1. SOUNDBITE (English) Audrey Strauss, Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York:
"Today, we announced charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually exploit and abuse multiple minor girls from the period of 1994 to 1997. Maxwell has been taken into custody early this morning in New Hampshire and will be presented this afternoon before a magistrate judge in the district of New Hampshire. "
2. Picture of Maxwell and Epstein on display
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Audrey Strauss, Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York: ++PART OVERLAID WITH PREVIOUS SHOT++
"Maxwell was among Epstein's closest associates and helped him exploit girls who were as young as 14 years old. Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify a friend and groom minor victims for abuse, in some cases Maxwell participated in the abuse herself."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Audrey Strauss, Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York:
"Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable. Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein had set for them. She pretended to be a woman they could trust. All the while, she was setting them up to be sexually abused by Epstein and in some cases by Maxwell herself."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Audrey Strauss, Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York (on British royal Prince Andrew and the ongoing investigation)
"I'm not going to comment on anyone's status in this investigation, but I will say that we would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk with us. We would like to have the benefit of the statement."
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI on Thursday on charges she helped procure underage sex partners for financier Jeffrey Epstein.
An indictment made public Thursday said Maxwell, who lived for years with Epstein and was his frequent travel companion on trips around the world, facilitated Epstein's crimes by "helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse " girls as young as 14. It also said she participated in the sexual abuse.
Epstein, 66, killed himself in a federal detention center in New York last summer while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell has, for years, been accused by many women of recruiting them to give Epstein massages, during which they were pressured into sex. Those accusations, until now, never resulted in criminal charges.
The indictment included counts of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of perjury.
"Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable," Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
Strauss also said she would "welcome" Prince Andrew to talk with them about Jeffrey Epstein.