Ghislaine Maxwell is also being investigated in the U.S. Virgin Islands for her ‘participation in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking operation’ after filing a lawsuit against the financier’s estate to pay her legal costs.
- Prosecutors in the U.S. Virgin Islands revealed their investigation of Ghislaine Maxwell in court proceedings on Friday
- The filing is to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Maxwell earlier this year against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate through a court in the Caribbean
- In that process, Maxwell requested a refund of the legal costs of the estate
- Prosecutors from the Virgin Islands use the case to sue Maxwell under their investigation for her role in “Epstein’s criminal sex trafficking and sexual abuse”
- Maxwell has already faced six sex trafficking charges in New York
Authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands have conducted their own investigations into Ghislaine Maxwell’s alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
The Caribbean Island Ministry of Justice announced its investigation of the alleged Ms van Epstein in legal proceedings on Friday, which seeks to intervene in a lawsuit that it has brought against the financier’s estate.
Maxwell, who is already facing six charges in New York, sued Epstein’s estate earlier this year through a court in the Virgin Islands to get a refund for the legal costs she incurred from lawsuits filed by his alleged victims, and alleged that Epstein had repeatedly promised to grant her financial support.
Prosecutors in the Virgin Islands are now using the case to sue Maxwell as part of her investigation into her “participation in the criminal sex trafficking and sexual abuse of Epstein.”
The July 10 filing alleges that since March Maxwell has been successful in circumventing the government subpoena process.
U.S. Virgin Islands authorities 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 photographed together in 2005
Epstein – who died in prison last year pending a sex charges charge – was a resident of the Virgin Islands for more than 20 years. The government of the Caribbean territory is trying to claim the two islands he owned there – Little St James (photo) and Great St James
The government’s need to intervene is further fueled by Maxwell’s improper use of the Virgin Islands courts to demand payment and repayment from the criminal company Epstein, while bypassing the government’s subpoena trial related to its involvement in that criminal enterprise, filed by Bloomberg News states.
The territory’s Department of Justice is also trying to claim two islands – Little St James and Great St James – that Epstein owned during the 20 years he spent as a resident of the Virgin Islands.
Lawyers representing Maxwell in the Virgin Islands and in her New York criminal case did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
DailyMail.com has also contacted the Attorney General’s office in the Virgin Islands for more information on the scope of the Maxwell probe.
Maxwell (photo 2013) was arrested on July 2 on a series of federal sex trafficking charges from New York’s Southern District. The British socialite has kept her innocence and accused the charges against her ‘absolute nonsense’
Maxwell was arrested on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire for a series of federal sex trafficking charges from New York’s Southern District, and is now being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
The 58-year-old British socialite has been accused of seducing underage girls to travel for sex, actually having sex with them and Epstein, and later lying under oath in statements when she was charged with one of the prosecutors Virginia Giuffre Roberts from Epstein who says she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17.
Maxwell, who has retained her innocence in Epstein’s crimes and called the charges against her “ absolute bullshit, ” is expected to make a plea on Tuesday.
Her lawyers have requested that she be released on $ 5 million bail pending trial.
Prosecutors have argued that she should remain in prison because she poses a flight risk due to her international network of friends and access to unlimited resources.
Several of Epstein’s victims have described Maxwell as his primary enabler, recruiting and nursing young girls for abuse.
In the weeks since her arrest, reports have surfaced that she may have a cache of videos in which other powerful people – including two prominent American politicians – have sex with minors.
It remains unclear whether Maxwell plans to partner with prosecutors, potentially dragging more of Epstein’s employees into battle.
The charges in New York against Ghislaine Maxwell
Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts (maximum sentence of 5 years)
Temptation of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts (20 years)
Conspiracy to transport minors with the intention of participating in criminal sexual activities (20 years)
Transport of a minor with the intention of participating in criminal sexual activities (minimum 10 years, maximum life)
X 2 counts perjury (x 10 years)
Prosecutors say Maxwell cared for three girls for Epstein between 1994 and 1997.
They are not mentioned in the charges, but she has reportedly attacked them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Maxwell reportedly befriended the girls by asking them about their lives and their education. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and letting them shop, and gaining their confidence to later deliver them to Epstein, it is said.
In order to “normalize” the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she stripped naked for the girls and asked them sexual questions.
She then facilitated Epstein not only by abusing them, prosecutors say, but she also participated in it herself.
The alleged sexual abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’.
The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel “owed” to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and make him pay for their education and travel.