Updated: July 02, 2020 05:14 PM
Created: July 02, 2020 10:48 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jeffrey Epstein's longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, was taken into custody Thursday morning in New Hampshire.
An 18-page indictment has accounts from three anonymous victims claiming that Maxwell helped groom them for sexual acts with Epstein. All were minors.
According to the indictment, abuse happened at multiple locations, including at Epstein's Zorro Ranch in Stanley, New Mexico. The indictment details how "Victim 2" was flown into New Mexico from out of state "at Epstein's invitation" in 1996.
"Maxwell's presence as an adult woman helped put the victims at ease," said Audrey Strauss, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. "As Maxwell and Epstein intended, this grooming process left the minor victims susceptible to sexual abuse."
The victim said Epstein and Maxwell took her to the movies, and that Maxwell took her shopping. She claimed Maxwell gave her a topless massage, unsolicited, then encouraged her to do the same to Epstein.
Epstein reportedly died by suicide in a federal detention center last summer while waiting for a trial on sex trafficking charges. Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing. She is expected in court Thursday afternoon.
To read the full indictment, click here.
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