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Inside the mind of Jeffrey Epstein; Trump administration defends new green card rule

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Epstein called criminalizing sex with teen girls a ‘cultural aberration’: report
Jeffrey Epstein had previously slammed criminalizing sex with teen girls as a “cultural aberration,” according to a reporter who recalled the convicted pedophile’s comments a year before his apparent suicide. Epstein was “unapologetic” and defiant to the end in his beliefs on men sleeping with underage girls, according to New York Times reporter James Stewart. “He said that criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration and that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable,” Stewart reported in the Times on Monday. Stewart spoke with Epstein at his Manhattan townhouse in 2018, a year before he reportedly killed himself inside of his New York City jail cell on Saturday.

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Barr focuses on ‘irregularities’ at correctional facility, feds search one of Epstein’s homes
Attorney General William Barr on Monday blasted corrections officials and vowed to investigate the “serious irregularities” uncovered at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan where Epstein was held and found dead Saturday morning. The disgraced financier reportedly used a makeshift noose made from bedsheets to hang himself. Barr’s criticism came amid complaints about squalid, rat-infested cells and as union officials charge warnings about overworked employees at the understaffed facility went ignored for years.

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Meanwhile, the FBI confirmed to Fox News that agents are searching Epstein’s Little Saint James Island home in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. The notorious island took on a string of nicknames over the years, including “Pedophile Island” and “Orgy Island.” The 66-year-old Epstein was known to frequent the lush property in the U.S. Virgin Islands. What’s more, an employee who reportedly worked there has claimed the wealthy financier kept a mysterious safe inside the main residence.

Trump administration defends new green card rule
The Trump administration on Monday issued a long-awaited rule strengthening the ability of federal officials to deny green cards to immigrants deemed likely to rely on government aid. Officials described the so-called “public charge” rule as a way to ensure those granted permanent residency are self-sufficient — and protect taxpayers in the process. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), defended the rule as strengthened a long-held standard for potential immigrants and green card holders. “The rule we issued today, a public charge rule, is intended to once again give meaningful effect to the public charge standard,” he said Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “What that is in ordinary English… is basically that we try to avoid having immigrants come through our process… who are likely in the future to become welfare-dependent.” Click on the video above to watch Cuccinelli’s interview from “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Senior citizen to Kamala Harris: ‘Leave our health care alone’
Presidential primary candidate Kamala Harris was confronted on Monday by an upset Iowa resident over the California senator’s plan to overhaul health care in the United States. The Democratic senator from California was speaking to voters at the Bickford Senior Living Center in Muscatine, Iowa, when one of the center’s residents challenged her on how she planned to pay for “Medicare for All.” “Leave our health care alone,” Roberta Jewell,  a 91-year-old resident at the senior living facility, told Harris as she was describing her campaign’s health care proposal. “We don’t want you to mess with it.”

Trump campaign aide: Scaramucci is about Scaramucci
The new public rift between President Trump and Anthony Scaramucci is slowly escalating as one campaign aide has described the former White House communications director as a self-centered man who abused young staffers during his short tenure. “Anthony Scaramucci is all about Anthony Scaramucci,” Mercedes Schlapp claimed Monday on “The Story.” “You can ask young staffers in the communications office that literally were terrorized by Anthony Scaramucci, where he only survived 11 days in that job.” In media interviews and on Twitter, Scaramucci has been critical of Trump, suggesting to CNN it might be best for the Republican Party to replace him at the top of the 2020 presidential ticket. In turn, the president claimed the hedge fund executive and short-timer in his administration just wants to appear on television.

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CHP officer, gunman dead in shootout near freeway: report

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A California Highway Patrol officer was gunned down Monday in a shootout off the 215 Freeway, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The scene was chaotic. The Times reported that the suspect was stopped by an officer on a motorcycle. At some point, the suspect grabbed a rifle from inside the car and fired upon the officer approaching the vehicle. Other officers arrived at the scene and witnesses described a chaotic situation. One driver said bullets “flew through their windows.”

“We know his motive for this crime,” Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said Monday night.

The shooter opened fire shortly after 5:30 p.m. after a CHP officer pulled over a white GMC pickup truck and decided to impound it.

“He called for a tow truck and was filling out the necessary paperwork” when the driver pulled a rifle from the truck and opened fire, said Scott Parker, assistant chief at the CHP’s Inland Division. The officer called for help and three other CHP officers arrived, who immediately faced gunfire and two were hit, Parker said.

A Riverside police officer and three Riverside County sheriff’s deputies also arrived and traded shots with the man before killing him at the scene, Diaz said.

“It was a long and horrific gun battle,” the chief said.

Video showed the gunman, apparently clad in black and wielding a military assault-style rifle, trading fire with officers and then retreating to crouch behind the front of his truck for cover, still trading shots.

Video after the shooting showed bullet holes in the front windows of two patrol cars and large holes blown in their back windows.

Parker said the first CHP officer who was wounded was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another officer was hospitalized in critical condition but the third had only minor injuries.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the names of the slain CHP officer or the gunman.

However, family members identified the officer as 33-year-old Andre Moye, Jr., who was married and had been with the CHP about four years, KABC-TV reported.

Police earlier had said at least one civilian had been slightly injured by flying glass.

Parker said two civilians received superficial injuries and “they’re going to be OK.” Parker said.

Authorities did not immediately say what prompted the officer to stop and impound the truck. Investigators didn’t immediately know where the gunman came from or where he was headed, Diaz said.

After the shooting, dozens of law enforcement officers gathered outside of the hospital in nearby Moreno Valley. Snipers were posted on the roof as a precaution.

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Dozens lined up and saluted as the officer’s flag-draped body was removed from the hospital and placed in a hearse. Motorcycle officers then led a procession as the hearse was driven to the county coroner’s office.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche and the  Associated Press contributed to this report

A gunfight ensued.

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Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, tweeted, “Please say some prayers for the CHP officers involved, according to the report.

The Times reported that two additional officers were injured in the shooting. Their conditions were  not immediately known,

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Epstein called criminalizing sex with teen girls a ‘cultural aberration’: report

Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier, had previously slammed criminalizing sex with teen girls as a “cultural aberration,” according to a reporter who recalled the convicted pedophile’s comments a year before his apparent suicide.

Epstein was “unapologetic” and defiant to the end in his beliefs on men sleeping with underage girls, according to New York Times reporter James Stewart.

“He said that criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration and that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable,” Stewart reported in the Times on Monday.

Stewart spoke with Epstein at his Manhattan townhouse in 2018, a year before he reportedly killed himself inside of his New York City jail cell on Saturday.

DR. MARC SIEGEL: EPSTEIN DEATH IN NY PRISON UNDER EXTREMELY TIGHT SECURITY ‘UNUSUAL’

“He said that criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration and that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable,” Stewart wrote. “He pointed out that homosexuality had long been considered a crime and was still punishable by death in some parts of the world.”

Stewart also recalled that when he showed up at Epstein’s residence he was greeted by a young girl with blond hair and an Eastern European accent.

“I can’t say how old she was, but my guess would be late teens or perhaps 20. Given Mr. Epstein’s past, this struck me as far too close to the line,” he wrote.

Epstein, 66, was reportedly found hanging in his jail cell this past weekend with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed. He was being held in connection with charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan contributed to this report.

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This Day in History: Aug. 13

On this day, Aug. 13 …

2016: Michael Phelps wins his record 23rd (and final) Olympic gold medal.

Also on this day:

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  • 1942: The film “Bambi” opens at Radio City Music Hall. 
  • 1962: The border between East and West Berlin is closed and marked with a barbed wire fence. 
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  • 1995: Yankee great Mickey Mantle dies of cancer.
  • 2008: Michael Phelps becomes the first athlete in Olympic history to win 11 career gold medals.
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Man arrested after gunfire at Chicago hospital for military veterans, cops say

A suspect is in custody after shots were fired outside a 200-bed hospital on Chicago’s West Side that provides care to about 62,000 military veterans, authorities said.

Officials reported that there were no injuries.

Tom Ahern, a police spokesman, said the man began shooting outside the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Monday afternoon and tried to enter the lobby.

He said security officers apprehended the man near the hospital entrance. Police took the man into custody.

“Nobody was hurt, there was nobody injured, there was nobody hit,” Jeffrey Sallet, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago field office, said, according to Fox 32. “We avoided tragedy here in the city of Chicago today.”

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Authorities recovered a rifle that the man is believed to have used.

Ahern said investigators haven’t determined what led to the gunfire or who the man might have been targeting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man arrested after gunfire at Chicago hospital for military veterans, cops say

A suspect is in custody after shots were fired outside a 200-bed hospital on Chicago’s West Side that provides care to about 62,000 military veterans, authorities said.

Officials reported that there were no injuries.

Tom Ahern, a police spokesman, said the man began shooting outside the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Monday afternoon and tried to enter the lobby.

He said security officers apprehended the man near the hospital entrance. Police took the man into custody.

“Nobody was hurt, there was nobody injured, there was nobody hit,” Jeffrey Sallet, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago field office, said, according to Fox 32. “We avoided tragedy here in the city of Chicago today.”

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Authorities recovered a rifle that the man is believed to have used.

Ahern said investigators haven’t determined what led to the gunfire or who the man might have been targeting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Click for more from Fox 32.

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This Day in History: Aug. 12

On this day, Aug. 12 …

1939: The MGM movie musical “The Wizard of Oz,” starring Judy Garland, has its world premiere at the Strand Theater in Oconomowoc, Wis., three days before opening in Hollywood.

Also on this day:

  • 1909: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indianapolis 500, first opens.
  • 1937: President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominates Hugo Black to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1944: During World War II, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, is killed with his co-pilot when their explosives-laden Navy plane blows up over England.
  • 1953: The Soviet Union conducts a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.
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  • 1981: IBM introduces its first personal computer, the model 5150, at a press conference in New York.
  • 1985: The world’s worst single-aircraft disaster occurs as a crippled Japan Airlines Boeing 747 on a domestic flight crashes into a mountain, killing 520 people. (Four people survive.)
  • 2004: New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey announces his resignation and acknowledges that he’d had an extramarital affair with another man.
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FILE – This June 23, 2011, file booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James “Whitey” Bulger. Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Bulger died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in a West Virginia prison after being sentenced in 2013 in Boston to spend the rest of his life in prison. ((U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File))

  • 2013: James “Whitey” Bulger, the feared Boston mob boss who became one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives, is convicted in a string of 11 killings and dozens of other gangland crimes, many of them committed while he was said to be an FBI informant. (Bulger is sentenced to life; he would be fatally beaten at a West Virginia prison in 2018, hours after being transferred from a facility in Florida.)
  • 2017: A car plows into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and hurting more than a dozen others. (The attacker, James Alex Fields, wold be sentenced to life in prison on 29 federal hate crime charges, and life plus 419 years on state charges.)
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General orders ethics review of special forces community after criminal allegations against troops

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The head of the U.S. Special Operations Command is ordering a top-to-bottom study of the military’s special forces community amid a rash of alleged misconduct that has focused attention on the normally secretive world of America’s elite fighting forces.

Army Gen. Richard Clarke said the review will focus on how special operators are recruited, educated and trained and how units address ethics failures. He said “recent incidents have called our culture and ethics into question and threaten the trust placed in us.”

Ken McGraw, a Special Operations Command spokesman, said the review was ordered Friday and is expected to be completed in November. The inquiry will see two teams created.

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The first will comprise military leaders — with some in the Special Operations Command — who will form an advisory panel. The second will be a review panel made up of members of the various military branches of the command.

The review panel will go out and gather information from the various operations units –  which includes the Army Rangers, Green Berets, Army Delta units, Navy SEAL teams and special warfare units, and Marine and Air Force special operators.

To retain an independent view, members of the Army Special Operations Command may gather information on the Navy SEALs, McGraw said. The review panel will then turn over its reports to the advisory panel.

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The inquiry comes at a time when America’s special operations units have made headlines for all the wrong reasons. In July, a SEAL platoon from SEAL Team 7 was ordered back to the U.S. from Iraq amid charges of drinking and sexual assault. In a statement, the SOC said there had been a “deterioration of good order and discipline.”

In early July, Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher was acquitted of killing a teenage ISIS militant in Iraq. He was found guilty of taking a picture with a corpse. Two Navy SEALs and Marine Raiders are also accused of hazing an Army Green Beret to death during a deployment in Africa.

Ex-Green Beret Maj. Matthew Golsteyn is expected to be tried in the killing of an unarmed suspected Taliban bombmaker in Afghanistan almost a decade ago.

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The review will be the second ordered by Special Operations Command leadership this year. Former Gen. Tony Thomas ordered an internal review before he retired in March.

McGraw said the advisory panel will take the results from Thomas’ review into consideration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Firefighter loses 3 children in Pennsylvania blaze as he responds to another call

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Three of the five youngsters killed in a Sunday-morning fire at a Pennsylvania day care center were the children of a volunteer firefighter who was responding to another call several blocks away.

The firefighter, Luther Jones, was with the Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department handing other calls while the neighboring Erie Fire Department battled the deadly flames at the Harris Family Day Care.

His children — two daughters, one son — were among those killed. Jones dropped them off at the center before going to work and had no idea about the fire there. His department was responding to a false alarm at the time.

Erie firefighters responded to the blaze in the three-story building around 1 a.m. amid reports of children trapped inside.

The victims, who have not been officially ID’d, ranged from 8 months to 8 years old, authorities said.

Two other children, 17 and 12, climbing on the roof and jumped to the ground. Other children were rescued by firefighters.

Jones has been a volunteer firefighter for 15 years and has been with the Lawrence Park department for about a year, Lawrence Park Fire Chief Joe Crotty told Fox News.

“Just an outstanding young man,” Crotty said.

The cause of the blaze has not been determined. Erie Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski told The Erie Times-News that a smoke detector was found in the attic.

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Day care owner Elaine Harris was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

The state Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning listed the day care as in compliance with requirements following a Dec. 28, 2018, inspection. But a Jan. 3 inspection note highlighted “ashes and cigarette or cigar butts” in “a child care space, play space or food preparation area.”

Freelance reporter David Aaro contributed to this report. 

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A look at Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged ‘recruiter’

She has been described as everything from vivacious and highly connected to the people-pleasing life of the party. She’s also been accused of functioning as something of a “madam” and “recruiter” for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, 66, who apparently took his own life on Saturday while in federal custody over sex trafficking charges.

With the convicted sex offender now gone, she is the center of attention. So who is his longtime confidante and former flame, Ghislaine  Noelle Maxwell?

The U.S attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, has vowed to continue the investigation into Epstein and allegations of an ongoing sex trafficking ring, in spite of the financier’s death. And even though criminal charges cannot be brought against a dead person, “co-conspirators” are not offered such a reprieve.

On the civil side of the legal spectrum, the Maxwell name has been routinely illuminated.

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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in New York City in 2005. (Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images, File)

Several of Epstein’s accusers have pinpointed Maxwell as playing a pivotal role in enlisting victims, according to thousands of pages of court documents unsealed on Friday in relation to a 2015 defamation suit filed against Maxwell – just hours before Epstein’s death. Victims, with testimony from witnesses, have further accused Maxwell of being ultimately tasked with arranging massages and sexual favors for Epstein and a circle of high-profile associates.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S FINAL DAYS – AND THE LEGAL CASES THAT WON’T DIE WITH HIM

One affidavit claims that in 1996 Maxwell and Epstein sexually molested two victims, alleged to have reported the incident to the FBI only to have the claim fall on deaf ears, according to the Miami Herald.

However, Maxwell has not released any public statements since Epstein’s arrest in early July, which culminated in his apparent suicide on Saturday. No charges have been brought against her,

And from the beginning, she has vehemently and consistently denied any allegations of misconduct.

Lawyers for Maxwell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

As questions mount, the socialite’s whereabouts are not publicly known. She has addresses linked to residences in Salisbury and in London, but her flashy Manhattan townhouse – off high-end Madison Avenue – was sold for $15 million in 2016, and she is thought to have moved back to the U.K the following year.

Her retreat from the limelight as the Epstein case evolved in recent years is a far cry from the heights of public adoration among New York’s jet-setters.

Maxwell, now 57, is a dual citizen of England and France. She was born on Christmas Day to British media mogul Robert Maxwell, owner of the tabloid Daily Mirror, who died under mysterious circumstances in 1991 – falling from the yacht he named after Ghislaine, his youngest of nine children. After his death, evidence surfaced suggesting that the late Maxwell may have been using the paper’s employee pension fund to keep the empire afloat.

A devastated Maxwell later relocated across the pond to New York, living off a $100,000-a-year trust fund and trying her hand at real estate. According to profile of her in Britain’s Sunday Times, Maxwell met Epstein shortly after her move to New York and in him she found a man who “could replace the lifestyle she had” with her father.

As the story goes, he had the wealth to open doors, while she possessed the power to cement crucial social connections.

“New York City high society has always been dominated by the rich and powerful, and the status and perceived wealth that comes with the Maxwell name certainly helped Ghislaine make connections in the city,” noted Ronn Torossian, crisis communications expert and CEO of the Manhattan-based firm 5WPR. “Even after her father’s death in 1991, Ghislaine had already made a name for herself and was cemented as a high-profile member of the New York City society.”

From an initial romantic fling with the financier, their relationship developed into a tight-knit, “best friend” companionship, and it was the publishing heiress who reportedly connected Epstein with the Duke of York, Prince Andrew and President Bill Clinton.

In time, the duo’s style of living morphed into a money-mad world of billionaires and bikinis, private planes and posh parties, and it was Maxwell who sought to satisfy the whims of the rich and powerful who operated at her periphery.

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For years, Maxwell has had an “in” at the hottest tickets in town. In 2000, she donned gold trousers, a midriff top and a brash blond wig – alongside British Royal Prince Andrew – to attend supermodel Heidi Klum’s “Hookers and Pimps”-themed Halloween party in Manhattan.

Then there were the Vanity Fair Oscar bashes, fashion week soirees and high-rolling charity benefits; in 2010 she was one of 500 elite guests at the upstate New York wedding ceremony of Chelsea Clinton and investment banker, Marc Mezvinsky.

In 2008, her financier close friend Epstein pleaded guilty to two counts of solicitation of prostitution, including one with a minor, and was sentenced to 18 months in jail, but under a highly controversial plea deal he was allowed to leave for work five days a week and was released five months early.

While Epstein was convicted in a Florida state court, he was given a pass from federal prosecution under a plea deal that ensured four unnamed co-conspirators and “any potential co-conspirators” immunity from all criminal charges.

Despite the blemish, Maxwell’s profile on the social and philanthropic scenes gained in luster over the ensuing years.

Her private passions have been devoted to “cleaning up the seas.” Once an aspiring marine biologist, Maxwell went on in her adult life to earn licenses to pilot submarines, helicopters, ROVs and AUVs – which she described in interviews as “remote and tethered vehicles off the back of boats for doing underwater exploration.” Maxwell was also known to have become a qualified emergency medical technician (EMT), and was fluent in several languages. She no longer holds an FAA certification despite once being listed as a licensed pilot.

She wrote columns for National Geographic in 2015 urging Americans to sign the “I Love the Ocean Pledge” to have the U.N. take up ocean issues as part of its Sustainable Development Goals. A year earlier, she gave a TED talk and spoke at the University of Texas, Dallas on ocean protection matters.

Seven years ago, Maxwell founded the TerraMar Project, an environmentalist nonprofit devoted to marine protection and positioned herself as something of a leader in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. It was abruptly shuttered less than a week after Epstein was taken into federal custody in July and sex trafficking charges were brought against him by New York federal prosecutors.

“I’ve started and incubated and sold lots of small businesses. I have some that I’m incubating now,” she told the wealth management and business magazine Spears in 2015. “For example, I’ve helped patent a new medical device, inbuilt scrubs that you wear on your person to reduce the rate of infection in hospitals. I don’t think I’m employable per se. Also, I love the freedom of being an entrepreneur.”

Maxwell never had children of her own, and she never married. After Epstein, she was romantically tied in reports to tech billionaire Ted Waitt, who also advocates for ocean conservation through his Waitt Foundation.

Although registered to vote in Florida – with no declared political affiliation and no voting activity for more than a decade – Maxwell’s primary residence was in the heart of Manhattan. According to The Washington Post, Maxwell depicted herself as “unemployed” and donated the maximum $2300 toward Hillary Clinton’s 2008 election campaign.

It’s not yet clear if Maxwell will now cooperate with authorities, or to what degree, if any, she might be under federal investigation – but according to Melissa L. Jampol, a former sex crimes assistant at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, it’s highly likely at this point she is facing a criminal probe.

“Now that Epstein is deceased, prosecutors and victims will want to focus on anyone else who is culpable. One of the counts filed against Epstein was a conspiracy count,” said Jampol. “The bottom line is that anything you say can and will be used against you. So at this point, her silence is protecting her to the extent that it can.”

Defense attorney Doug Richards concurred that Maxwell’s lay-low tactic on the topic has worked to date, but can only work for so long.

“Ghislaine Maxwell has managed to avoid scrutiny since the 2008 plea agreement largely by keeping a low public profile and refraining from public statements about Epstein’s new charges and his death,” he said. “That’s a smart strategy from a criminal defense standpoint, but the questions swirling around his death make it increasingly likely that she and other co-conspirators will now be in the government’s sights.

“From both a civil and criminal standpoint, Epstein’s death does her no favors. Victims are rightly unsatisfied with the way that this case was handled, and his death rekindles the demand for someone to be held accountable and for justice to be done, and she’s next in line.”

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But regardless of what comes from the Epstein scandal – convictions or otherwise – some already say Maxwell’s socialite days are done.

“Ghislaine is irreversibly tied to Jeffrey Epstein and his public image. Ms. Maxwell can never erase the stain of being seen as the enabler of Jeffrey Epstein. No matter what happens in the court of law, she is thought of as guilty in the court of public opinion,” Torossian added. “I don’t believe there is a reputable public relations agency in the United States that will work with Ghislaine Maxwell. She won’t redeem her name in this city.”

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