Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested early Thursday morning according to an FBI spokesman.
The 58-year-old was arrested around 8:30 a.m. in the state of New Hampshire.
This comes less than two weeks after The Sun reported that Maxwell had been hiding out in a luxurious Paris apartment, potentially hoping to benefit from France's stringent laws against the extradition of individuals born on French soil. (Although British and American by nationality, Maxwell was born in France).
The alleged "madam" of Epstein is facing six counts that were laid out in a 17-page indictment. In addition to two perjury charges, there is also:
- conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts;
- enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts;
- conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity;
- and transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
Maxwell, who was intimately involved with Epstein from 1994 through 1997, remained a close associate of Epstein's following their romantic split. The FBI indictment describes the pairs relationship as "personal and professional" with Maxwell receiving payment to "manage their various properties" according to the document.
During this same period it is alleged that Maxwell groomed multiple minor girls into engaging in sex acts with Epstein. She would attempt to build a rapport with the victims, asking about their lives and families, before treating them with trips shopping or to the movies.
Maxwell would then, "try to normalize sexual abuse for a minor victim by... discussing sexual topics, undressing in front of the victim, being present when a minor victim was undressed, and/or being present for sex acts involving the minor victim and Epstein."
Maxwell, the daughter of former MP and British media mogul Robert Maxwell, is said to have introduced Epstein to some of her very wealthy friends, including former US President Bill Clinton, and the Duke of York, Prince Andrew. Since 2016 Maxwell has kept a very low profile, although the Prince Andrew claimed he met up with her in 2019, before Epstein was arrested and charged, though Epstein was not mentioned according to the Duke.
Maxwell denies any wrongdoing, and has recently sued Epstein's estate in an effort to recoup legal fees spent defending herself from allegations linked to Epstein.