Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell transferred to New York, to be arraigned Friday

U.S. government is expected to argue no bail for Maxwell.

Updated: July 6, 2020 - 3:02pm

Ghislaine Maxwell, the long-time confidant of convicted sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein, will be arraigned Friday in New York, a Southern District of New York official tells Just the News. 

Maxwell was arrested Thursday in New Hampshire and has been charged in connection with federal sex-abuse crimes. She was reportedly taken Monday to a detention center in Brooklyn.

The 58-year-old Maxwell will be arraigned before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alison Nathan.

The government is expected to argue that Maxwell be denied bail because she is a flight risk.

Maxwell reportedly has three passports, has traveled extensively around the world in the past several years, has numerous bank accounts in the U.S. and abroad, and the financial means to leave the country.

Exactly one year ago, Epstein was arrested on federal sex-trafficking charges in connection with minors in Florida and New York. He was found dead in his jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial. 

Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 in a Florida court to procuring underage girls for prostitution and to soliciting a prostitute.

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