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Brisbane Logan baby could be orphaned as mum and fights for life in hospital after horror car crash 

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A three-year romance between two young lovers has come to an end and a baby girl has been left without a father after a horror car crash. 

Couple Tamzyn Rodda, 21, and Slayde Collins, 24, were hurled through the front windscreen of their Toyota Hilux after Mr Collins lost control of the car on Chambers Flat Road in Logan in Brisbane‘s south just before 1.30am on Sunday. 

Mr Collins, a dedicated father to the couple’s two-year-old daughter Grace Marie, died at the scene. 

Ms Rodda is now in intensive care in Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, and her family are now faced with the agonising task of telling her she has lost her partner when she regains consciousness.

Tamzyn Rodda, 21, (left) with her partner Slayde Collins, 24 (right). The pair were thrown through the windshield of their Toyota Hilux as it rolled on Sunday

Tamzyn Rodda, 21, (left) with her partner Slayde Collins, 24 (right). The pair were thrown through the windshield of their Toyota Hilux as it rolled on Sunday

Tamzyn Rodda, 21, (left) with her partner Slayde Collins, 24 (right). The pair were thrown through the windshield of their Toyota Hilux as it rolled on Sunday

Mr Collins holding his two-year-old daughter Grace Marie. Mr Collins died in the crash and Ms Rodda was taken to hospital, while young Grace faced the prospect of becoming an orphan

Mr Collins holding his two-year-old daughter Grace Marie. Mr Collins died in the crash and Ms Rodda was taken to hospital, while young Grace faced the prospect of becoming an orphan

Mr Collins holding his two-year-old daughter Grace Marie. Mr Collins died in the crash and Ms Rodda was taken to hospital, while young Grace faced the prospect of becoming an orphan

‘This is a very tough time for Tamzyn, Grace and obviously all Slayde’s and Tamzyn’s family and friends,’ Ms Rodda’s friend Nicole Fitzpatrick told The Courier Mail.

‘I can’t even imagine how she will feel when she wakes up to find out she has lost her love.

‘It brings tears to my eyes to even think about the hurt she will feel.’

Ms Rodda was revealed to be in a stable condition on Tuesday but still remains in intensive care at hospital. 

Ms Fitzpatrick’s GoFundMe page for Grace and Ms Rodda reportedly raised more than $1,900 in a few hours. 

The raised funds will go towards Mr Collins’ funeral, Ms Rodda’s medical bills and to look after little Grace, according to her family. 

The couple publicly displayed their affection when Mr Collins updated his Facebook profile picture (pictured) to one of himself with Ms Rodda last month

The couple publicly displayed their affection when Mr Collins updated his Facebook profile picture (pictured) to one of himself with Ms Rodda last month

The couple publicly displayed their affection when Mr Collins updated his Facebook profile picture (pictured) to one of himself with Ms Rodda last month

Now that Mr Collins has passed away, his romance with Ms Rodda has tragically and abruptly come to an end. 

Ms Rodda and Ms Collins first met each other in 2017 and began dating shortly after before Grace was born. 

Logan local Aaron Lecomber said the couple were were well known among his friends and very ‘obviously’ in love. 

The couple publicly displayed their affection when Mr Collins updated his Facebook profile picture to one of himself with Ms Rodda last month. 

‘I love you,’ Ms Rodda commented, prompting Mr Collins to reply: ‘Love you.’ 

Tamzyn taking a selfie with baby Grace Marie. The family is now rallying around the pair

Tamzyn taking a selfie with baby Grace Marie. The family is now rallying around the pair

Tamzyn taking a selfie with baby Grace Marie. The family is now rallying around the pair

It is believed Mr Collins and Ms Rodda were dropping two friends home when their vehicle rolled near a notorious blackspot and they were flung through the windshield on to a grassy verge in front of a Chambers Flat property. 

Local resident Colin Chapman came out of his house to find the terrible scene and said he held Mr Collins in his arms as he died.

Mr Collins’ partner Tamzyn had been sitting in the front passenger seat at the time of the crash and was critically injured.

She was rushed to the intensive care unit of Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital.

On Monday she remained in intensive care in a stable condition with injuries to her head and pelvic region.

The couple’s two-year-old baby daughter Grace Marie is being cared for by family members as relatives and friends rallied around the young family. 

Tributes poured in for the devoted young father from devastated family and friends as news of Mr Collins’ death spread.

Tamzyn Rodda

Tamzyn Rodda

Slayde Collins

Slayde Collins

Tamzyn Rodda (pictured left) was in a stable condition in intensive care on Monday with head injuries. Her beloved partner Slayde Collins (right) was killed in the crash

‘Watching you grow into a young man, an amazing dad to Grace, a hard worker and larrakin was an absolute pleasure,’ wrote Carly Downer.

‘My heart is broken to see such a wonderful, kind-hearted soul gone too soon – you will be forever missed Slayde Collins.’

Logan resident Aaron Lecomber who shared a circle of friends with the couple said the tight-knit community had been deeply hurt by the tragedy.

‘It’s a difficult time because everyone knows each other through mutual friends,’ he told the Courier Mail.

The community had not yet recovered from the loss of Aaron Young last month, who was killed while loading a trailer in Beenleigh. 

Mr Collins’ devastated mother Mel Collins, grandmother to Grace, posted a beautiful photo on Facebook of her son cradling his newborn daughter, along with a photograph of Slayde with his motocross bike.

‘My baby doing what he loves,’ she wrote. 

There were two other women in the Toyota Hilux at the time of the crash, one aged 25 from Holmview and one aged 19 from Crestmead.

Slayde Collins taking his tiny baby daughter Grace for a walk along the beach. Family members described Slayde as an amazing father and a kind-hearted, gentle soul

Slayde Collins taking his tiny baby daughter Grace for a walk along the beach. Family members described Slayde as an amazing father and a kind-hearted, gentle soul

Slayde Collins taking his tiny baby daughter Grace for a walk along the beach. Family members described Slayde as an amazing father and a kind-hearted, gentle soul

The Toyota Hilux pictured after the horrific accident at Chambers Flat on Sunday

The Toyota Hilux pictured after the horrific accident at Chambers Flat on Sunday

The Toyota Hilux pictured after the horrific accident at Chambers Flat on Sunday

Both suffered minor injuries and were treated by paramedics at the scene, police said.

The crash happened on Chambers Flat Rd on a curve near Kenny Rd, a blackspot near where a 27-year-old man died last year when his motorcycle collided with a car turning into Isla St.

Logan City Council has reviewed the speed limit on the street a number of times and residents have been calling for the road to be fixed.

Residents will meet Council officers on Wednesday to discuss the issue, The Courier Mail reported.

The crash brought Queensland’s road toll to 117 with five fatalities in just 48 hours.  

Police from the Forensic Crash Unit are investigating and have asked anyone with information to please contact Queensland police.

Emergency services at the scene of the fatal crash

Emergency services at the scene of the fatal crash

Emergency services at the scene of the fatal crash

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Ghislaine Maxwell will NEVER sell out Prince Andrew says confidante Laura Goldman

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Pressure mounted on Prince Andrew to speak to the FBI before Ghislaine Maxwell starts ‘naming names’.

Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison for child sex charges after officers swooped on her US bolthole on Thursday. 

It comes as a close confidante of Maxwell says she will ‘never sell out’ Prince Andrew as part of any plea deal with investigators after she was arrested on child sex charges.

Laura Goldman, who has known Maxwell for several years, told The Telegraph she would ‘never’ offer information about alleged links between Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein.

‘The only way she can walk is if she gives someone up, but that definitely won’t be Andrew,’ Ms Goldman told the publication.

‘She is so appreciative that when she first came to New York, the Duke helped to launch her into high society. She always talks about what a true friend he is. She doesn’t see any reason to speak about him to the authorities.’

There is concern among royal circles over what implications Ms Maxwell’s arrest in New Hampshire on Thursday could have for the Duke, 60, who was reportedly introduced to the billionaire paedophile by her in 1999. 

Tonight, a new photograph emerged of the socialite sitting in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace alongside actor Kevin Spacey in 2002, years before police began investigating Epstein’s links to sex trafficking and abuse.

Tonight’s bombshell revelation comes as the Mail can reveal:

  • Maxwell started legal moves to purchase her secluded New Hampshire bolthole the very day after Andrew’s car crash TV interview;
  • Victims urged the duke to speak to the FBI, saying ‘more excuses, more delays’ were ‘torture’ for them;
  • The duke’s immediate fate rests with Home Office officials who must judge if the US can quiz him in a court;
  • Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts branded Maxwell ‘an evil monster’ and said she cried tears of joy at her arrest. 
Laura Goldman, who has been friends with Ghislaine Maxwell for several years said she would 'never sell out' Prince Andrew following her arrest on child sex charges

Laura Goldman, who has been friends with Ghislaine Maxwell for several years said she would 'never sell out' Prince Andrew following her arrest on child sex charges

Laura Goldman, who has been friends with Ghislaine Maxwell for several years said she would ‘never sell out’ Prince Andrew following her arrest on child sex charges

Yesterday one former associate of her late paedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein predicted she would co-operate fully with the authorities in a bid to reduce any future jail time, adding: ‘There’s a lot of people very worried. She knows everything.’

One lawyer representing Epstein victims, Gloria Allred, said: ‘If Miss Maxwell decides that she is going to co-operate and talk about Prince Andrew… Prince Andrew might want to get to the prosecutors first.’

The duke’s allies insisted he wants to ‘do his best’, claiming he had tried unsuccessfully to break the deadlock with US prosecutors three times in the past month.

The comments came as former Epstein associate Steven Hoffenberg, a convicted fraudster who worked with the financier in the 1980s, said of Maxwell: ‘She’s going to co-operate and be very important. There’s a lot of people very worried. She knows everything. She’ll totally co-operate.’

'The only way she can walk is if she gives someone up, but that definitely won’t be Andrew,' Ms Goldman said of Maxwell. Pictured: The Prince with Maxwell at Ladies' Day at Ascot in June 2000

'The only way she can walk is if she gives someone up, but that definitely won’t be Andrew,' Ms Goldman said of Maxwell. Pictured: The Prince with Maxwell at Ladies' Day at Ascot in June 2000

‘The only way she can walk is if she gives someone up, but that definitely won’t be Andrew,’ Ms Goldman said of Maxwell. Pictured: The Prince with Maxwell at Ladies’ Day at Ascot in June 2000

Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents six of Epstein’s victims, said it was ‘highly likely’ Maxwell, 58, would strike a plea deal with prosecutors.

Another lawyer representing more Epstein victims, Spencer Kuvin, agreed. ‘I think [Maxwell] will talk,’ he said. ‘She will be in panic mode, and will want to do anything to get a lighter sentence. For anyone who has culpability for anything over the past ten to 15 years, I’d be nervous.’

Chillingly, he added: ‘I don’t think she is going to get out of jail alive. I said the same thing about Jeffrey Epstein and people laughed at me. I think she knows way too much… I just have this gut feeling.’

Epstein hanged himself in his cell last August while awaiting trial on child sex charges. His guards were found to have faked records saying they had checked on him.

Conspiracy theories abound that Epstein was killed to stop him talking about his powerful friends. Prince Andrew stayed with Epstein at his mansions in New York, Florida and the Caribbean, where women have claimed they were abused. He also flew on Epstein’s private jet, nicknamed the ‘Lolita Express’.

However, he insisted last year that he never saw, witnesses or suspected ‘any behaviour of the sort’ that led to Epstein’s arrest and conviction for child sex offences.

London mayor Sadiq Khan was among those urging the duke to talk to US officials, telling LBC: ‘I think it’s really important for those of us in positions of power and influence to lead by example.

‘We shouldn’t lose sight of… who the victims are. The victims were children at the time, vulnerable children, young women, and it’s really important that anybody who’s got information helps the FBI and that includes Prince Andrew as well.’

Mrs Allred, who represents five Epstein victims, told Good Morning Britain: ‘I’m just so tired of the excuses. The victims want the truth. We know that Prince Andrew was at Epstein’s home in London and in Manhattan and elsewhere, so he is an important person, and if Miss Maxwell decides that she is going to co-operate and talk about Prince Andrew and what he did there, Prince Andrew might want to get to the prosecutors first.’

Yesterday sources close to the duke, 60, claimed he wants ‘to do his best to offer his assistance as a witness’. They insisted his legal team had been proactive, sending three emails in the past month to the Americans to ‘open negotiations’ to discuss the terms under which he might give a witness statement.

The last contact was made within the past few days but there has been no response, the sources said.

The FBI has made no secret of its wish to meet Andrew face-to-face and question him under oath – suggesting a statement drafted with his lawyers would not suffice.

One insider said Andrew and his team were puzzled as to why other high-profile men linked to Epstein were not being pursued with the same vigour.

‘It seems like the duke is a high-profile scalp for the Department of Justice and they are using his name to rattle cages and look like they are actively doing something,’ they said.

Andrew’s immediate fate is in the hands of Home Office officials, who must decide whether to grant US officials’ request for ‘mutual legal assistance’ made in April.

Under the terms of a 1994 treaty between the US and UK, this could see the duke forced to give evidence in a courtroom.

A specialist unit of civil servants within the Home Office is ‘processing’ the request ‘via the normal channels’, sources said.

Once their recommendation has been made, the final ruling is expected to be made by Home Secretary Priti Patel.

With no time limit attached to the request, officials may not wish to rush their decision. They may also hope the prince resolves the situation himself.

British socialite Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, now faces six federal charges including child abuse, trafficking and perjury.

She was said to have spent the first day following her arrest at Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen, New Hampshire. She will eventually be transferred to Manhattan, where she could end up in the jail where Epstein, 66, killed himself.

She was arrested in a secluded property in the New Hampshire, fittingly called ‘TuckedAway’. The Mail can reveal it was bought via limited company Granite Reality, which was established on November 18 last year.

This was one day after Prince Andrew’s Newsnight interview, intended to clear up his relationship with Epstein but which led to him quitting frontline royal duties.

Maxwell has already made one brief court appearance in New Hampshire but has not entered any plea to allegations relating to three girls, one as young as 14 and another in London.

She allegedly befriended schoolgirls and took them shopping before luring them into Epstein’s clutches, as well as abusing them herself. She has previously denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

Virginia Roberts, who claims she was Epstein’s teenage sex slave and was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times, thanked the FBI for arresting ‘an evil monster’.

Miss Roberts – whose claims the prince strenuously denies – added: ‘When I got the call, I was elated, crying tears of joy, laughing… finally, we got her. This woman found me, groomed me, abused me and handed me over to Jeffrey and his friends.’

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Cop who placed Elijah McClain in a deadly chokehold is fired

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One of the three Colorado policemen involved in the killing of Elijah McClain in August was fired on Friday, after receiving photos of officers fooling around and re-enacting McClain’s killing, which were shown to McClain’s family.

Jason Rosenblatt was fired on Friday for receiving the photo, to which he responded: ‘Ha ha ha”.

The day before another officer, Jaron Jones resigned from Aurora police for staging the disturbing images. His two co-workers, Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich, were fired on Friday for appearing in the photo.

The image shows Jones pretending to choke another officer, while Marrero and Dittrich look on and laugh.

The police union reacted with anger to Rosenblatt’s firing, saying he was only terminated for receiving the photos, which he had no part in making, and saying there had not been sufficient investigation. 

McClain, 23, a massage therapist who loved animals and who taught himself to play the guitar and the violin, serenading animals to soothe them, died after police held him in a choke hold on August 24.

Jaron Jones resigned from Aurora police on Thursday for staging the ‘re-enactment’ photo. Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich were fired on Friday for appearing in the photo, which McClain’s family said was ‘a new low’ for the Aurora police department

The three also took a smiling selfie after posing for the ‘re-enactment’ of McClain’s killing in Colorado

Jason Rosenblatt was fired on Friday for receiving a photo re-enacting McClain's killing

Jason Rosenblatt was fired on Friday for receiving a photo re-enacting McClain's killing

Jason Rosenblatt was fired on Friday for receiving a photo re-enacting McClain’s killing

An asthmatic, was walking home from a convenience store in Aurora at 10:30pm when someone called 911, saying he ‘looked sketchy’ and was wearing a ski mask and waving his arms.

The police arrived and, after struggling to handcuff McClain, officers brought him to the ground and used a carotid hold, which restricts blood to the brain to render someone unconscious. 

When medical responders arrived, after about 15 minutes, paramedics injected him with ketamine, a powerful sedative. He died on the way to hospital.

McClain’s family described the photos, taken some time last summer, as ‘a new low’.

‘Just when we thought the Aurora Police could not be any worse, they somehow find a new low,’ the McClain family said in a statement. 

‘This is a department where officers tackled an innocent young black man for no reason, inflicted outrageous force – including two carotid chokeholds – for fifteen minutes as he pled for his life, joked when he vomited, and threatened to set a dog on him for not lying still enough as he was dying. 

‘They tampered with their body cameras to hide the evidence. They exonerated the killers. 

‘They deployed riot police and spewed pepper gas on peaceful protesters at a vigil of mourners playing the violin. And now this.’ 

Elijah McClain, 23, was killed by three white police officers in Colorado in August

Elijah McClain, 23, was killed by three white police officers in Colorado in August

Elijah McClain, 23, was killed by three white police officers in Colorado in August

Aurora Police confirmed the resignation of Jaron Jones following the re-enactment photos

Aurora Police confirmed the resignation of Jaron Jones following the re-enactment photos

Aurora Police confirmed the resignation of Jaron Jones following the re-enactment photos

The three officers were called when McClain was spotted walking home from a store. Rosenblatt, center, was fired on Friday but the other two remain in the force

The three officers were called when McClain was spotted walking home from a store. Rosenblatt, center, was fired on Friday but the other two remain in the force

The three officers were called when McClain was spotted walking home from a store. Rosenblatt, center, was fired on Friday but the other two remain in the force

Mike Coffman, mayor of Aurora, said the pictures were deeply troubling.

‘It really reopens wounds in our community,’ he said. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI also are looking into the photos to see if they should launch a civil rights investigation. 

The three officers who attended the 911 call on August 24 – Nathan Woodyard, Rosenblatt and Randy Roedema – were placed on administrative leave, but they were all reinstated.

On Friday Aurora Police Association condemned the firing of Rosenblatt, without mentioning him by name.

The APA said he had been denied due process. 

The police union Friday issued a statement condemning the firing of Jason Rosenblatt and saying he was denied fair process

The police union Friday issued a statement condemning the firing of Jason Rosenblatt and saying he was denied fair process

The police union Friday issued a statement condemning the firing of Jason Rosenblatt and saying he was denied fair process

Dave Young, district attorney, said at the time that charges could not be brought against the three because a pathologist could not determine whether it was homicide.  

McClain’s death generated renewed attention after the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis in May stirred worldwide protests over racial injustice and police brutality.  

The governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, recently appointed the Attorney General, Phil Weiser, as a special prosecutor to look into McClain’s case. 

Rosenblatt was not fired for his role in the killing, but rather for receiving the image. 

Meghan McCain, co-host of The View, tweeted his final words, as heard on police audio.

Meghan McCain was among those to express outrage at McClain's killing, tweeting on July 1 her disgust at the cops

Meghan McCain was among those to express outrage at McClain's killing, tweeting on July 1 her disgust at the cops

Meghan McCain was among those to express outrage at McClain’s killing, tweeting on July 1 her disgust at the cops

McCain tweeted a transcript of Elijah McClain's last words as the three police officers pinned him to the ground

McCain tweeted a transcript of Elijah McClain's last words as the three police officers pinned him to the ground

McCain tweeted a transcript of Elijah McClain’s last words as the three police officers pinned him to the ground

In the audio, McClain tells the police he isn’t armed, and has no intention of hurting anyone, saying: ‘Why are you attacking me? I don’t even kill flies! I don’t eat meat! But I don’t judge people.’

Later, as the choke hold tightens, he says: ‘Oww – that really hurt. You are all very strong. Team work makes the dream work.’

He then begins crying. 

‘Listen to the audio and tell me there isn’t true, unabashed evil in this world,’ she tweeted.

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Jeffrey Epstein investigators seek Guinness family aristocrat

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Jeffrey Epstein investigators want to speak to a British aristocrat who made 32 flights on the pedophile’s ‘Lolita Express’ plane as the inquiry continues after the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, it has been claimed.

Sources told the Daily Beast that investigators want to contact former Epstein associate Clare Hazell, who became the Countess of Iveagh when she married into the Guinness brewing family in 2001. 

The Countess who works as an interior designer lives with her husband Edward Guinness at Elveden Estate in Suffolk with their son.   

Flight logs show her making 32 trips on Epstein’s Boeing 727 between 1998 and 2000, including trips to his luxury homes in New York, Florida and the Caribbean.  

It is not suggested that the Countess is suspected of any crime, but lawyers for Epstein’s victims are already thought to have sought her out as a possible witness. 

US investigators want to contact former Epstein associate Clare Hazell (pictured) who made 32 flights on the late paedophile's 'Lolita Express' plane, it has been claimed

US investigators want to contact former Epstein associate Clare Hazell (pictured) who made 32 flights on the late paedophile's 'Lolita Express' plane, it has been claimed

US investigators want to contact former Epstein associate Clare Hazell (pictured) who made 32 flights on the late paedophile’s ‘Lolita Express’ plane, it has been claimed 

The investigation into Jeffrey Epstein's crimes is continuing despite the arrest of key suspect Ghislaine Maxwell yesterday (Maxwell and Epstein are pictured together in 2005)

The investigation into Jeffrey Epstein's crimes is continuing despite the arrest of key suspect Ghislaine Maxwell yesterday (Maxwell and Epstein are pictured together in 2005)

The investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes is continuing despite the arrest of key suspect Ghislaine Maxwell yesterday (Maxwell and Epstein are pictured together in 2005) 

The Countess’s contact details were listed in Epstein’s infamous ‘little black book’ under her married name, Clare Hazell-Iveagh.

According to flight logs, Epstein accompanied her on all but one of the trips on board the plane. 

Maxwell, who was yesterday arrested in New Hampshire and accused of procuring underage girls for Epstein, was also a passenger on some of the flights. 

The plane was dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’ because it was used to ferry young girls to Epstein’s private Caribbean island or his ranch in New Mexico. 

Epstein is also known to have flown with former president Bill Clinton on board the plane, and Maxwell was a guest at his daughter Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in 2010. 

Other passengers on the plane included Alan Dershowitz, a lawyer who denies allegations from Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre that she was trafficked to him by Epstein.  

Ms Hazell worked as an interior designer and the nature of her connection to Epstein is not fully clear, but a friend said that she regarded him as a financial backer. 

Ms Hazell was studying at Ohio State University in the 1990s and reportedly had a modelling agency and an apartment in Columbus, Ohio. 

The friend described her as being at Epstein’s ‘beck and call’, saying how mutual plans would be cancelled immediately if she was needed by Epstein and Maxwell. 

They also recalled how Ms Hazell had spoken of going on vacation with her boyfriend at Epstein’s Caribbean property. 

Maxwell and Bill Clinton on the Lolita Express - Epstein's private jet that was used to ferry underage girls to his private island in the Caribbean and his ranch in New Mexico

Maxwell and Bill Clinton on the Lolita Express - Epstein's private jet that was used to ferry underage girls to his private island in the Caribbean and his ranch in New Mexico

Maxwell and Bill Clinton on the Lolita Express – Epstein’s private jet that was used to ferry underage girls to his private island in the Caribbean and his ranch in New Mexico 

Clare Hazell flew on the Lolita Express (pictured) 32 times between 1998 and 2000, according to flight logs

Clare Hazell flew on the Lolita Express (pictured) 32 times between 1998 and 2000, according to flight logs

Clare Hazell flew on the Lolita Express (pictured) 32 times between 1998 and 2000, according to flight logs  

One of Epstein’s accusers, Maria Farmer, recalled that Ms Hazell ‘liked having nice drinks, piles of cash and nice outfits’.  

Ms Hazell became a Countess when she married the Earl of Iveagh, Arthur Edward Rory Guinness, in 2001, and gave birth to an heir called Arthur in 2003. 

Reports at the time said the Earl was the 30th-richest man in Britain with a £375million ($470million) fortune. 

The couple are the owners of the Elveden Estate in East Anglia, which has been in the Guinness family since the late 19th century. 

Edward Cecil Guinness bought the land in 1894 and the current Earl describes it as a ‘world-class producer and purveyor of local and regional food excellence’.   

MailOnline has approached the Countess for comment about the Epstein probe, which remains ongoing despite the charges announced against Maxwell yesterday.   

A grand jury returned a sealed, six-count indictment against Maxwell on June 29, almost a year after Epstein was charged.   

The indictment alleges: 

  • Maxwell groomed three unnamed girls, all under the age of 18, in London, New York and Florida, and New Mexico between 1994 and 1997 
  • She befriended them by taking them to the movies or on shopping sprees and ‘normalized’ abusive behavior by getting undressed in front of them herself 
  • She encouraged them to travel to meet Epstein and engage in sex acts with them and him like ‘group massage sex’ in Epstein’s homes  
  • Her introduction of them to him resulted in him abusing them when she was not present  
  • She lied in 2016 depositions while being sued by Virginia Giuffre Roberts that she’d never groomed or had sex with underage girls herself  

Maxwell, who has yet to enter a plea, faces 35 years in prison if convicted. She has previously denied any involvement in Epstein’s crimes. 

 Maxwell was picked up by the FBI and NYPD detectives at 8.30am at the property in Bradford, New Hampshire, she had bought in December 2019 using a limited liability company called Granite LLC to shield her name 

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, gestures as she speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, gestures as she speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, gestures as she speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York

The indictment reads in part: ‘Ghislaine Maxwell facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s access to minor victims knowing that he had a sexual preference for underage girls and that he intended to engage in sexual activity with those victims’.  

THE ALLEGATIONS

THE CHARGES

Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years)

Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years)

Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (5 years)

Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years) 

 X 2 counts of Perjury (10 years)

THE ‘FACTS’ 

Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein. 

They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.

Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.

To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions. 

She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself. 

The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’. 

The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel. 

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Among the allegations in the indictment is that Maxwell groomed the girls, including one in London.  

‘Victim 1’ met Maxwell when she was 14 in 1994, the indictment reads.

Maxwell allegedly groomed her by taking her to the movies and on shopping trips, asking her about school, her classes, her family and other aspects of her life.

‘She then sought to normalize inappropriate and abusive conduct by, among other things, undressing in front of her and being present when she undressed in front of Epstein,’ according to the indictment.

The trio then engaged in ‘group sexualised massages’ on more than one occasion, the indictment claims. The victim was allegedly encouraged by Epstein and Maxwell to travel to the financier’s homes in New York and Florida ‘for the purpose of sexual encounters with Epstein’. 

‘Victim 2’ met Ghislaine in 1996 and was allegedly groomed by her at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch. 

The indictment claims that Maxwell gave her a topless massage and ‘encouraged [her] to massage Epstein’. 

‘Victim 3’ met Maxwell in London in 1994 and was groomed until 1995, it is alleged. Maxwell encouraged her to massage Epstein ‘knowing that Epstein would engage in sex acts’ as she did so, prosecutors claim.

The indictment alleges that Maxwell knew the three women were underage at the time.  

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Acting US Attorney for the Southern District Audrey Strauss, said: ‘Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein had set for them. 

‘She pretended to be a woman they could trust, all the while she was setting them up to be sexually abused by Epstein in some cases, by Maxwell herself. 

‘Today after many years, Ghislaine Maxwell finally stands charged for her role in these crimes.’  

FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said the bureau had been ‘keeping tabs’ on Maxwell ‘for some time’. 

‘We have been discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell for some time.

‘She slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims continue to live with the trauma inflicted on them years earlier.’  

Before Epstein’s disgrace, she and Maxwell had an astonishing network of influential and important friends and acquaintances around the world, including Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.  

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