Ghislaine Maxwell: the woman accused of helping Jeffrey Epstein groom girls

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 …

Who were the rich and powerful people in Jeffrey Epstein’s circle?

The wealthy financier was connected to well-known names including Trump, Clinton and Prince Andrew before his July arrest Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, whose his recent arrest on charges of sex trafficking, but they included politicians, socialites, royals and top business figures. Donald Trump Donald Trump reportedly nicknamed the Lolita Express. Clinton has denied any close relationship with Epstein, instead linking their contact to aid work in the developing world. Prince Andrew A documents filed by Virginia Giuffres lawyers, one accuser claimed in a deposition that Maxwell recruited her under the guise of a legitimate assistant position, but asked her to perform sexual massages for Epstein. Leslie Wexner The billionaire behind the Victorias Secret lingerie chain hired Epstein in 1991 to …

Epstein case: judge agrees to keep documents on 2008 plea deal secret

Court grants prosecutors request amid concern that releasing materials could hinder investigation of financiers associates A judge in New York has granted a request from prosecutors to keep secret documents relating to resignation earlier this month of the US labor secretary, Alex Acosta, who was US attorney in Miami at the time. In a court filing, prosecutors with the southern district of New York argued that the materials could affect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals [and that] would impede, if prematurely disclosed, the governments ongoing investigation of uncharged individuals. The order is only one of several signals that prosecutors plan to widen their investigation into what they allege was a years-long scheme to recruit and sexually abuse dozens of …

Capitalism gone wrong: how big pharma created America’s opioid carnage

A web of firms ramped up narcotic painkiller sales, creating the biggest drug epidemic in American history as profits surged As Oklahomas attorney general, Mike Hunter laid out his indictment against one of the biggest corporations in America, he made a point of saying that he was not hostile to big business. The fact that I am a Republican, a conservative and a believer in capitalism and the marketplace does not require me to turn a blind eye when corporations hurt people, Hunter told a state court. When a politician who once worked for the banking industrys lobby arm, and who sided with oil companies against environmental regulations, is not only suing a multinational for $17bn but accusing it of …

Trump brushes off North Korea’s launch of ‘some small weapons’

President says recent missile tests bother some people, but not him, and praises regime for calling Joe Biden a fool of low IQ Donald Trump has dismissed concerns about North Koreas recent missile tests, calling them small weapons, a day after his national security adviser said there was no doubt the launches violated UN security council resolutions. The US president UN resolutions prohibited the launch of any ballistic missiles and urged Kim Jong-un to return to denuclearisation talks. Despite scant progress from two summits with the North Korean leader, Trump has made much of his personal relationship with Kim, saying last year that he Nobodys happy about it. US officials had previously expressed optimism that Trump would meet Kim for …