The U.S. federal government has filed two new charges of sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor against the notorious British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
The new charges bring a fourth alleged victim to the case against the ex-girlfriend of the late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell has been accused of recruiting and grooming a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual acts with Epstein at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
The new federal indictment charges that on numerous occasions between 2001 and 2004, the girl provided nude massages to the disgraced financier during which he sexually abused her, reports New York Times.
The new indictment says that after the girl provided Epstein with the massages, Maxwell or other associates of the late pedophile paid the girl hundreds of dollars in cash. The new charges go much further than those contained in an earlier indictment that accused her of assisting Epstein in the recruitment, grooming and sexual abuse of the girls.
However, the earlier indictment did not include sex trafficking charges.
The charges come 9 months afte the 59-year-old Maxwell was arrested on a range of charges related to the sexual exploitation of minors and perjury. Prior to Monday, she faced six charges including four dating back to the years between 1994 and 1997 as well as two perjury charges from 2016.
Epstein, 66, was found hanged in a lone cell in the special housing unit (SHU) of a federal Manhattan prison in Manhattan while facing a potential prison sentence of up to 45 years on charges of pedophilia and sex trafficking. A city medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.
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