The British socialite had a changing relationship with the disgraced financier who was found dead in his New York cell
The death of Jeffrey Epstein over the weekend has put renewed focus on the British socialite and heiress Ghislaine Maxwell, who has been accused in civil court documents of conspiring with the disgraced financier to recruit and groom underage girls for sexual abuse.
Maxwell, 57, the daughter of the late press baron Robert Maxwell, has repeatedly and vehemently denied allegations of involvement in a sex-trafficking network run by Epstein, who was awaiting trial in a New York prison when he died.
Prior to his death, Epstein denied federal charges of sex trafficking involving minors which could have resulted in a 45-year prison sentence. However he faced a mountain of evidence including testimony from alleged victims and documents obtained by prosecutors indicating an elaborate trafficking ring.
Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the southern district of New York overseeing the prosecution against Esptein, said over the weekend that the investigation would continue and hinted at the possibility of prosecution of Espteins co-conspirators.