A top Sydney neurosurgeon whose wife accuses him of assaulting her in their bedroom says he never laid a hand on her and it was she who attacked him.
Dr Timothy Steel told Downing Centre Local Court how his work Christmas party descended into police being called to the couple’s Bellevue Hills home the next morning.
Dr Steel’s wife Emma has accused her husband of kicking, punching and slapping her after he came home heavily intoxicated early one morning last year.
The former model alleges her husband had been having an affair with his receptionist, with whom he was in a hotel room on the night of the Christmas party.
Dr Timothy Steel told Downing Centre Local Court how his work Christmas party descended into police being called to the couple’s Bellevue Hills home the next morning
Dr Steel’s wife Emma has accused her husband of kicking, punching and slapping her after he came home heavily intoxicated early one morning last year. Couple pictured together in November 1 2005
Dr Steel’s wife Emma (pictured) has accused her husband of kicking, punching and slapping her after he came home heavily intoxicated early one morning last year
Dr Steel, who is said to earn between $6million and $8million a year, is facing charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and damaging property.
The 56-year-old has categorically denied ever having an affair with the receptionist – or anyone else – during his marriage or of assaulting 41-year-old Mrs Steel.
Dr Steel said that on Friday, December 13 last year, he had organised a Christmas party at Woolloomooloo’s W Hotel for 50 to 60 guests.
Among those invited were friends, colleagues, nurses, radiographers, theatre staff and three receptionists.
Dr Steel said that morning his wife had been in a bad mood and while in the shower she had thrown a wet fake tanning mitt across the bathroom at him.
‘I hate you,’ Mrs Steel allegedly said. ‘Why don’t you just leave. Get out.’
Dr Steel said he performed surgery that day and then attended the W Hotel where the party had paid for drinks and canapes to be served from 6 to 9pm.
Mrs Steel arrived at the gathering with the couple’s children, sat in an area separate from the main party and stayed about an hour and a half.
‘She was aggressive, angry and hostile to me,’ Dr Steel told the court. ‘She would not speak to me and she told me to away.
‘She did not come anywhere near me. She was rude to my staff.’
Dr Steel said he left the party shortly after his wife tried to call his receptionist about 4.20am. Mrs Steel has accused of having an affair with that woman, a claim he said was untrue.
Dr Steel said his wife screamed at him with accusations he had been having an affair with his secretary Angie Turner (pictured left). His practice manager Stephanie Jobson is pictured right
The former model alleges her husband had been having an affair with his receptionist, with whom he was in a hotel room on the night of the Christmas party. She is pictured centre alongside Roxy Jacenko (left) and another friend (right) at a social event
Mrs Steel has said she confronted her husband while he was in bed about 8.45am and reminded him the couple was due at a well-known Rose Bay restaurant at 1pm.
‘I said to him, “Tim we’re not going to be able to go to lunch with our neighbours at Catalina,”‘ Mrs Steel said.
‘I was trying to talk to him and getting no response.’
Mrs Steel told the court her husband then allegedly attacked her, assaulting her four times with a punch to the head and stomach and a slap to the face.
She also accused him of pinning her down and ripping her hair extensions out.
After the alleged assault Dr Steel had run downstairs and jumped in the pool while holding his wife’s phone. Mrs Steel then called police.
Dr Steel said on Wednesday he had been sound asleep, face down in bed, when his wife woke him up by scratching his back and head.
‘I was awoken by severe pain in my back and behind my ears,’ he said. ”I was hit about three or four times.’
Dr Steel said his wife screamed at him with accusations he had been having an affair with his secretary Angie Turner.
He said she told him: ‘You’re a f***ing disgrace. I’t disgusting. You’ve been with Angie.
‘You were having sex with Angie. I had a private investigator following you. I’ve got everything I need.’
Pictured: Dr Steel, a senior neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital
Dr Steel said there was a scuffle over a phone he thought was his but later turned out to belong to his wife. He denied ever hitting or intentionally hurting Mrs Steel.
‘My only preoccupation was to get the phone,’ he said. ‘I couldn’t understand why she continued to attack me and my only concern was getting out the door.
‘I had not done what my wife was accusing me of. I just wanted to stop being hit and get away.’
Ms Turner told the court she had never had anything other than a professional relationship with Dr Steel.
Any suggestion she had an affair with him was ‘ridiculous’.
After the Christmas party she had been in a hotel room with Dr Steel and practice manager Stephanie Jobson.
Dr Steele had paid for the room because Ms Turner lived in Cronulla and Ms Jobson lived in Wollongong.
Ms Turner was surprised Mrs Steel had tried to call her about 4.20am.
‘I just said to him, “I think you need to go”,’ she said of Dr Steele.
‘He seemed frightened. He seemed very concerned to go home and face Emma because they had been fighting all night.
‘I think she told him to f*** off at one stage.’
Ms Jobson was also asked is he had ever had an affair with Dr Steel.
‘Absolutely not,’ she said.
Dr Steel said he had gone downstairs and jumped into the pool because he was in so much pain.
‘When I was being attacked and scratched the whole top half of my body… was burning and so I was looking for something to calm it down and put the fire out, as such,’ he said.
He believed the phone he had in his hands was his and knew it was water-resistant for 30 minutes.
Mrs Steel said red scratch marks across her husband’s body shown in photographs tendered to the court were inflicted as she tried to defend herself.
Dr Steel outside court on Tuesday. He is facing charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and damaging property
Dr Steel described a troubled marriage and alleged his wife had previously attacked him.
‘She is regularly aggressive,’ he said. ‘Regularly confrontational and regularly demanding.
‘When she is confronted by difficulties her behaviour deteriorates. Certainly verbal abuse is common and verbal denigration is almost constant.’
Mrs Steel has also claimed she was the victim of ongoing financial abuse, which Dr Steel denies.
Mrs Steel told the court on Tuesday her husband gave her $10,000 a month for personal expenses and $10,000 to run their household but sometimes the total sum was up to $24,000.
Dr Steel said the household allowance covered costs including their children’s expenses, after-school activities, clothing and groceries.
Dr Steel is seen leaving Downing Centre District Court during a break in proceedings on Tuesday
It did not go towards bills such as rates, utilities, school fees, holidays, motor vehicle expenses, insurance, takeaway food or restaurant meals.
The court heard in total Mrs Steel received $175,902 in regular payment over seven months last year, which included a top-up of $30,902 to the $2,500-a-month she was given.
Dr Steel’s solicitor Paul McGirr said it was ‘farcical’ under those circumstances for Mrs Steel to claim financial abuse.
‘I was living within our means of a four to six million annual salary,’ she said.
‘I was spending five per cent of our annual income.’
Mrs Steel claims she is in fear of her husband and police have applied for an apprehended violence order against him.
‘I’m petrified because of the ongoing abuse,’ she told police.
Dr Steel is one of Australia’s leading neurosurgeons. His wife alleges he would reduce his payments to her if he was unhappy with her
Mrs Steel said her husband had always controlled her life and the couple’s finances during their 11-year marriage.
‘Throughout my marriage I have been very controlled, not allowed to go out when I would like to go out,’ she said.
‘I’m not allowed to live my life under my rules.
‘It’s always been under Tim’s rules.’
On Tuesday Mr McGirr asked Mrs Steel if Dr Steel had paid her $175,902 between June 1 and December 31 last year.
‘I don’t know the exact amounts,’ she said.
‘My husband Dr Steel earns between four to six million each year.’
Mrs Steel insisted she had been the victim of financial abuse and that her husband reduced her payments if he was unhappy with her.
‘I would send him a text message begging him to put the regular amount which was ($2,500) a week,’ she said.
‘The payments were going in regularly. He was just changing the payments.
‘He would just decrease them if I didn’t do what he said.
‘I was bribed, Mr McGirr. I was bribed. I was a puppet.’
Emma Steel (centre) pictured at a Christmas lunch at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Silver Committee in 2014
Mr McGirr questioned why Mrs Steele could not survive off an allowance of $24,000 a month from her husband.
Mrs Steel said she would have to ask for further funds from her husband such as $2,500 to buy Christmas presents.
‘A lot of the time he would say that’s your budget and you have to live within your means,’ she said.
‘He would use the term advance – he would “advance” me.’
Mr McGirr asked Mrs Steel if her husband had deposited $1.3million into her superannuation account in 2017.
‘I haven’t checked my super account,’ she said.
‘I don’t know what’s in my super account. I could log in and have a look. I don’t know.’
Asked what evidence she had of her husband having an affair Mrs Steel conceded she had never seen them together ‘kissing or being intimate’.
‘I’ve seen text messages between the two of them and I’d heard conversations between them,’ she said.
Mrs Steel denied having told her husband she had hired a private investigator to follow him.
Dr Steel, a senior neurosurgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst, is unable to practise due to the charges against him.
The hearing continues.
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Ghislaine Maxwell will NEVER sell out Prince Andrew says confidante Laura Goldman
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’.
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)
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.
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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