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FBI Arrests Jeffrey Epstein Confidante Ghislaine Maxwell, Report Says
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MARCH 15: Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend de Grisogono Sponsors The 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising, with a Performance by Rod Stewart at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005 in New York City.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reportedly arrested British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who was a confidante of accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, and allegedly served as a madam for his sex trafficking enterprise.

“She was arrested in New Hampshire on Epstein-related charges and is expected to appear in a federal court later today,” NBC New York reported. “She was also alleged to have helped Epstein groom teen girls for sex with the rich and powerful. One of those teens, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, leveled that charge against Maxwell in a 2015 defamation suit.”

Epstein was arrested during the first week of July last year after a federal judge had ruled earlier in the year that federal prosecutors “broke the law when they concealed a plea agreement from more than 30 underage victims who had been sexually abused by wealthy New York hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein,” The Miami Herald reported.

The deal involved a 2008 plea deal where he pled guilty to “one count of solicitation of prostitution and one count of solicitation of prostitution of a minor under the age of 18,” CBS New York reported, adding the Epstein was “given a sentence of 18 months in jail plus a year of community service.”

The Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Epstein in 2019 with sex trafficking dozens of minor girls. Epstein was later found dead in his jail cell a month later on August 10. His death was ruled a suicide, a claim that has widely been scrutinized.

Epstein once referred to Maxwell as his “best friend.”

Laura Goldman, a friend of Maxwell’s, told The Sun last year that Maxwell believes that she can evade prosecution because she apparently has “dirt” on powerful people.

“Ghislaine and her sister Isabel remain totally convinced that she’ll escape any criminal convictions and will eventually clear the family name and return to high society once the dust has settled,” Goldman said. “She has wealthy connections who hide her and even pay some legal fees. She can stay out of the public eye as long as she wants.”

“Ghislaine is so confident that she’ll be back that she’s still texting friends in different social circles while she’s in hiding,” Goldman continued. “She’s doesn’t think that she did anything wrong. She obviously has some serious dirt on someone to be so sure of herself in the circumstances.”

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