Report: FBI Investigating Epstein Pal Ghislaine Maxwell

Sources tell Reuters the agency is asking questions about the mysterious socialite
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2019 11:09 AM CST

No one seems to know for sure where Ghislaine Maxwell is, with CBS This Morning noting the Jeffrey Epstein friend has been keeping a "low profile" since his August suicide. But while that mystery continues, the FBI is apparently trying to figure out her role in the Epstein sex trafficking scandal in absentia, with two law enforcement sources telling Reuters the agency is investigating the 58-year-old British socialite. Although Maxwell hasn't been accused of criminal wrongdoing, she's reportedly a central focus of the FBI's probe, said to be in its early stages and also looking into others "who facilitated" Epstein's behavior.

Forbes offers more background on Maxwell, the daughter of late disgraced publishing mogul Robert Maxwell and one of Epstein's closest confidantes. Several women have said Ghislaine Maxwell, who has denied all accusations, was involved in Epstein's alleged sex ring of underage girls. One person who doesn't seem to be in the FBI's sights, at least not at the moment: Prince Andrew, who Reuters' sources say isn't currently on the FBI's list of future interviewees. A royal family rep says whether the prince gets put in the interview hot seat is "a matter for the FBI." (More Jeffrey Epstein stories.)

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