Federal prosecutors have officially charged the disgraced socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell, for her role in allegedly recruiting, grooming, and paying a fourteen-year-old girl to engage in sexual acts with Jeffrey Epstein.
Scroll on to read the full details surrounding the new charges...
Warning: This article contains details that some people may find upsetting.
Now, we all know where this horror story began.
Jeffrey Epstein, born in New York City in 1953, made a name for himself with elite investment bank Bear Stearns, before founding his own investment firm.
But now, he's better known for more sinister reasons.
Epstein was first convicted for a range of sex crimes in 2005 when he pleaded guilty to molesting an underage girl.
Epstein's crimes were far-reaching and varied.
via: NetflixBut, by 2008, he has been convicted for running an underage prostitution ring connected to a number of high powered individuals. Epstein served just thirteen months for this conviction.
But this wasn't the end of his legal troubles.
On July 6th 2019, Epstein was arrested again for sex trafficking of minors in the states of Florida and New York and was held awaiting trial in a New York prison.
Many were looking forward to justice being served.
via: GettyEpstein had managed to get away with vile and criminal acts for the majority of his life, most likely a result of his money and social clout. For his victims, there was finally hope of justice being done.
And many believed his conviction could uncover other high profile and wealthy sex offenders.
Epstein had numerous friends in high places, many of which were known to travel to his elusive island, where the majority of his crimes took place.
Other men involved with Epstein included political figures such as Bill Clinton...
And, even more controversially, Prince Andrew from the British Royal Family.
Of course, all of Epstein's high-profile friends have denied any involvement in this scandal, but people aren't too convinced.
However, before Epstein could dish the dirt on his friends...
via: ShutterstockHe was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell, apparently as a result of hanging.
It was initially presumed that Epstein's death was a suicide...
Anyway, in the months following his death, the investigation fell silent.
Progress seemed to be sparse, but then, the release of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Netflix in May last year catapulted the whole thing back into the spotlight.
The documentary gave several of Epstein's victims a platform they had never had before...
via: NetflixAnd they each detailed similar, yet horrifying tales of being sexually assaulted and raped while giving Epstein and his friends "massages."
Many huge names were yet again circulated throughout the documentary...
And the involvement of Epstein's ex-girlfriend and close friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, fifty-nine, were outlined even further.
Now, in the months following Epstein's death, Maxwell remained hidden and out of the public eye...
via: NetflixAnd, at that time, she wan't reprimanded or publicly questioned for her involvement in the scandal.
But this didn't quite add up...
Because a large majority of Epstein's victims had insinuated that Maxwell had been the to "recruit" the often underaged girls.
So, people were delighted when the news broke of her arrest.
It was reported in July 2020 that Maxwell had finally been arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire.
The British socialite was taken straight into custody...
She was described as a flight risk during the hearing, so was therefore ordered to remain in custody while being transferred to New York for a detention hearing.
Maxwell was formally charged with 6 counts:
via: GettyConspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and 2 counts of perjury, according to the indictment.
She is also charged for repeatedly lying about her involvement in the sex trafficking ring during a 2016 deposition.
If found guilty, Maxwell could be facing thirty-five-years behind bars.
However, on July 14th, Maxwell pleaded not guilty.
via: NetflixAt a hearing via video link, the disgraced socialite remained valiant in her innocence by pleading not guilty.
Yet she was still denied bail.
US federal prosecutors said that she is an "extreme" flight risk and should remain in custody, as per the BBC.
She will remain behind bars until her trial date...
Which has been scheduled for later this year in July 2021.
And, as you'd expect, Maxwell's time in prison hasn't been an easy one.
The former socialite's lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, argued in January that Maxwell is facing tougher jail conditions than inmates convicted of murder or terrorism.
Sternheim said Maxwell is effectively being kept in solitary confinement and is "excessively and invasively" monitored twenty-four hours a day.
Along with video surveillance in her cell, cameras also follow her movements when she is allowed to leave it.
In her letter, Sternheim then said:
"And despite non-stop in-cell camera surveillance, Maxwell's sleep is disrupted every fifteen minutes when she is awakened by a flashlight to ascertain whether she is breathing."
The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are so heinous, she needs to remain in prison until her trial date, at the very least. https://t.co/tA2r2CXpoM— DorindaAVYS (@AvysDorinda) January 26, 2021
But now, there has been a groundbreaking development in her case.
As stated earlier, Maxwell was yesterday charged with the sex trafficking of a minor.
This is the first time she has been charged with sex trafficking...
Previously, she was charged with aiding Epstein's abuse of young girls by allegedly recruiting, grooming, and abusing girls as young as fourteen from the years 1994 to 1997.
Monday's indictment claims that the abuse took place from 1994 to 2004 and references an additional fourteen-year-old girl, identified only as "Minor Victim-4."
According to the indictment, Maxwell met the fourteen-year-old girl at Epstein's Palm Beach residence between 2001 and 2004, when the young girl gave n*de massages to Epstein and during which time Epstein "engaged in multiple sex acts" with her.
The indictment elaborated that Maxwell "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."
Federal prosecutors add sex trafficking charges against Ghislaine Maxwell, alleging she groomed a 14-year-old girl for Jeffrey Epsteinhttps://t.co/J3OPM9CyV9— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) March 29, 2021
It was also detailed that Maxwell or Epstein's other employees paid the girl "hundreds of dollars in cash" after each massage.
The case continues.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.