Ghislaine Maxwell, a friend and confidante of Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested on accusations connected to sex-trafficking charges against the wealthy hedge fund manager, who died in custody under suspicious circumstances while awaiting trial.
Maxwell was accused in a civil suit of allegedly helping Epstein traffic underage girls, sources told NBCNews4. She was arrested in New Hampshire and is expected to appear in a federal court later today, the sources said.
The daughter of media baron Robert Maxwell, Maxwell was once Epstein’s girlfriend and for decades, was seen often with him.
Epstein molested underage girls and allegedly ran a human trafficking operation for his rich and powerful friends. Famous Epstein associates include Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Prince Andrew The Duke of York, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, New York Daily News former owner Mort Zuckerman, and actor-director Woody Allen.
“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy,” Trump told New York Magazine in 2002. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Maxwell has been accused of helping Epstein groom teenage girls to have sex with his rich and powerful friends and associates. One of those teens, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, testified against Maxwell in a 2015 defamation suit. Other women have also come out with similar charges, NBC reported.
Epstein was convicted in a Florida state court in 2008 of soliciting a prostitute and of procuring a 17-year-old girl for prostitution. He got off easy, serving 13 months in “custody with work release” as part of a plea deal. Federal officials had identified 36 victims. The plea deal gave Epstein immunity from all federal criminal charges.
A registered sex offender, Epstein was arrested again in 2019 on new federal charges of exploiting dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.
Epstein’s death was ruled a suicide. According to the official and much-disputed report, Epstein attempted suicide while in custody in late July, 2019. He died in early August after another disputed so-called suicide attempt. Two of the guards who were supposed to monitor Epstein are facing federal charges for not properly supervising him before his death.
Surveillance footage from outside Epstein’s cell during the first so-called suicide attempt conveniently went missing. The autopsy from his strangulation death “points to homicide,” not suicide, according to an independent forensic pathologist hired by the brother of Epstein. Authorities disputed the independent report.
Epstein had a lot of influential friends and Maxwell knows them.
Attorney General William P. Barr, who has earned the nickname “The Coverup General,” said in a statement that he “was appalled to learn” about Jeffrey Epstein’s death in federal custody. Barr ordered an investigation.
On Twitter, news of Maxwell’s arrest was met with skepticism and doubt that she will have a long life.
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“Barr is orchestrating another ‘suicide’ as we speak,” Toad Heartbreak tweeted @toadheartbreak.
“Oh let’s hope she sings like a bird…before she winds up committing ‘suicide'”, Nancy Reese tweeted @NancyReese1.
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