Ghislaine Maxwell charged over sexual exploitation of underage girls by Jeffrey Epstein

July 02, 2020

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been charged with playing a role in the "sexual exploitation and abuse" of multiple underage girls by Jeffrey Epstein, according to a court filing.

Maxwell, who has kept a low profile since Epstein's death in August last year, was arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire on Thursday on charges related to the financier.

Epstein was accused of raping and trafficking underage girls over nearly two decades.

Some of Epstein's alleged victims have said Maxwell lured them into his circle, where they were sexually abused by him and powerful friends.

A court filing now made public said Maxwell "assisted, facilitated and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse " girls under the age of 18.

The indictment included counts 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.

Maxwell has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said some of the claims against her were "absolute rubbish".


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