Saturday, 31 July, 2021


U.S. prosecutors file new charges against Ghislaine Maxwell

Article Image Ghislaine Maxwell Charged With Sex Trafficking 14-Year-Old Girl Sex trafficking charges added to indictment against Ghislaine Maxwell
Conrad Doyle | 31 March, 2021, 05:21

A photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at a July 2020 news conference called by the United States attorney for the Southern District of NY.

The charges contained in a superseding indictment returned by a Manhattan grand jury alleged that Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell conspired between 1994 and 2004, when, prosecutors say, Epstein was paying her to manage his properties. Epstein died while awaiting trial in federal prison.

A new lawsuit was filed in the Jeffrey Epstein saga just last week by a Jane Doe plaintiff who claims she was repeatedly raped and sex-trafficked by the dead financier and his associates - before ultimately having her vagina mutilated at his direction.

As of now, Maxwell is being held without bail because she is being considered a flight risk due to her wealth, along with the connections she has.

The new eight-count indictment accuses Maxwell of grooming and paying a 14-year-old girl to engage in sex acts with Epstein at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, from 2001 to 2004.

Previously, the former girlfriend of disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein-Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a six-count indictment.

Maxwell is also accused of sex trafficking conspiracy.

Epstein's employees, including Maxwell at times, would call the victim from various locations at her home in Florida to set up an appointment to massage Epstein.

The counts are stronger than the earlier charges which refer to "enticement" and "transportation" of minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

"When ushered into his presence, Epstein was completely naked, and he proceeded, with Maxwell's assistance, to brutally rape [Doe] and otherwise sexually abuse [her]", the complaint goes on. Epstein would also engage in various sexual acts with the girl at that time, they said.

Maxwell faces an effective life sentence if convicted. Maxwell has also appealed against the bail rejections. Her trial is due to start in July but is likely to be delayed because of the pandemic and the new indictment.

Maxwell was arrested at a remote New Hampshire mansion in July. "Minor Victim- 4 truthfully told both Epstein and Maxwell her age", reads the court documents.

One of Epstein's alleged victims Virginia Giuffre has spoken publicly about being lured into Epstein's circle by Maxwell.

The indictment says Maxwell and others called up the victim to schedule the encounters and paid her hundreds of dollars in cash after each visit. She claims that Epstein forced her to have sex with him and friends including British royal Prince Andrew, which Maxwell denied.

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