Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrives in New York to face sex abuse charges

Maxwell was charged with enticing minors to engage in illegal sex acts with Epstein in the mid-1990s and lying about it later.
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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in New York City in 2005.Joe Schildhorn / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images file

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By Jonathan Dienst and Tom Winter

Ghislaine Maxwell has arrived in New York City to face charges of helping Jeffrey Epstein recruit and sexually abuse underage girls, a senior law enforcement official said Monday.

Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of Epstein's, was arrested Thursday morning in New Hampshire. She was taken to New York early Monday, the official said, and is being housed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

A detention hearing for Maxwell will likely take place by Friday.

Maxwell was charged in a six-count indictment alleging that she enticed minors to engage in illegal sex acts with Epstein in the mid-1990s — and lied about it later.

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Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan federal prison in August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell had been living on a 156-acre property in the tiny New Hampshire town of Bradford. The 4,300-square-foot timber frame house was purchased for a little more than $1 million late last year by an anonymous limited liability corporation, according to federal prosecutors.

"More recently we learned she had slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims lived with the trauma inflicted on them years ago," William Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI in New York City, said last week.

A Bureau of Prisons spokesperson confirmed Monday afternoon that Maxwell was in custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center.