Ghislaine Maxwell gets TWO new countsMarch 29, 2021
Ghislaine Maxwell is hit with TWO new counts of conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor from a fourth accuser who claims the socialite paid her to give Jeffrey Epstein massages when she was 14
- Ghislaine Maxwell was charged with two new counts of sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor
- According to the ‘superceding’ indictment, Maxwell paid the unidentified girl hundreds of dollars to give Jeffrey Epstein sexual massages and even sent her lingerie
- The time frame of the allegations spans between 1994 and ‘at least’ 2004
- The new accuser, referred to a Minor Victim-4, allegedly met Maxwell at Epstein’s Palm Beach home when she was around 14
- Prosecutors intend to seize assets from Maxwell’s $22.5million fortune if she is convicted
- The new indictment dramatically increases the legal peril faced by Maxwell, who has pleaded not guilty to all the allegations so far
Prosecutors have charged Ghislaine Maxwell with two new counts from a fourth underage accuser – and warned they were going after her $22.5m fortune.
The British socialite was charged with sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor related to a woman who claims she first met Maxwell when she was 14.
According to a ‘superseding indictment’ that includes previous charges, Maxwell paid the girl hundreds of dollars to give Jeffrey Epstein sexual massages and even sent her lingerie.
The time frame of the allegations has expanded to between 1994 and ‘at least’ 2004, which covers the period where Epstein was associating with powerful men like Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton.
Neither man is mentioned in the court documents but it significantly raises the prospect of them both being brought up at Maxwell’s trial.
Ghislaine Maxwell was charged with two new counts of sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor
According to a new indictment, Maxwell paid the girl hundreds of dollars to give Jeffrey Epstein sexual massages and even sent her lingerie
The indictment also reveals that prosecutors intend to seize Maxwell’s assets if she is convicted . During a bail application she revealed her and her husband Scott Borgerson are worth $22.5million.
The new indictment dramatically increases the legal peril faced by Maxwell, who has pleaded not guilty to all the allegations so far.
The 24-page document says ‘beginning at least in or about 2001’ Maxwell and Epstein ‘enticed and recruited, and caused to be enticed and recruited, minor girls to visit Epstein’s Palm Beach residence to engage in sex acts with Epstein, after which Epstein, Maxwell, or another employee of Epstein’s would give the victims hundreds of dollars in cash.’
Maxwell is accused of calling victims to ‘schedule an appointment for the victim to massage Epstein’ at his Palm Beach home.
The indictment says: ‘When a victim initially arrived at the Palm Beach Residence, she would be greeted by an employee of Epstein’s, including, at times, Maxwell.
‘The victim would then be escorted to a room with a massage table.
‘Once inside, the victim would provide a nude or semi-nude massage for Epstein who would himself typically be naked. During these encounters, Epstein would escalate the nature and scope of the physical contact to include sex acts such as groping and direct and indirect contact with the victim’s genitals’.
Maxwell ‘facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s access to minor victims knowing that he had a sexual preference for underage girls and that he intended to engage in sexual activity with those victims,’ the indictment says.
The new accuser, referred to a Minor Victim-4, allegedly met Maxwell at Epstein’s Palm Beach home when she was around 14
During this period Prince Andrew became friends with Epstein and allegedly had sex three times with one of his victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, allegations the Duke denies. Andrew is pictured with Virginia Roberts, aged 17, and Maxwell in 2001
The new accuser, referred to a Minor Victim-4, allegedly met Maxwell at Epstein’s Palm Beach home when she was around 14.
Maxwell subsequently interacted with her on ‘multiple’ occasions even though she knew she was under 18 at the time, it is claimed.
These interactions took place between 2001 and 2004, the indictment alleges.
Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in jail in 2019 before he could face trial in a sex trafficking case in New York
During this period Prince Andrew became friends with Epstein and allegedly had sex three times with one of his victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, allegations the Duke denies.
Clinton flew on Epstein’s plane on trips to Asia and Africa in the early 2000s and the other passengers included actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker.
The indictment says: ‘Maxwell groomed Minor Victim-4 to engage in sexual acts
with Epstein through multiple means.
‘For example, Maxwell asked Minor Victim-4 about her family and other aspects of her life.
‘Maxwell also sought to normalize inappropriate and abusive conduct by, among other things , discussing sexual topics in front of Minor Victim-4 and being present when Minor Victim- 4 was nude in the massage room of the Palm Beach residence’.
Maxwell allegedly offered to help the girl get a passport for foreign travel but she declined.
On ‘multiple occasions’ Maxwell sent the girl ‘gifts’ including lingerie from an address in Manhattan, which appears to refer to the townhouse she was living in at the time.
Maxwell also allegedly encouraged the girl to recruit ‘other young females to provide sexualized massages to Epstein’, it is alleged.
Minor Victim- 4 brought ‘multiple females, including girls under the age of 18’ and was paid ‘hundreds of dollars in cash’, it is claimed.
Previously Maxwell, 59, had been charged with six counts including enticing minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
The indictment also reveals that prosecutors intend to seize Maxwell’s assets if she is convicted – during a bail application she revealed her and her husband Scott Borgerson are worth $22.5million. The couple are pictured in 2013
She was also charged with perjury in relation to a separate civil case.
All those six counts remain and with the additional two, Maxwell now faces a total of eight allegations.
Earlier this month Maxwell was denied bail for a third time after US District Judge Alison Nathan ruled again that she was a flight risk.
Maxwell had offered to give up her British and French citizenship and offer all her $28.5m assets she and husband Scott Borgerson owned as a surety.
The superseding indictment includes a new section called ‘forfeiture allegations’ which says that if convicted Maxwell will be forced to give up ‘any property, real and personal, that was used to commit or facilitate the sixth count’.
The indictment says that if any of the property has been ‘transferred to a third person’, or ‘placed beyond the jurisdiction of the court’ or ‘commingled with other property which cannot be subdivided without difficulty’ then the prosecution will still ‘seek forfeiture’ of the property.
The provisions appear to be a clear reference to how Maxwell used a series of trusts to move her assets to the ownership of Mr Borgerson, as detailed in financial disclosures she filed to the court.
Maxwell is due to go on trial in July.
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