NEW - Superseding Indictment hits Ghislaine Maxwell with charges for "sex trafficking of a minor"
Newly Filed Superseding Indictment shows depth of conspiracy
Today the US Government filed a superseding indictment against Ghislaine Maxwell, alleging an additional minor victim (Minor Victim-4) who was allegedly subject to a sex trafficking conspiracy between 2001 and 2004.
A Summary of the New Charges
Maxwell had previously been charged with counts of conspiracy to “entice minors to travel” that lasted until 1997. This new indictment provides that there is a fourth minor victim to this conspiracy, which took place between 2001 and 2004. As explained by the Government in today’s letter to the court:
The new indictment also adds a new charge - a “sex trafficking conspiracy” - between 2001 and 2004, in which Minor Victim-4 was “a victim of this conspiracy.”
The Government further alleges that Maxwell “Participated in the sex trafficking of a minor.”
Specific Allegations in the Superseding Indictment:
Maxwell groomed a “14 year old” victim “to engage in sexual acts with Epstein.”
Maxwell and Epstein’s other “conspirators” sent the minor lingerie and gifts. Epstein and Maxwell encouraged the minor to “recruit other young females to provide sexualized massages to Epstein.” These efforts were successful - they found more victims.
New Charges of “Sex Trafficking of a Minor.” The superseding indictment alleges Maxwell recruited, enticed a minor “to engage in at least one commercial sex act with Jeffrey Epstein.”
The newest charges relate to conduct that occurred at Epstein’s Palm Beach residence. Maxwell will fight these charges and allege she is protected by the DOJ’s sweetheart deal with Epstein, which stated:
[T]he United States also agrees that it will not institute any criminal charges against any potential co-conspirators of Epstein, including but not limited to Sarah Kellen, Adriana Ross, Lesley Groff, or Nadia Marcinkova.
We will update with developments as they come through…