58-year-old Ghisaline Maxwell, long time associate and alleged "madam" of Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in Bradford, New Hampshire this morning and is expected to appear in federal court later today where her detention will be requested.
The 18 page Ghislaine Maxwell Indictment which was unsealed this morning outlines six charges against her focused solely between the years of 1994 and 1997.
It does not mince words and outlines allegations that Maxwell “assisted, facilitated and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse” girls that were known to be under the age of 18.
The charges listed include counts of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and perjury.
“Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable,” the acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss stated.
While the acting U.S. Attorney Strauss described the current charges against Maxwell as "the prequel to the earlier case that we brought against Jeffrey Epstein” in 2019, lawyers representing some of the victims that have previously come forward are optimistic that this will only be the beginning.
Even Attorney Strauss, during the press conference earlier today, stated that “We would welcome Prince Andrew to come in and talk with us,” but would not provide any further comment.
Brad Edwards, who represents Virginia Roberts Giuffre and several other victims went so far as to say that his clients were relieved by the news of the charges and that “Today is a very good day.”
“Now that the ring has been taken down, I know that I can’t be hurt anymore,” Jennifer Araoz, who accused Epstein of raping her in New York at the age of 15 in 2002, now 33, said in a statement. “Day after day, I have waited for the news that Maxwell would be arrested and held accountable for her actions. Her arrest is a step in that direction, and it truly means that the justice system didn’t forget about us.”
Another attorney, Spencer T. Kuvin who represents some of the women that have previously come forward accusing Epstein and Maxwell of abuse said that Maxwell was “hopefully ... the first of many co-conspirators to face the consequences of this horrific crimes.”
Attorney Strauss made it clear that the investigation was still ongoing and encouraged other victims to come forward.