The Netflix documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich outlines in disturbing detail how the late high society financier Jeffrey Epstein engaged in sex trafficking and sexual assault on multiple occasions. Now, former Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell, who is featured in the documentary, has been arrested.
Maxwell was arrested Thursday morning as part of the ongoing federal investigation into Epstein’s child sex trafficking operation, according to The New York Times. Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire and is expected to appear in court later Thursday, a source told the paper. Epstein died by suicide in jail while waiting for his trial on sex trafficking charges last year.
It’s highly likely that you’ll hear Maxwell’s name a lot in the future. But who is she, again? Here’s what you need to know about Epstein’s former confidant.
She’s a socialite with a ton of connections.
Maxwell is usually described as a British socialite and heiress. She’s the daughter of Robert Maxwell, a media tycoon who owned a slew of publishing companies, including the Daily Mirror. Maxwell ran with an influential group and has been pictured next to Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, and Elon Musk, according to The Guardian. She also reportedly has connections to the British royal family.
She used to date Epstein.
Maxwell and Epstein dated at some point in the ‘90s and the two stayed friends after they broke up. Epstein even called Maxwell his “best friend” in a Vanity Fair profile.
She’s super outgoing.
“She was always the most interesting, the most vivacious, the most unusual person in any room,” the Vanity Fair profile said of Maxwell. “Her Rolodex would blow away almost anyone else’s I can think of.”
She went to Oxford.
She went to the UK’s swanky Oxford University, and she can reportedly fly a helicopter and pilot a submarine, according to The Guardian. She also speaks four languages.
She's been accused of being involved in Epstein’s crimes.
Maxwell was arrested on charges that she conspired with Epstein to sexually abuse minors, according to NBC 4. She’s also been accused of grooming teenage girls for sex with rich and powerful men, and her name came up in a 2015 lawsuit from one of those teenagers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
She’s denied she did anything wrong.
“I understand newspapers need stories to sell copies,” Maxwell said in a statement in 2011. “It is well known that certain newspapers live by the adage, ‘Why let the truth get in the way of a good story.’ However, the allegations made against me are abhorrent and entirely untrue and I ask that they stop.”
She’s been MIA since Epstein’s death.
Maxwell hasn’t been seen in public since Epstein’s death in August 2019, although speculation has swirled that she would be arrested at some point, NBC 4 says.
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