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Ghislaine Maxwell is also under investigation in the U.S. Virgin Islands for her ‘participation in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking operation’ after she filed a lawsuit against the financier’s estate to pay her legal fees
- Prosecutors in the US Virgin Islands revealed their investigation into Ghislaine Maxwell in a court filing on Friday
- The filing seeks to intervene in a lawsuit Maxwell filed against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate earlier this year through a court in the Caribbean territory
- In that lawsuit Maxwell requested reimbursement for legal fees from the estate
- Virgin Islands prosecutors are using the case to subpoena Maxwell under their probe into her role in ‘Epstein’s criminal sex trafficking and sexual abuse’
- Maxwell is already facing six sex trafficking charges in New York
Authorities in the US Virgin Islands have launched their own probe into Ghislaine Maxwell’s alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
The Caribbean island territory’s Department of Justice announced its investigation into Epstein’s alleged madam in a court filing on Friday which seeks to intervene in a lawsuit she filed against the financier’s estate.
Maxwell, who is already facing six charges in New York, sued Epstein’s estate through a court in the Virgin Islands earlier this year to obtain reimbursement for legal fees she was incurring from suits brought by his alleged victims, claiming that Epstein had repeatedly promised to support her financially.
Prosecutors in the Virgin Islands are now using the case to subpoena Maxwell as part of its investigation into her ‘participation in Epstein’s criminal sex trafficking and sexual abuse conduct’.
The July 10 filing claims that Maxwell has managed to evade the government’s subpoena process since March.
Authorities in the US Virgin Islands revealed their own investigation into Ghislaine Maxwell’s alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking operations and sexual abuse on Friday. Maxwell and Epstein are pictured together in 2005
Epstein – who died in jail last year while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges – was a resident of the Virgin Islands for more than 20 years. The Caribbean territory’s government is seeking to claim the two islands he owned there – Little St James (pictured) and Great St James
‘The government’s need to intervene is further fueled by Maxwell’s inappropriate use of the Virgin Islands courts to seek payment and reimbursement from the Epstein criminal enterprise, while she circumvents the service of process of government subpoenas related to her involvement in that criminal enterprise,’ the filing obtained by Bloomberg News states.
The territory’s Department of Justice is also seeking to claim two islands – Little St James and Great St James – which Epstein owned during the 20 years he spent as a resident of the Virgin Islands.
Attorneys representing Maxwell in the Virgin Islands and in her criminal case in New York did not immediately return DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
DailyMail.com has also reached out to the attorney general’s office in the Virgin Islands for additional details on the scope of the Maxwell probe.
Maxwell was arrested on a slew of federal sex trafficking charges from the Southern District of New York on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire, and is now being held at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
The 58-year-old British socialite is accused of enticing underage girls to travel for sex, actually having sex with them and Epstein and later lying about it under oath in depositions when she was being sued by Virginia Giuffre Roberts, one of Epstein’s accusers who says she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17.
Maxwell, who has maintained her innocence in Epstein’s crimes and called the allegations against her ‘absolute rubbish’, is expected to enter a plea in court on Tuesday.
Her lawyers have requested that she be released on $5million bail while awaiting trial.
Prosecutors have argued that she should remain in jail as she poses a flight risk due to her international network of friends and access to unlimited resources.
Several Epstein victims have described Maxwell as his chief enabler, recruiting and grooming young girls for abuse.
In the weeks following her arrest, reports have surfaced that she could be in possession of a cache of videos showing other powerful people – including two top US politicians – having sex with minors.
It remains unclear whether Maxwell intends to cooperate with prosecutors, potentially dragging more of Epstein’s associates into the fray.
The New York allegations against Ghislaine Maxwell
Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)
Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)
Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)
X 2 counts of Perjury (x 10 years)
Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein.
They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.
To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions.
She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself.
The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’.
The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.
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