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Ghislaine Maxwell attends a reception for the Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarships held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, U.S., on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Photo: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg Ghislaine Maxwell attends a reception for the Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarships held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, on Sept. 22, 2013. Photo: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime friend and close confidante of Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested Thursday in New Hampshire and charged in Manhattan federal court with helping the deceased financier run an underage sex trafficking ring that stretched from New York to London.

In an unsealed indictment signed by acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss, prosecutors in the Southern District of New York accused Maxwell, formerly a prominent British socialite, of befriending girls as young as 14 to engage in illegal sex acts with Epstein and then lying under oath about her involvement.

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Tom McParland

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