Ghislaine Maxwell, the infamous socialite linked to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has been detained by the FBI.
She was arrested in New Hampshire, in the US, according to law enforcement sources that spoke with the media. She is expected to appear in the federal court later today on charges related to her dealings with the disgraced financier. Epstein was found dead in an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.
Maxwell’s arrest was confirmed by the FBI shortly after media outlets reported on the story, citing law enforcement sources.
In a six-count indictment, she was charged with conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
Maxwell allegedly groomed the teenage girls who were sexually abused by Epstein and others. She has remained largely out of the public eye since August, after Epstein allegedly killed himself in prison. He had been arrested a month earlier on federal charges related to the exploitation of underage girls.
Her disappearance in the summer of 2019 led to a flurry of speculation about where she could be holed up. A photograph leaked to the press appeared to show her at an In-N-Out Burger fast-food restaurant in Los Angeles in late August.
One of Epstein’s best-known accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, filed a lawsuit against Maxwell in 2015. Giuffre has been pressing to have the court filings of the now-settled case unsealed, a move that Maxwell has vigorously opposed.
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