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The FBI has arrested Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and confidant of financier Jeffrey Epstein, on charges she conspired with him to allegedly commit a range of sexual abuse against minors, leading many to publicly muse whether she will meet a similar fate.
Reports said FBI agents picked up Maxwell in Bedford, New Hampshire, Thursday morning, adding that she is expected to appear in federal court later in the day.
The Justice Department indicted Maxwell on six counts according to the filing in Manhattan federal court. She is charged with helping Epstein procure and groom girls as young as 14-years-old dating back to at least 1994.
“In some instances, Maxwell was present for and participated in the sexual abuse of minor victims,” the indictment reads, NBCNewYork reported.
Maxwell was, at one time, Epstein’s girlfriend. The daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell, she had been at the billionaire investor’s side for decades.
In addition, Maxwell was alleged to have helped Epstein groom underaged girls for sex with rich, powerful men. One of the teens, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, has made those claims against Maxwell in a 2015 defamation suit, as have several other women in the years since.
Britain’s Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton are among the names of powerful men alleged to have been associated with Epstein and Maxwell.
Epstein, who was a convicted sex offender, was arrested again on charges he exploited dozens of girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. He reportedly killed himself in his jail cell on the second attempt in early August 2019.
The billionaire financier died just a few days after a trove of some 2,000 documents ‘naming names’ was released related to Giuffre’s defamation suit against Maxwell.
The death of Epstein reportedly infuriated U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr, who said he was “appalled” that he could have died “in federal custody.”
“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody,” Barr’s statement reads. “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.”
Almost immediately, speculation began that Epstein was murdered, not that he hung himself in a cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York where suicides “are nearly unheard of,” the New York Post reported.
Two guards are facing federal charges for failing to properly guard him after his first suicide attempt.
“Epstein got a crooked, sweetheart deal years ago that protected his coconspirators, like Maxwell. Maxwell has been on the run for months because she too hoped to escape justice. We can’t let that happen again — her victims deserve their day in court,” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said Thursday, NBCNewYork reported.
Sasse was critical of the handling of Epstein following his death.
“It should have been abundantly clear that Epstein would go to any lengths to avoid being held accountable for his crimes, including by killing himself. Being responsible for Epstein’s custody and prosecution, the Department of Justice should not have allowed this to happen,” he said.
“His death not only deprives his victims of the opportunity to confront him in court and to see him held accountable for his crimes, but also makes it harder to unravel his ring and to hold accountable the many other powerful men who raped and exploited these children.”
There was much speculation that Epstein was murdered and did not kill himself, including ABC News correspondent Amy Robach, who revealed on a hot mic her network killed a story exposing the financier three years ago.
“So do I think he was killed?” she asked rhetorically. “A hundred percent, yes I do. Because do you want it? He made his whole living blackmailing people. Yep.”
Robach’s story included an extensive interview with Giuffre, whom she said the network “convinced” to come out of hiding and tell her story after a dozen years living under the radar.
Interestingly, Robach also predicted that Maxwell could be next.
“She knows everything — she should be careful,” the ABC correspondent said. “She went out and recruited all of his girls. She should watch her back. ‘Cause if she goes [out], I mean, I’d have like security guards all around me.”
She later backtracked after her comments were exposed by Project Veritas.
Here’s ABC’s response to a Project Veritas video of Amy Robach expressing frustration that her Jeffrey Epstein piece didn’t run.
Robach: “I was caught in a private moment of frustration. … In the years since no one ever told me or the team to stop reporting on Jeffrey Epstein” pic.twitter.com/airx3Tjy4o
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) November 5, 2019
Now, others are predicting a similar fate for Maxwell.
Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI on charges that she conspired w/ Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse minors.
I want to hear what our gov’t is doing to protect her safety & ensure that cameras are monitoring her 24/7.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) July 2, 2020
Reminder that it’s against Twitter’s TOS for me to advocate for Ghislaine Maxwell to face the harshest penalty possible within our justice system for her crimes against children. So all I can say is the death penalty is the ultimate justice in our system and I’m glad we have it.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) July 2, 2020
I’m sure the ‘penalty’ will be death.
I’m just not so sure it will be administered in a legal manner.
— Homebrewer Dave 💙 🇺🇸 – MAGA Again! (@Blasserman) July 2, 2020
There are reports that Jeffrey Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested in the US.
Where are they going to keep her safe?
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) July 2, 2020
— 🦋🦋🦋 (@user43628) July 2, 2020
RIP to Ghislaine Maxwell for her upcoming ‘suicide’
— INNOCENT KING OF POP (@teelawon4ever) July 2, 2020
Let me be the first to say that…
Ghislaine Maxwell did not kill herself.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) July 2, 2020
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