Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested by the FBI on child sex abuse charges linked to Jeffrey Epstein, US media reports claim.
The British socialite and heiress, who became a confidante of Jeffrey Epstein, has been accused of being the notorious sex abuser's 'pimp'.
She was arrested in Bedford, New Hampshire on charges she conspired with Epstein to sexually abuse minors and is expected to appear in a federal court later today, according to two sources talking to News 4 New York.
The place of her arrest is understood to be close to the home of her alleged boyfriend Scott Borgerson.
Maxwell is accused luring children into the clutches of former boyfriend Epstein and even taking part in some of the abuse – claims she strongly denies.
Epstein, a registered sex offender, was arrested last summer on new federal charges of exploiting dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.
He attempted suicide in custody in late July, and then died after another suicide attempt in early August.
Two of the guards tasked with monitoring Epstein now face federal charges for not properly supervising him before his death.
One day before his suicide, a federal appeals court released the transcript of a 2016 deposition in which Epstein repeatedly refused to say whether Maxwell had procured young girls for him.
Spokespeople for the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan declined to comment on Maxwell's arrest today.
Lawyers for Epstein’s victims hired private investigators to try to find her and have issued writs at a number of addresses worldwide, without success.
The FBI also wants to quiz Maxwell over her links to Epstein, whose crimes have been detailed in Netflix documentary Filthy Rich.
It is claimed she also introduced Prince Andrew to US “sex slave” Virginia Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre.
Roberts has accused Maxwell of recruiting her to work as Epstein’s masseuse when she was 15.
She claims Maxwell directed her to give erotic massages and engage in sexual activities with Prince Andrew and others, and says she had sex with the royal “three times, including one orgy”.
The first encounter allegedly took place in Maxwell’s London home when Virginia was 17.
In April, Epstein accuser Maria Farmer, now 50, filed a sworn affidavit alleging she and her 15-year-old sister were sexually abused by Epstein and Maxwell in 1996.
She claimed Maxwell acted as a “madam”, driving around New York plucking young women off the streets, supposedly to become models, only to take them to be abused by Epstein and his pals.
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