“She orchestrated it all for Jeffrey,” one of Mr. Epstein’s accusers, Sarah Ransome, who sued him in 2017, told The New York Times in an interview.
The federal indictment charged Ms. Maxwell with six counts, including inducing minors to travel for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual acts and transporting a minor with the intention of engaging in sexual activity and perjury.
The indictment describes three cases between 1994 and 1997 where Ms. Maxwell befriended girls, took them to shopping and to the movies. After establishing rapport with the girls, Ms. Maxwell “normalizes sexual abuse” by undressing in front of them or talking about sexual matters, according to the indictment.
“Maxwell attracted underage girls, trusted them, and then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein had set for her,” said Strauss.
When Mr. Epstein offered to pay for the travel and education of some of the girls, Ms. Maxwell encouraged them to accept his help, according to the indictment.
“As a result, the victims felt in debt and believed that Maxwell and Epstein were trying to help them,” said the indictment.
Epstein then allegedly abused girls in various residences and other locations in New York, New Mexico, Florida and London, according to the indictment.