It has just been reported that, weeks after her arrest, Ghislaine Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking charges held against her.
Keep scrolling for the full details, and to find out why she still hasn’t been granted bail…
Ever since Epstein’s controversial death last year, Maxwell’s role in his high-profile sex ring scandal has been questioned more and more, and calls for her arrest have been overwhelming.
But now, nearly a year on, she has finally been taken into custody…
And, it seems that she’s prepared to call out some pretty big names in order to cooperate with the investigation.
Jeffrey Epstein, born in New York City in 1953, made a name for himself with elite investment bank Bear Stearns, before founding his own investment firm.
But now he’s far better known for different reasons.
Epstein was first convicted for a range of sex crimes in 2005, when he pleaded guilty to molesting an underage girl.
But, by 2008, he has been convicted for running an underage prostitution ring connected to a number of high powered individuals.
Epstein served just thirteen months for this conviction.
On July 6th last year, Epstein was arrested again for sex trafficking of minors in the states of Florida and New York, and was held awaiting trial in a New York prison.
Epstein has managed to get away with vile, criminal acts for the majority of his life, most likely a result of his money and social clout.
For his victims, there was finally hope of justice being done.
And many believed his conviction could uncover other high profile and wealthy sex offenders.
Epstein has numerous friends in high places, and one of those friends is in one of the highest places possible – sitting in the Oval Office.
Epstein has had a long friendship with Donald Trump, and his convictions for these horrific crimes have not reflected well on the President.
And, even more controversially, Prince Andrew from the British Royal Family.
Of course, all of Epstein’s high-profile friends have denied any involvement in this scandal, but people aren’t too convinced.
He was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell, apparently as a result of hanging.
But because of the nature of his crimes, plus the connections Epstein had to the political and social elite, some have other suspicions about what really happened.
Epstein was undoubtedly close to Donald Trump – who, in the past, had said that Epstein “likes beautiful women as much as I do.”
The fact he was about to take the stand – and clearly had information about other participants in his crimes – made some believe his death was just a little too convenient.
And the fact that he “committed suicide” before any unsavory information could come out does seem like some suspiciously good timing for his past associates.
The idea that a man could manage to commit suicide while under tight surveillance already seems unlikely.
Progress seemed to be sparse, but then, the release of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Netflix last month catapulted the whole thing back into the spotlight.
And they each detailed similar, yet horrifying tales of being sexually assaulted and raped while giving Epstein and his friends “massages.”
And the involvement of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend and close friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, fifty-eight, were outlined even further.
And she was never reprimanded or publicly questioned for her involvement in the scandal.
Because a large majority of Epstein’s victims had claimed that Maxwell was the one who “recruited” the often underaged girls.
And the information she could reveal on Epstein’s sex ring could blow the case right open.
It was reported that Maxwell had finally been arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire at around 8:30 am on Thursday.
And she was described as a flight risk during the hearing, so was therefore ordered to remain in custody while she is transferred to New York for a detention hearing.
Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and 2 counts of perjury, according to the indictment.
This is a huge development in the fight for justice and, if found guilty, Maxwell could be facing thirty-five-years behind bars if found guilty.
At a hearing via video link, the disgraced socialite remained valiant in her innocence by pleading not guilty.
However, she has still been denied bail.
US federal prosecutors have said that she is an “extreme” flight risk and should remain in custody, as per the BBC.
Which has been scheduled for July 2021.
This is a developing story, and we will post updates accordingly.