In shocking news last night (that some people have speculated is related to the recent firing of Geoffrey Berman), Ghislaine Maxwell, the co-conspirator, manager, and socialite who facilitated the sex trafficking network of Jeffrey Epstein was arrested by the FBI and (no surprise here) the DOJ from the Southern District Of New York.
See, Berman (part of the deep state/lawfare crowd) was the Justice Department attorney for the SDNY. He was fired less than two weeks ago by William Barr… now, a known predator has been arrested.
Interestingly, very interestingly, the current indictment focuses exclusively on the period of 1994 to 1997.
DOJ Press Release: “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.”
This timing aspect is interesting because in Epstein’s original indictment there were two time periods of focus: First, the mid-90’s which aligns with Maxwell today; and second, a conspiracy from 2002 through 2005 which included facilitating “employees.”
It will be interesting to see if the conspiracy charges released today generate more arrests related to the ¹three Epstein employees who facilitated sexual abuse of minors in ’04 and ’05.
Ms. Maxwell, 58, faces charges including the transporting a minor for the purposes of criminal sexual activity and conspiring to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts. There are a total of six counts within the grand jury indictment unsealed today.
Maxwell was arrested in Bradford, N.H. According to William F Sweeney Jr of the FBI New York field office: “We’ve been discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell’s whereabouts as we worked this investigation. And more recently, we learned she’d slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire — continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims live with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago.”
The federal charges against her generally align with previously allegations made by Epstein’s victims, who accused Maxwell of helping the abuser run a sex-trafficking ring that targeted and victimized teenage girls. Maxwell previously denied allegations linking her to Epstein’s exploitation of girls and young women, including denials she made under oath during sworn testimony in 2016. The DOJ indictment today accuses Ms. Maxwell of committing perjury in those depositions.
DOJ Statement – “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.” [More]
Here’s the indictment [pdf here]
The attorney for Jeffrey Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz told “The Story” Thursday that his client is relieved at the arrest of former Epstein girlfriend and longtime Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, who the attorney described as the “ringmaster” of Epstein’s child sex ring.
“Ghislane Maxwell is a monster and she’s now in custody. And that’s a very good thing,” Daniel Kaiser told host Martha MacCallum.” “My client, Jennifer, is relieved — as [are], I’m sure, all the victims of of Jeffrey Epstein and Ms. Maxwell.
“Ms. Maxwell was the ringmaster, she was the architect of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex ring,” Kaiser went on. “She hid it. She maintained it. If not for her, the ring wouldn’t have persisted for as long as it did and it would not have victimized as many people as it did, as many young girls, including my client.”
Maxwell appeared virtually before a federal magistrate in New Hampshire Thursday afternoon and waived her right to a detention hearing there, clearing the way for her transfer to New York, where she is expected to be temporarily detained.
Maxwell was arrested Thursday morning on multiple sex abuse charges, including conspiracy to entice minors to engage in sexual acts.
Prosecutors are expected to ask that Maxwell remain behind bars, with a detention memo describing her as having a “strong incentive to flee” and posing “an extreme” flight risk. The document revealed that Maxwell had three passports, access to over $20 million and international connections.
“This is a good day,” Kaiser added. “It is a high profile co-conspirator who’s finally been arrested. My client has been asking for this since last summer, calling for her arrest and she is so happy that the federal authorities have now done it.”
The attorney said he was surprised Maxwell was located in the United States, telling MacCallum he had been searching for the fugitive since August.
“We haven’t been able to find her. I suspected that the FBI probably, which keeps track of her, knew where she was, but we weren’t able to find her,” Kaiser said. “So I figured she may be overseas somewhere inaccessible. So I’m just just relieved that she was she was available for arrest.”