UPDATED 7:12 AM PT — Monday, August 12, 2019
With Jeffrey Epstein now dead, attention is turning to the late billionaire’s alleged accomplice. The day before Epstein was found unconscious, thousands of pages of documents from a previous lawsuit were released alleging Epstein’s long-time confidante Ghislaine Maxwell ordered young girls to perform sexual acts on Epstein and other high profile men.
One of those accusers is Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who was 16 when she was allegedly brought into Epstein’s sex trafficking operation. She says Maxwell actively groomed her and played a leading role in forcing her to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew, former Maine Senator George Mitchell, and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
“Being a woman it kind of surprises you that a woman would let that happen, but to groom you into doing it,” stated Giuffre.
Other women say Maxwell threatened them and even sexually abused them herself, but she’s denied having any involvement in a sex-trafficking operation. No charges have ever been filed against Maxwell, and she now reportedly lives outside the U.S. with attorneys saying she likely won’t return out of fear she could be arrested.
However, that’s not stopping prosecutors from continuing to investigate all aspects of Epstein’s alleged operation. Following the billionaire’s death, Manhattan’s U.S. attorney says his office remains committed to standing by Epstein’s victims and continuing its investigation.
While it’s unclear if charges will ever be filed against Maxwell, it appears the investigation is only beginning to unfold. Although Epstein in now dead, the public continues to demand answers to give justice to the many women who say they were enslaved by the billionaire financier.