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Big Epstein Question: Where Is Ghislaine?

Socialite and longtime companion is keeping a low profile
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2019 2:22 PM CDT
Ghislaine Maxwell, in a screenshot from an interview about a philanthropic project for the oceans.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – The death of Jeffrey Epstein has put a renewed focus on Ghislaine Maxwell, the socialite who was a regular presence by Epstein's side for years. Maxwell, though, has been accused of being far more than a party planner or assistant—many of the girls who have accused Epstein of sexual abuse say Maxwell was the point person who coordinated their visits. Now a key question is whether prosecutors will go after her as part of the Epstein investigation. "Any co-conspirators should not rest easy," Attorney General William Barr said Monday of the sex-trafficking investigation, reports the AP. He did not mention any names. Details and developments on Maxwell:

  • Where is she? Unknown, but believed to be living abroad, reports the Washington Post. The 57-year-old had a townhouse in Manhattan but sold it in 2016. Her lawyers told a judge the following year she was in London but did not have a fixed address. "Authorities have had trouble locating her," per the Post, and nobody expects her to return to the US on her own.
  • No charges: Maxwell has not been charged with anything, and she has adamantly denied accusations that have surfaced against her, notably in a since-settled defamation suit filed by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre. "Virginia is an absolute liar and everything she has said is a lie," Maxwell said in that deposition. (A trove of court documents about Epstein, including from that defamation case, was released Friday.)

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