Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and former friend of disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein, is detained in the state of New Hampshire and will soon face a federal court that will choose a preventive measure for her.
Epstein, 66, was arrested in the US in early July 2019. He was charged with luring underage girls, some as young as 14, into prostitution. On August 10 last year, he was found dead in a jail cell. The investigation concluded that the death was the result of a suicide.
Maxwell allegedly made friendships with underage girls by inviting them to a movie or shopping trip, asking about their lives and families, and then, building an understanding, “tried to normalize the sexual abuse of the underage victim by discussing sexual topics, undressing in front of the victim, being present when the underage victim was undressed, and/or being present during sexual acts involving the underage victim and Epstein”.
Ghislaine Maxwell rejects all charges
Some of Epstein’s alleged victims claimed that it was Ghislaine Maxwell who introduced them to him and his friends.
One of them, Virginia Juffre, claimed that at the age of 15, Maxwell was hired to work as an Epstein masseuse. Another, Sarah Ransome, told the BBC Panorama program that Maxwell controlled the girls.
Last year Maxwell complained that she was systematically exposed to threats to her life and health.