Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and heiress who became a confidante of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and was later implicated in his alleged sexual crimes, has been arrested by the FBI.
Maxwell is charged with enticement and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two counts of perjury, according to a federal indictment unsealed today.At a news conference today, prosecutors said Maxwell worked alongside Epstein to “entice” victims into traveling to his homes. She “pretended to be a woman they could trust, all the while she was setting them up to be sexually abused by Epstein,” an official said at the news conference. An FBI official said Maxwell would “recruit, entice, groom, and abuse” Epstein victims who were under 18. ( CNN)
While awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, Epstein was found dead in a federal detention center last summer.