Ghislaine Maxwell, the one-time girlfriend and longtime confidant of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, has been charged with sex trafficking a minor.
Prosecutors in New York allege that Maxwell groomed a 14-year-old female to prepare her to have sex with Epstein, paying the girl for her acts.
In a 24-page indictment released Monday detailing eight new counts, prosecutors say “beginning at least in or about 2001,” Maxwell and Epstein “enticed and recruited, and caused to be enticed and recruited, minor girls to visit Epstein’s Palm Beach residence to engage in sex acts with Epstein, after which Epstein, Maxwell, or another employee of Epstein’s would give the victims hundreds of dollars in cash.”
The prosecutors say Maxwell called victims to “schedule an appointment for the victim to massage Epstein” at his home in Palm Beach, Florida. “When a victim initially arrived at the Palm Beach Residence, she would be greeted by an employee of Epstein’s, including, at times, Maxwell. The victim would then be escorted to a room with a massage table,” reads the indictment.
“Once inside, the victim would provide a nude or semi-nude massage for Epstein who would himself typically be naked. During these encounters, Epstein would escalate the nature and scope of the physical contact to include sex acts such as groping and direct and indirect contact with the victim’s genitals,” they wrote.
Maxwell “facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s access to minor victims knowing that he had a sexual preference for underage girls and that he intended to engage in sexual activity with those victims,” the indictment says.
In the indictment, the new accuser is referred to a Minor Victim-4, and she was allegedly 14 years old at the time. Prosecutors say Maxwell interacted with the girl on “multiple” occasions and knew she was under 18.
Maxwell also encouraged the girl, along with others, to recruit more girls, says the indictment, alleging that Minor Victim-4 eventually brought other females younger than 18 to Epstein’s home.
The amended indictment stretches far back into the 1990s, covering alleged crimes stretching from 1994 to 2004 in both New York and Florida.
Maxwell has previously pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and groom three teenage girls for sex between 1994 and 1997 in New York. Maxwell, 59, has been held in a jail in New York City since her arrest last July. Epstein allegedly committed suicide on Aug. 10, 2019, in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Federal prosecutors said he was alone in his prison cell the night of his death. But the pathologist hired by Epstein’s family to investigate his death said in October 2019 that Epstein’s body bore telltale signs of homicide.
“Mark Epstein, Jeffrey’s next of kin, had hired Baden to perform an independent investigation because the family wasn’t getting answers, the pathologist told Fox News. Last month, Baden, who observed the autopsy, told Fox News its findings were more consistent with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging. He noted that Epstein had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, specifically the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple, as well as one fracture on the left hyoid bone above the Adam’s apple, Baden said,” Fox reported.