FBI arrests Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell

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July 02, 2020 - 6:35 am

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Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who became a confidante of Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire.

Maxwell was taken into custody around 8:30 a.m. on charges related to the Epstein scandal and is expected to appear in federal court later Thursday.

A six-count indictment charges Maxwell with conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of perjury.

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, will announce the charges at a noon press conference.

Maxwell was accused in a civil suit of allegedly helping Epstein traffic underage girls.

One day before Epstein's suicide, a federal appeals court released the transcript of a 2016 deposition stemming from a defamation lawsuit. He repeatedly replied "Fifth" — citing the Constitution's Fifth Amendment that protects people against incriminating themselves — when asked whether Maxwell had procured underage girls for him for sexual activities.

The 66-year-old financier, who was charged with sexually abusing numerous underage girls over several years, killed himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell is the daughter of media baron Robert Maxwell and was once Epstein's girlfriend.

She has denied wrongdoing and called some of the claims against her "absolute rubbish."

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