The FBI has arrested Jeffrey Epstein’s long-time friend and alleged procurer Ghislaine Maxwell on charges related to a probe by New York federal prosecutors into Epstein’s alleged rampant serial sexual abuse of young girls and women, according to NBC News.
The arrest comes just days before the anniversary of Epstein’s arrest in the case on child sex traffic charges. The wealthy investor Epstein, 66, killed himself in a federal jail last August.
NBC News, citing law-enforcement sources, said that Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire, and is scheduled to appear in a federal court sometime Thursday. Typically, a person charged in a federal is first presented in the federal district in which they were arrested.
Epstein’s victims have called for the arrest of the daughter of the disgraced media mogul and swindler Robert Maxwell every since Epstein was charged last July.
The FBI and a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which is prosecuting the case, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The SDNY, which has scheduled a press conference on Maxwell’s arrest for noon ET Thursday in lower Manhattan.
Epstein was a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, as well as of Britain’s Prince Andrew.