The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a British socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell who had been a long term associate of the late US financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died while awaiting his trial on sexual abuse charges. The Bureau mentioned several other people who were linked to Jeffrey Epstein or assisted him in committing the crimes.
Maxwell and Others Who are Complicit for the Crime
Maxwell has been a key target for the FBI’s investigation, as she worked with Epstein for a long time. According to Reuters, “A principal focus of the FBI’s investigation is Maxwell, a longtime associate of Epstein, and other ‘people who facilitated’ Epstein’s allegedly illegal behavior.” The case against Maxwell was initiated after several of Epstein’s victims complained about her involvement in the sexual case of the late financier.
A source said that the FBI opened a helpline at the New York field office after Epstein’s arrest in July 2019 and thereafter, the agency has now many leads after several women contacted the helpline. Many women who were victims of Epstein’s sexual case mentioned the name, Maxwell. Apart from her, many sources revealed several others including British Prince Andrew had also been alleged for involving in the crime.
However, the sources said, “The FBI has no current plans to interview Britain’s Prince Andrew, a friend of Epstein’s who stepped down from his public duties in November because of what he called his ‘ill-judged’ association with the well-connected money manager.”Approaching the British royal family, a representative of the family said that it was ‘a matter for the FBI’ whether or not to interview Andrew.
Epstein’s Sexual Cases and Victims testimonies
Epstein committed suicide in August 2019, a month after he was arrested. He was charged for trafficking dozens of minor girls, as young as 14-year-old, between 2002 and 2005. Prosecutors said, “He recruited girls to give him massages, which became sexual in nature.” However, he pleaded not guilty of the charges.
Following Epstein’s arrest, the FBI encouraged those victims to move forward and share their information regarding the case, using the agency’s helpline. The US Attorney General, William Barr claimed that he would be fighting for all victims and punish anyone who was complicit with the financier. In August 2019, Barr stated, “Any co-conspirators should not rest easy.”
One of Epstein’s sexual abuse victims, Virginia Giuffre, shared her testimony in a civil lawsuit that Maxwell recruited her and forced her to have sex with Epstein and friends including Andrew. Denying the allegation of the victim, Maxwell called, “Giuffre’s claims are all lies.” In response, Giuffre filed a defamation suit against Maxwell in 2015. Andrew’s involvement was repeatedly mentioned in a BBC interview that recently aired in December 2019.
Andrew, a 59-year-old prince, firmly denies the allegation and asserted he has no memory of meeting the victim. As per the two law enforcement sources, “The FBI’s principal focus is for those people who facilitated Epstein and that Andrew does not fit into that category.” However, it is likely that the FBI would seek to interview Andrew soon.
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