July 2, 2020

USA: Ghislaine Maxwell, British Socialite Known For Her Relationship With Deceased Disgraced Financier Jeffrey Epstein, Was Arrested By The FBI In Connection With A Sex-Trafficking Investigation.

U.S. Dept of Justice
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Maxwell is Alleged to Have Facilitated, Participated in Acts of Abuse
Additionally Charged With Perjury in Connection With 2016 Depositions

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced that GHISLANE MAXWELL was arrested this morning and charged with enticing a minor to travel to engage in criminal sexual activity, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to commit both of those offenses, and perjury in connection with a sworn deposition. The Indictment unsealed today alleges that between at least in or about 1994 through 1997, MAXWELL and co-conspirator Jeffrey Epstein exploited girls as young as 14, including by enticing them to travel and transporting them for the purpose of engaging in illegal sex acts. As alleged, knowing that Epstein had a preference for young girls, MAXWELL played a critical role in the grooming and abuse of minor victims that took place in locations including New York, Florida, and New Mexico. In addition, as alleged, MAXWELL made several false statements in sworn depositions in 2016. MAXWELL is expected to be presented this afternoon in the in federal court in New Hampshire. This case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “As alleged, Ghislaine Maxwell facilitated, aided, and participated in acts of sexual abuse of minors. Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, and then delivered them into the trap that she and Jeffrey Epstein had set. She pretended to be a woman they could trust. All the while, she was setting them up to be abused sexually by Epstein and, in some cases, Maxwell herself. Today, after many years, Ghislaine Maxwell finally stands charged for her role in these crimes.”

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said: “Preserving the innocence of children is among the most important responsibilities we carry as adults. Like Epstein, Ms. Maxwell chose to blatantly disregard the law and her responsibility as an adult, using whatever means she had at her disposal to lure vulnerable youth into behavior they should never have been exposed to, creating the potential for lasting harm. We know the quest for justice has been met with great disappointment for the victims, and that reliving these events is traumatic. The example set by the women involved has been a powerful one. They persevered against the rich and connected, and they did so without a badge, a gun, or a subpoena - and they stood together. I have no doubt the bravery exhibited by the women involved here has empowered others to speak up about the crimes of which they've been subjected.”

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said: “The heinous crimes these charges allege are, and always will be abhorrent for the lasting trauma they inflict on victims. I commend our investigators, and law enforcement partners, for their continuing commitment to bringing justice to the survivors of sexual assault, everywhere.”

If you believe you are a victim of the sexual abuse perpetrated by Jeffrey Epstein, please contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL FBI, and reference this case.

According to the Indictment[1] unsealed today in Manhattan federal court:

From at least 1994 through at least 1997, GHISLAINE MAXWELL assisted, facilitated, and participated in Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Jeffrey Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to MAXWELL and Epstein to be under the age of 18. The victims were as young as 14 years old when they were groomed and abused by MAXWELL and Epstein, both of whom knew that their victims were in fact minors. As a part and in furtherance of their scheme to abuse minor victims, MAXWELL and Epstein enticed and caused minor victims to travel to Epstein’s residences in different states, which MAXWELL knew and intended would result in their grooming for and subjection to sexual abuse.

As alleged, MAXWELL enticed and groomed minor girls to be abused in multiple ways. For example, MAXWELL attempted to befriend certain victims by asking them about their lives, taking them to the movies or taking them on shopping trips, and encouraging their interactions with Epstein. MAXWELL also acclimated victims to Epstein’s conduct simply by being present for victim interactions with Epstein, which put victims at ease by providing the assurance and comfort of an adult woman who seemingly approved of Epstein’s behavior. Additionally, to make victims feel indebted to Epstein, MAXWELL would encourage victims to accept offers of financial assistance from Epstein, including offers to pay for travel or educational expenses. MAXWELL also normalized and facilitated sexual abuse by discussing sexual topics with victims, encouraging them to massage Epstein, and undressing in front of a victim.

As MAXWELL and Epstein intended, these grooming behaviors left minor victims vulnerable and susceptible to sexual abuse by Epstein. MAXWELL was then present for certain sexual encounters between minor victims and Epstein, such as interactions where a minor victim was undressed, and ultimately MAXWELL was present for sex acts perpetrated by Epstein on minor victims. That abuse included sexualized massages during which a minor victim was fully or partially nude, as well as group sexualized massages of Epstein involving a minor victim where MAXWELL was present.

As alleged, minor victims were subjected to sexual abuse that included, among other things, the touching of a victim’s breasts or genitals, placing a sex toy such a vibrator on a victim’s genitals, directing a victim to touch Epstein while he masturbated, and directing a victim to touch Epstein’s genitals. MAXWELL and Epstein’s victims were groomed or abused at Epstein’s residences in New York, Florida, and New Mexico, as well as MAXWELL’s residence in London, England.

Additionally, in 2016, while testifying under oath in a civil proceeding, MAXWELL repeatedly made false statements, including about certain specific acts and events alleged in the Indictment.

GHISLAINE MAXWELL, 58, is charged with one count of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, one count of conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, one count of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, one count of conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and two counts of perjury, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI and the NYPD.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alex Rossmiller, Alison Moe, and Maurene Comey are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The Epoch Times
written by Jack Phillips
Thursday July 2, 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite known for her relationship with deceased disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire on Thursday in connection with a sex-trafficking investigation.

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York confirmed her arrest, charging her with six counts, including conspiracy to entice minors to engage in illegal sex acts and perjury. The office alleged that starting in “at least 1994,” Maxwell groomed and enticed minor girls to engage in sexual acts with Epstein.

Maxwell faces 35 years in prison if convicted of all counts outlined in an indictment (pdf).

Maxwell largely disappeared from the public’s view after Epstein’s death in a Manhattan jail cell in August 2019. Maxwell has previously denied any wrongdoing in connection to the Epstein case, including grooming young girls.

She is the daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell, but she’s more famous for being the one-time girlfriend of Epstein and was an associate of his for decades.

Epstein, who was a convicted sex offender, was known to be close to the rich and powerful, counting even former presidents as friends. He attempted suicide in July after he was arrested on fresh sex trafficking charges but died after another suicide attempt in New York City that has been the subject of much controversy.

Two guards who were in charge of looking after him have been charged with not properly supervising him.

Epstein’s death last year has become the subject of intense scrutiny, spawning endless memes including, “Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself.”

Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Epstein and Maxwell, stated in an interview that she was taken to Epstein’s island in the Caribbean, accusing Epstein of raping her. She said Maxwell was involved in the ordeal.

“I wanted to see him held accountable. I have faith that maybe I’ll get another day in court where I can face my co-conspirators, the people that helped Jeffrey rape me every day,” Ransome told CBS News in May. She accused Maxwell of bringing girls to the island for Epstein to assault.

“Ghislaine knew exactly what she was doing. She knew that every time she called me, I was going to be raped. Every time. Sarah Kellen knew for every girl that she organized to go on that island or to be picked up by a car to go to the New York mansion, she knew that these girls were there to be raped repeatedly. She’s going to rot in hell, definitely,” she added.

Ransome and Virginia Giuffre, another victim, settled a lawsuit with Maxwell and Epstein in 2018.

CBS News published July 2, 2020: Charges announced against Jeffrey Epstein's confidante Ghislaine Maxwell. Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss announced charges Thursday against Ghislaine Maxwell for allegedly conspiring in the abuse of underage girls by Jeffrey Epstein. Watch the press conference here.
👇 So happy Lt. Gen. Flynn was exonerated 👇
THIS IS WHY OBAMA, CLINTON, COMEY et al went after him.
This Flynn interview was 6 days before the 2016 election.
Daily Mail, UK
February 13, 2020

Disgraced politician Anthony Weiner and estranged wife Huma Abedin were spotted together on the streets of New York City Wednesday evening, DailyMail.com can reveal.

The 43-year-old Hillary Clinton aide sported dark shades with a Starbucks coffee in hand as she walked alongside her disgraced former U.S. Congressman husband while he took a phone call.

The high-profile exes are seldom seen out together since they filed for divorce in 2017 following the 55-year-old's sexting scandal with a 15-year-old girl.

The investigation into Weiner's devices began when DailyMail.com revealed that the disgraced congressman had an online sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl for months and sent her lewd messages and pictures.

During the investigation into Weiner's devices, one agent in the FBI team compared the discovery of Clinton's use of a private email server to 'dropping a bomb in the middle of the meeting', James B. Stewart wrote in Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law.

The technician tasked with rifling through Weiner's iPad, iPhone and laptop in September 2016 found 340,000 (later revealed 650,000) emails between Clinton and Abedin, Weiner's estranged wife, with many using a hillaryclinton.com address.

But the shocking discovery went ignored at the FBI because senior officials were 'overwhelmed' by the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Stewart wrote.

Nobody at Quantico was taking action, so one agent went outside the chain of command and shared the allegations with New York prosecutors, which led to James Comey reopening the investigation days before the 2016 election.

One agent said he was 'scared' by the damning emails he found and then 'pressed on his superiors to follow up on the bombshell discovery'.

After DailyMail.com exposed Weiner, he was given 21 months in prison for sending sexually-explicit texts to the underage girl He was released after 18 months.

The girl was pictured but never identified. Weiner was aware that the girl was underage, according to DailyMail.com interviews with the girl and her father, as well as a cache of online messages.

UPDATE 7/2/20 at 3:54pm: Added info I shared last year.
UPDATE 7/2/20 at 4:04pm: Added info below.

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