Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime confidante of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested.
On Thursday, the daughter of the late British publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell was taken into custody at about 8:30 a.m. in Bedford, New Hampshire.
The 58-year-old was charged with four counts related to allegedly helping transport minors for sexual activity, and two counts for perjury.
In the indictment, Maxwell was accused of helping Epstein “recruit, groom and ultimately abuse” multiple girls, including one as young as 14.
“In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse herself,” Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss told reporters in Manhattan.
Per NBC News, FBI agents in New York, Boston, Newark and Albany had been keeping tabs on Maxwell before her arrest.
“More recently we learned she had slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims lived with the trauma inflicted on them years ago,” said William Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI in New York City. “We moved when we were ready and Ms. Maxwell was arrested without incident.”
Through public court filings and statements, Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing.
In July 2019, Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges for allegedly sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of underage girls at his townhouse in Manhattan and estate in Palm Beach, Florida. He pleaded not guilty and was denied bail.
In August 2019, Epstein was found unresponsive in his Metropolitan Correctional Center jail cell. The New York City medical examiner later ruled Epstein’s death a suicide. A judge then dismissed all of his criminal charges later that month.
Epstein previously pleaded guilty to two Florida prostitution charges in 2008, and served 13 months of an 18-month sentence.