Jeffrey Epstein & # 39; s confidant and one-time girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell may soon be charged because it is just closing over the alleged co-conspirators of the deceased sex predator.
Maxwell, 57, has been accused in litigation for purchasing underage girls for Epstein and managing the complex logistics of his perverted crimes – allegations she denies.
Following Epstein's death behind bars earlier this month in what was ruled as a suicide, Attorney General Bill Barr promised the human trafficking case against & # 39; any co-conspirators & # 39; to continue.
Now federal authorities weigh charges against the inner circle of Epstein, including sex trade allegations and sex trade conspiracy, two knowledgeable sources told the New York Times.
Epstein and Maxwell can be seen in Batman Forever in New York in 1995. Maxwell was near Epstein for years and could be the first to be charged with his sexual crimes
Ghislaine (left) is seen in 1987 along with her mother and father, the one-time pension administrator of the British Daily Mirror and the New News of New York
Maxwell, the daughter of the fraudulent British newspaper publisher and alleged Mossad agent Robert Maxwell, met Epstein for the first time at a party in New York City in the 1990s.
The two had a romantic relationship for several years, but the exact nature of their relationship in the following decades remains unclear.
However, it was Maxwell who first introduced Epstein to Prince Andrew – a relationship that is being watched more and more, despite Andrew's strong denials he once committed in sexual misconduct.
Epstein's domestic staff described her as & # 39; Lady of the House & # 39; and sworn in statements that she was central to the management of his household affairs.
& # 39; They were like business partners, & # 39; Janusz Banasiak, Epstein's house manager, said in a statement.
Epstein's butler, Alfredo Rodriguez, described Mrs. Maxwell in a statement as & # 39; the boss & # 39 ;.
Maxwell is seen posing in 1999 for a photo shoot to promote Sotheby & # 39; s vintage fashion collection that left assistants amazed at her & # 39; intense sexual atmosphere & # 39;
Donald Trump is seen with then girlfriend Melania Knauss, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell posing together in the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, 12 February 2000
Virginia Roberts photographed in early 2001 with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell. Allegedly Maxwell introduced Epstein and Andrew
The prosecutors of Epstein said that Maxwell's authority extended to the management of the complex logistics of his perverted activities with girls from the age of 14.
& # 39; She orchestrated the whole thing for Jeffrey, & # 39; said Sarah Ransome, one of about two dozen women who spoke in front of a federal judge in New York on Tuesday.
Some of the most serious allegations come from Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who accused Maxwell in a lawsuit to lure her to become an international sex slave for Epstein and his friends.
Guiffre says she was 16 or 17 in the summer of 2000 and worked as a towel girl at Mar-a-Lago when Maxwell approached her, eventually leading her to be flown around the world with & # 39; Lolita Express & # 39; from Epstein.
Guiffre & # 39; s recently unsealed lawsuit alleges that Maxwell & # 39; actively participated in recruiting underage girls and young women for sex with Epstein, as well as planning the girls to come by, and maintaining a list of girls and their telephone number. & # 39;
Epstein and Maxwell are attending a performance by Rod Stewart in Cipriani Wall Street in 2005
Maxwell is seen with Rupert Murdoch in 2010. After Epstein made a plea in 2008, she was no longer seen in public with him, but remained on the New York social circuit
Maxwell has strongly denied in the past that she was involved in criminal sex trade or other sexual crimes.
In 2008, after Epstein made a sweetheart plea to lodge charges for prostitution and served a one-year prison sentence, Maxwell and Epstein were no longer spotted together at public events.
However, she remained active on the social scene in New York for a few years, until increasing lawsuits and allegations became more severe.
In April 2016, the New York mansion where she had lived was sold for $ 15 million, and by the fall of 2016 she was no longer publicly seen or photographed.
Maxwell can be seen in one of her last known public photos of her, attending VIP Evening of Conversation for Women & # 39; s Brain Health Initiative, moderated by Tina Brown in October 2016
In 2017, her lawyers claimed before an American judge that they didn't know where she was, and said she might be in London, but they didn't have an address.
Since then, the only public observation has been a series of fake photos that claimed to show Maxwell at an In-N-Out in Los Angeles.
DailyMail.com revealed that those photos were staged, possibly to throw investigators off her path.
Instead, Maxwell may be hiding in the mansion of tech director Scott Borgerson, whose sources, according to DailyMail.com, left his wife for Maxwell a few years ago.
It is also possible that she has fled the US for fear of federal charges
Four other women near Epstein were considered so important to his operation that they received immunity from federal charges in his 2008 plea.
They are Sarah Kellen, Lesley Groff, Adriana Ross and Nadia Marcinkova.
The southern district of New York, which brought the new federal case before the death of Epstein, has said that it is not bound by that immunity agreement and that anyone there could still be charged.
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