Epstein investigators want to speak to Guinness family aristocrat

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

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

The flight logs show that she made 32 trips on the Epstein Boeing 727 between 1998 and 2000, including trips to her luxury homes in New York, Florida and the Caribbean.

It is not suggested that the Countess is suspected of a crime, but lawyers for the Epstein victims are already suspected of having sought her out as a possible witness.

US investigators want to contact former Epstein partner Clare Hazell (photo) who made 32 flights aboard the late pedophile’s “Lolita Express” plane, it was said.

The investigation into the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein continues despite the arrest of key suspect Ghislaine Maxwell yesterday (Maxwell and Epstein are photographed together in 2005)

The investigation into the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein continues despite the arrest yesterday of key suspect Ghislaine Maxwell (Maxwell and Epstein are photographed together in 2005)

The countess’s contact information was listed in Epstein’s famous “little black book” under her married name, Clare Hazell-Iveagh.

According to the flight logs, Epstein accompanied her on all but one flight.

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

The plane was nicknamed the “Lolita Express” because it was used to transport young girls to the private Caribbean island of Epstein or its ranch in New Mexico.

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

Other passengers on the plane include Alan Dershowitz, a lawyer who denies allegations by accuser of Prince Andrew Virginia Roberts Giuffre that she was trafficked by Epstein.

Ms. Hazell worked as an interior designer and the nature of her connection to Epstein is not entirely clear, but a friend said that she considered him a funder.

Ms. Hazell was studying at Ohio State University in the 1990s and is believed to have had a modeling agency and an apartment in Columbus, Ohio.

The friend described her as being at Epstein’s “beck and call”, saying how the mutual plans would be canceled immediately if Epstein and Maxwell needed them.

They also recalled how Mrs. Hazell talked about going on vacation with her boyfriend to the Caribbean property of Epstein.

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

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

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

One of Epstein’s accusers, Maria Farmer, said that Mrs. Hazell “liked having good drinks, lots of money and nice clothes.”

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

Reports at the time indicated that the earl was the 30th richest man in Britain with a fortune of £ 375 million ($ 470 million).

The couple own the Elveden Estate in East Anglia, which has been owned by the Guinness family since the late 19th century.

Edward Cecil Guinness bought the land in 1894 and the current count describes him as a “producer and supplier of world-class local and regional food excellence”.

MailOnline approached the countess for comments on the Epstein probe, which remains underway despite the charges announced against Maxwell yesterday.

A grand jury issued a six-counted indictment against Maxwell on June 29, almost a year after Epstein’s indictment.

The indictment alleges:

  • Maxwell cared for three anonymous girls, all under the age of 18, in London, New York and Florida, and in New Mexico between 1994 and 1997
  • She befriended them by taking them to the movies or shopping and by engaging in “normalized” abusive behavior by undressing herself in front of them
  • She encouraged them to travel to meet Epstein and to have sex with him and him as “group sex massages” in Epstein’s homes.
  • His presentation earned him to mistreat them when she was not present
  • She lied in the 2016 depositions while being chased by Virginia Giuffre Roberts that she had never cared for or had sex with underage girls herself

Maxwell, who has not yet pleaded guilty, faces 35 years in prison if convicted. She previously denied any involvement in the Epstein crimes.

Maxwell was picked up by FBI and NYPD detectives at 8:30 a.m. on the property in Bradford, New Hampshire, which she purchased in December 2019 using a limited company called Granite LLC to protect his name.

Audrey Strauss, Acting U.S. Lawyer for the Southern District of New York, gestures as she speaks at a press conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in exploitation and the sexual abuse of several minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York

Audrey Strauss, Acting U.S. Lawyer for the Southern District of New York, gestures as she speaks during a press conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in exploitation and the sexual abuse of several minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York

The indictment reads in part: “Ghislaine Maxwell facilitated the access of Jeffrey Epstein to underage victims knowing that he had a sexual preference for underage girls and that he intended to engage in sexual activities with these victims ”.

THE ALLEGATIONS

THE CHARGES

Conspiracy to induce minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts (5 years)

Incitement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual 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)

FACTS’

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

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

Maxwell is said to have made friends with the girls by asking them about their lives and their education. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, gaining their confidence to deliver them to Epstein later, it is said.

To “normalize” the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them about sex.

She then not only facilitated Epstein’s abuse, say prosecutors, but participated in it herself.

The alleged sexual abuse includes “sexualized group massages”.

The indictment also indicates that 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, Maxwell treated the girls, including one in London.

“Victim 1” met Maxwell when she was 14 years old in 1994, according to the indictment.

Maxwell would have treated her by taking her to the movies and shopping, asking her questions about school, her lessons, her family and other aspects of her life.

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

The trio then engaged in “group sexualized massages” on several occasions, according to the indictment. The victim was allegedly encouraged by Epstein and Maxwell to go to the financier’s home in New York and Florida “for sexual purposes with Epstein”.

‘Victim 2’ met Ghislaine in 1996 and is said to have been treated by her at Epstein Ranch in New Mexico.

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

‘Victim 3’ met Maxwell in London in 1994 and was treated until 1995, it is alleged. Maxwell encouraged her to massage Epstein “knowing that Epstein would engage in sexual acts,” she said.

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

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, the acting US prosecutor for the southern district, Audrey Strauss, said: “Maxwell attracted underage girls, trusted them, and then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein had handed it to him.

“She claimed to be a woman they could trust, while preparing her to be sexually abused by Epstein in some cases, by Maxwell herself.

“Today, after many years, Ghislaine Maxwell is finally charged for her role in these crimes.”

FBI special agent William Sweeney said the office “has been watching Maxwell” for some time. “

“We have been discreetly monitoring Maxwell for some time.

“She slipped into a beautiful New Hampshire property, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims continue to live with the trauma inflicted on them years earlier. ”

Before the shame of Epstein, she and Maxwell had an amazing network of influential and important friends and acquaintances around the world, including Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

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