- Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on July 2, 2020 on multiple charges related to the sexual abuse of young women and girls by Jeffrey Epstein.
- She was denied bail and currently remains behind bars.
- A court recently released a number of documents related to the case, including emails between Epstein and Maxwell.
- Maxwell's trial is expected to take place next summer.
Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend and longtime associate, has been arrested on multiple criminal charges related to his trafficking and sexual abuse of young women and girls.
Here's what we know about her case so far:
She was arrested in New Hampshire in July.
Multiple outlets including CNN, NBC News, and the Washington Post confirmed that she was arrested by officials on July 2 at her home, a luxurious compound on 156 acres in Bradford, New Hampshire.
According to the New York Times, Maxwell tried to flee when the FBI arrived at her home. A report in the publication reads:
When F.B.I. agents went to arrest Ghislaine Maxwell on the morning of July 2 on a remote property in New Hampshire, they broke through her locked gate, approached the front door and announced themselves, telling her to open the door, federal prosecutors said in newly filed court papers on Monday. Through a window, the agents saw her ignore their order and flee to another room in the house, quickly shutting the door behind her, the prosecutors wrote.
The news came almost exactly one year after Epstein was arrested on multiple charges related to sex trafficking, but that case did not go to trial, as he died in jail before it could begin.
Following Epstein's arrest, Maxwell largely disappeared from public life, but in recent months, several of Epstein's alleged victims have spoken out about her involvement in their trafficking, something Maxwell has denied many times both in public statements and court documents.
Maxwell faces charges related to the sexual abuse of young women and girls by Jeffrey Epstein.
She has been formally charged with six counts, which range from "transporting a minor for the purposes of criminal sexual activity" to "conspiring to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts," to perjury related to statements she made before the United States District Court for the Southern District in New York in 2016.
While Epstein pleaded guilty to a felony charge of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor in 2018, served time in prison and was required to register as a sex offender, this is the first time Maxwell has faced charges related to sexual abuse or trafficking.
The indictment reads in part:
"From at least in or about 1994, up to and including at least in or about 1997, 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 victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18. The victims were as young as 14 years old when they were groomed and abused by Maxwell and Epstein, both of whom knew that certain victims were in fact under the age of 18.
Watch a portion of the press conference announcing Maxwell's charges here:
SDNY officials announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell.https://t.co/V0F6LFYfvr— ABC News (@ABC) July 2, 2020
"Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend and groom minor victims for abuse," they allege. "In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse." pic.twitter.com/VnKSTaHZ2Z
She pleaded not guilty.
Maxwell was transferred to a federal detention facility in Brooklyn on July 6. A virtual court appearance took place on Tuesday, July 14.
Per Politico, ahead of the hearing, prosecutors said Maxwell "poses an extreme risk of flight," due to her enormous personal wealth, three passports, and extensive international contacts, and has “absolutely no reason to stay in the United States and face the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence.”
She pleaded not guilty.
Maxwell's lawyers have said she "vigorously denies the charges, intends to fight them, and is entitled to the presumption of innocence."
She was denied bail.
Per journalist Julie K. Brown, Maxwell has proposed that "she serve her pretrial detention in a luxury Manhattan hotel."
BREAKING: Ghislaine Maxwell proposes that she serve her pretrial detention in a luxury Manhattan hotel.— julie k. brown (@jkbjournalist) July 14, 2020
But she was denied bail. "The court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that no combination could reasonably assure her presence in court," US District Judge Alison Nathan said per CNN. "The risks are simply too great."
Her trial date is set for July 12, 2021.
It's expected to last three weeks.
A court publicly released previously sealed documents related to Maxwell's case.
Included in the documents, which were released in late July are emails between Epstein and Maxwell from early 2015. Some depositions remained sealed. Read the documents in full, here.
Donald Trump has weighed in on her case.
In a press conference in late July, Trump was asked about Maxwell, whom he had met and been photographed with on multiple occasions, and more specifically about her relationship to Prince Andrew.
"I haven't really been following [the case] that much. I just wish her well, frankly," the President said. "I've met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is. I don't know the situation with Prince Andrew."
JUST IN: Pres. Trump on Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime companion of infamous sex offender Jeffrey Epstein: "I just wish her well, frankly."— ABC News (@ABC) July 21, 2020
Maxwell pleaded not guilty last week to federal sex trafficking charges. https://t.co/YEerOPitZL pic.twitter.com/uqsRKrMteY
Maxwell dated Epstein for years.
Maxwell, a British socialite, and the daughter of publisher Robert Maxwell, met Epstein in the '90s. She was his companion for years, and helped to introduce him to many of her high-profile friends including Queen Elizabeth's son, Prince Andrew.
Per the indictment, "In particular, between in or about 1994 and in or about 1997, Maxwell was in an intimate relationship with Epstein and was also paid by Epstein to manage his various properties."
Epstein was arrested in July of 2019.
He was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking. Following the indictment, Epstein pleaded not guilty on both charges. He was denied bail and remained in jail until August 10, when several media outlets confirmed that Epstein had died by apparent suicide.
This is a developing story. We will continue to update as additional details are made public.
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