in 2008 that allowed him to avoid a lengthy prison sentence. He was free a little after a year in prison.

Maxwell has, for years, been accused by many women of recruiting them to give Epstein massages, during which they were pressured into sex. Those accusations, until now, never resulted in criminal charges.

The indictment said that as early as 1994, Maxwell would ‘entice and groom’ minor girls by asking them about their lives, their schools and their families.  

Recent years have seen Maxwell quietly holed up in Manchester-by-the-Sea, north of Boston, with tech company boss Scott Borgerson.

She has not been seen in public since a photograph emerged of her sitting outside an In’N’Out Burger restaurant in Los Angeles in August. Reports soon emerged those images may have been ‘faked’ by her lawyer to disguise her whereabouts.

Now she must face allegations of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, 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 two counts of perjury.

The charges relate to incidents that happened between 1994 and 1997 and involve three unnamed victims, the youngest of whom was 14. The alleged abuse happened at Epstein’s homes in New York, Florida and New Mexico and at Maxwell’s home in London.

If convicted, she could face life in prison on the most serious charge – transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity – which carries a minimum 10 year sentence.In return, she used the financier's millions to support a lavish lifestyle which included a home on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a wardrobe of designer clothes and helicopter lessons. Maxwell is pictured with model Naomi Cambell in 2002

In return, she used the financier’s millions to support a lavish lifestyle which included a home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a wardrobe of designer clothes and helicopter lessons. Maxwell is pictured with model Naomi Cambell in 2002 

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