Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend and associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrested
Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite accused by many women of helping procure underage sex partners for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested.
Maxwell, who lived for years with Epstein and was his frequent travel companion on trips around the world, was taken into custody around 8.30am in New Hampshire, said FBI spokesman Marty Feely.
Epstein killed himself in a federal detention center in New York last summer while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell was 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 details of the charges against her weren't immediately revealed.
Maxwell has previously repeatedly denied wrongdoing and called some of the claims against her “absolute rubbish".
Among the most sensational accusations was a claim by one Epstein victim, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, that Maxwell arranged for her to have sex with Prince Andrew at her London townhouse. Giuffre bolstered her allegations with a picture of herself, Andrew and Maxwell that she said was taken at the time.
The Prince has consistently denied her story.
Maxwell was described in a lawsuit by another Epstein victim, Sarah Ransome, as the “highest-ranking employee” of Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking enterprise. She oversaw and trained recruiters, developed recruiting plans and helped conceal the activity from law enforcement, the lawsuit alleged.