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Epstein Friend Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested by FBI, U.S. Says

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 2/7/2020 Patricia Hurtado
Ghislaine Maxwell looking at the camera © Photographer: Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images Ghislaine Maxwell

(Bloomberg) -- Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime associate of disgraced money manager Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested by the FBI on charges tied to Epstein’s case, an agency spokeswoman said.

Maxwell was arrested this morning in New Hampshire, FBI spokeswoman Adrienne Senatore said. Charges against Maxwell are sealed. Prosecutors have scheduled a midday press conference in New York.

The charges against Maxwell come almost a year after Epstein was arrested by FBI agents on July 6, 2019 after his private plane landed at a New Jersey airport. Epstein killed himself in a federal jail in August.

One of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, has claimed Epstein sexually abused her for two years starting in 2000, when she was 16, and that Maxwell recruited her while she was working at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. A federal appeals court in August unsealed hundreds of pages of long-awaited documents from Giuffre’s defamation lawsuit against Maxwell, revealing details about the alleged abuse.

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