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Ghislaine Maxwell, associate of Jeffrey Epstein, arrested by the FBI

Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite who was accused by many women of helping procure underage sex partners for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested in the US, the FBI says.

Maxwell, who lived for years with Epstein and frequently travelled with him around the world, was taken into custody about 8.30am on Thursday in New Hampshire, the FBI said.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in New York in 2005.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in New York in 2005.Credit:Getty Images

An indictment alleged that Maxwell “assisted, facilitated and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse” girls under the age of 18.

The indictment included counts of 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 two counts of perjury.

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