Ghislaine Maxwell, ex-girlfriend and partner for years of American millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday, accused of helping to entice girls, underage age, which were abused by Epstein.
The FBI arrested Maxwell in the morning in Bradford. She is due to go to court later on Thursday.
Epstein was awaiting a lawsuit in which he was accused of trafficking in minors when he was found dead in his cell in New York in August 2019.
The New York prosecutor’s office said it would later announce the charges against Maxwell for “her role in sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minors by Jeffrey Epstein”.
Federal prosecutors said in legal documents that she “seduced and caused underage victims to travel to Epstein’s homes in different states” and that Maxwell assisted in “preparing to be subjected to sexual abuse”.
Prosecutors who accuse Maxwell of being aware of Epstein’s preference for minors and that he intended to sexually abuse them.
Maxwell has been discreet since the death of Epstein, a financier who has been accused of raping and trafficking underage women for nearly two decades.
Some of Epstein’s alleged victims said that Maxwell was responsible for attracting her to this circle, in which they were sexually abused by him and some of his powerful friends.
Maxwell is an ex-girlfriend of Epstein who joined his circle of friends. In 2003, in an article in Vanity Fair magazine, Epstein said that Maxwell was his best friend.
When Epstein died, prosecutors dropped the charge against Epstein, but said they were considering accusing others of facilitating the alleged abuse by the millionaire of several girls.
Millionaire Jeffrey Epstein signed a will two days before he committed suicide. According to records, Epstein’s assets were valued at more than $ 577 million.
The victims’ lawyers have pledged to go after his assets – these are redress cases, unlike the criminal case, which ended with his death.