Ghislaine Maxwell charged with grooming girls for Jeffrey Epstein – BBC News
The British socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell, has appeared in court in America, just hours after she was arrested by the FBI.
The 58-year-old has been charged with grooming girls for her former boyfriend, the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and repeatedly lying about it.
Prosecutors claim that Ghislaine Maxwell helped Epstein to exploit underage girls, some of them as young as 14. In some cases they say she took part in abuse herself.
Ghislaine Maxwell had not been seen in public since Epstein died in prison last August. The FBI said she had been “lying low” in New Hampshire since December.
Ms Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing as well as any knowledge of Epstein’s crimes.
Prosecutors have again spoken of their wish to speak to Prince Andrew, a long-term friend of Ghislaine Maxwell and former friend of Jeffrey Epstein.
Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Nada Tawfik is in New York and Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell.
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