Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and longtime confidante of disgraced former financier Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in New Hampshire Thursday morning and has been charged with facilitating Mr. Epstein’s alleged sexual exploitation and abuse of minor ladies.
An indictment unsealed Thursday in Manhattan federal court docket alleges Ms. Maxwell and Mr. Epstein groomed and abused victims as younger as 14 years outdated, between 1994 and 1997. She faces six counts, together with perjury, transportation of a minor to interact in felony sexual exercise, and conspiracy to entice minors to journey to interact in unlawful intercourse acts.
The perjury counts stem from statements Ms. Maxwell made in 2016 depositions in reference to a civil case in Manhattan federal court docket, associated to Mr. Epstein. In these depositions, she denied figuring out about underage ladies at Mr. Epstein’s properties, and stated she didn’t recall if Mr. Epstein stored intercourse toys at his Palm Seashore house.
Mr. Epstein was arrested a 12 months in the past on sex-trafficking prices, and killed himself in August while in custody. Ms. Maxwell has been accused by a number of ladies in affidavits and court docket filings of recruiting younger ladies for Mr. Epstein and coaching them for intercourse.