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California man arrested on suspicion of running over, killing peacocks: police

A California man has been arrested on suspicion of deliberately running over and killing two wild peacocks in northwest Los Angeles last month, police said.

Floyd Belton, 61, turned himself in on Tuesday and is facing two counts of animal cruelty, KABC-TV reported, citing the L.A. County sheriff’s Lost Hills station as its source.

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A suspect wanted in the deliberate vehicular killing of peacocks last month, has turned himself in, police say. (maine.gov)

Police began looking for the suspect after surveillance footage surfaced. The incident wasn’t caught a camera, but a witness told police she saw the driver hit the birds moments later, according to the station.

FLORIDA MAN ACCUSED OF INTENTIONALLY RUNNING OVER DUCKLINGS, KILLING 2: POLICE

Residents of the Chatsworth Lake Manor community – about 45 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles – alleged that the driver of a silver pickup truck intentionally hit the birds on a road.

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Belton was being held on $80,000 bail, the report said. It was unclear whether he has a lawyer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man threatens to kill child, sets girlfriend on fire before wild chase, police say

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A suspect is in custody after he threatened to kill a child, set his girlfriend on fire in Mississippi, then sent police on a chase through Tennessee on Tuesday, police said.

In a news release sent to Fox News, Olive Branch, Miss., police said officers were dispatched to help the fire department with an injured person on Tuesday after a woman “had been doused with a flammable liquid and set afire by her boyfriend, who had fled the scene.”

Police said the suspect, now identified as 42-year-old Jeremy Manning of Olive Branch, took a 3-year-old girl with him when he fled.

TENNESSEE MOTHER, 19, ACCUSED OF PUTTING 8-MONTH-OLD IN FREEZER, GETS 2 YEARS’ PROBATION

A short time later, police said Memphis officers “made contact” with Manning, who allegedly told an officer that he was going to kill the child.

He then “sped off with Memphis police in pursuit,” Olive Branch police said.

The police chase happened around 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

Manning drove back to the Olive Branch area, according to police, who added that he then “put the child out of the vehicle, continuing to flee and ignoring the officer’s efforts” to get him to stop.

Police said he then rammed into a Memphis police vehicle, causing the squad car to hit another.

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“Both officers who were in the squad cars were transported in non-critical condition,” according to the Memphis Police Department.

The department said officers captured Manning after a foot chase in Olive Branch.

The child was not harmed and has since been reunited with her mother, Olive Branch police said.

The 3-year-old is the niece of the burn victim, according to Memphis police.

Manning’s girlfriend is in critical condition in an area burn center, according to Olive Branch police.

Memphis police said Manning was transported to a local hospital for evaluation “due to the fact that he reportedly ingested narcotics.”

Manning has been charged with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, kidnapping, child endangerment and arson.

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Bond was set at over $1.3 million.

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Man with loaded shotgun, machete claiming ‘liberty business’ arrested outside Pentagon, police say

A Kentucky man was arrested outside the Pentagon recently after he showed up with a loaded shotgun and a machete in his truck, claiming to be there on “liberty business,” according to a report.

Charles Lawson approached two police officers in the Pentagon parking lot at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 and made incoherent statements, investigators said.

He admitted to having a weapon in his car when questioned and also to having spent the day drinking alcohol, WTOP reported Monday, citing court documents.

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Police handcuffed Lawson and searched his vehicle. They discovered a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a box of shotgun shells, an 18-inch machete and a pocketknife in his pickup truck, as well as an open bottle of whiskey and white paper with a “green leafy substance” wrapped inside, according to court documents.

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File image of a machete. Police said the suspect also had a loaded shotgun. (iStock)

Lawson told police he had driven overnight from Pineville, Ky., stopping only for gas.

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Police took Lawson to the hospital for evaluations, where he commented to a doctor about being diagnosed as a schizophrenic, court documents said.

Lawson had been involuntarily hospitalized in November 2018 for mental illness, a background check found, and he cannot legally have a gun.

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Lawson is facing a federal charge of unlawfully possessing a firearm after being previously committed to a mental institution.

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Conspiracy theories swamp Jeffrey Epstein case from fringe and mainstream

Maybe Jeffrey Epstein, 66, isn’t dead at all. Perhaps it was a body double left hanging by a bedsheet in the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) early Saturday, while the real Epstein headed back to his private “Pedophile Island.”

Or perhaps a former U.S. president and his wife – who once sought the top job herself – sought to silence potentially explosive testimony by ordering a hit.

Wait a minute, it was William Barr’s Department of Justice that took him off suicide watch, therefore President Trump must have had a hand in the death.

Are you crazy? It was the Russians!

Oh no, the reason he was able to evade justice for so long was that he was an FBI informant.

Wrong, so wrong. Epstein was a foreign intelligence agent. The Mossad.

The death of the disgraced multimillionaire in a New York federal prison has spawned a dizzying array of conspiracy theories.

“The case does have striking analogies to an episode on ‘Homeland,’ but the extent of the apparent irregularities here regarding his time in custody is, simply put, troubling,” Melissa Jampol, a former sex crimes assistant at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, told Fox News. “This case touches on many of the #MeToo themes that we have seen over the past few years, but also because it involves so many people with wealth and power, [that] makes it ripe for conspiracy theorists.”

GHISLAINE MAXWELL, JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S ALLEGED ‘RECRUITER,’ NOW UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

Since Epstein’s apparent suicide early Saturday, the hashtags #Arkanicide to #TrumpBodyCount and #EpsteinMurder have exploded across social media.

But such conspiracies aren’t just the province of fringe groups; the theories have been tweeted and retweeted — chewed over and spit out — by everyone from high-profile media personalities and Hollywood celebrities to top-tier politicians and even the U.S. president himself.

“You would be challenged to sell this story in Hollywood had it not happened. Everything about Jeffrey Epstein and his ability to manipulate successful businessmen, his ability to exercise long-term friends and slowly transfer wealth to his personal gain, shows that we have someone that has extreme narcissism,” Dr. Lisa Strohman, clinical psychologist and founder of the Digital Citizen Academy, told Fox News. “This is an individual that was caught and convicted of sexually abusing young children and yet was allowed to continue to live his lifestyle among the rich and famous with no restrictions. He skillfully associated with the leaders to create a safety net to protect his continued behaviors.”

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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at a New York charity event in 2005. (Photo by Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

The Epstein conspiracy theories came in a torrent after his shocking death, though elements of the elaborate stories were hardly new. Well before his arrest in July, questions swirled about how he made his fortune, what big names were mixed in among his clients and associates, who took part in his debauched island adventures, and how exactly he was able to secure a sweetheart plea deal a decade ago.

“Epstein’s circle of high friends in high places crisscrossed the political spectrum, which is why for the first time in a while we seem to have bipartisan consensus as to one issue: something, in a ‘House of Cards’ sense, just doesn’t feel right,” said one criminal defense attorney, Phillip Hamilton. “The moral of the story is that in theory, no one should be above the law. But in practice too often, we as a society allow people like Epstein to elevate well above it.”

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

Epstein, a native of Coney Island, Brooklyn, and a college dropout, curated a life that saw him become a millionaire many times. He routinely rubbed shoulders with royalty, presidents, models and business big shots for decades.

True, he suffered a setback in 2008 following an FBI investigation in Florida that led to a single charge of soliciting sex from a minor. Nonetheless, his bank account and sway ensured he received a jaw-dropping plea deal that allowed him to check in and out of prison and protect other “co-conspirators” from future prosecution.

As is now common knowledge, though, his jet-setting existence came crashing down when his private plane touched down in New York in early July, and FBI agents arrested him on charges of operating a sex trafficking ring that had exploited dozens of minors. He allegedly tried to harm himself a couple of weeks ago, was taken off suicide watch, and, at the time of his death was reportedly not closely being monitored as he occupied a cell without a cellmate – another protocol violation.

And then?

Then he was dead.

“Conspiracy theorists will love this story. But in my opinion, Epstein felt there was no other option or way out of the situation,” asserted Doug Richard, a former federal prosecutor and civil litigator. “He believed suicide was the only way to control the outcome.”

Said Dan Gainor, the vice president for TechWatch, business and culture at the Media Research Center, Epstein’s “movie villain” persona and the house of horrors he continued to operate even after being convicted are the stuff of more than any routine Hollywood thriller.

“Super-rich, powerful, well-connected and evil,” Gainor said.

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In this courtroom sketch, defendant Jeffrey Epstein, second from right, listens along with defense attorneys at a court hearing last month. (Aggie Kenny via AP)

Gainor also pointed to the notion that the abundant conspiracies percolating around Epstein have a “real-world impact” when it comes to investigating such cases and possible co-conspirators.

“Look at the fear of vaccines – that is the danger of conspiracy coverage. But it’s impossible not to consider the idea of something odd in this case,” Gainor said. “The media and prosecutors need to be more curious following leads when powerful people are rumored to be doing truly hideous things.”

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Others have a different view, saying the Epstein saga are just the latest illustration of what money can do.

“It exposed the abuses of power that those with money and influence are allowed to get away with. It shocked people because of the fact that someone could have been allowed to do all these horrible things and still be welcome in high-society is unbelievable to the average person,” said Ronn Torossian, crisis communications expert and CEO of New York-based 5WPR. “Though Jeffrey Epstein’s life has come to a tragic end, those who were tied to him during his life will have to do some serious damage control to untangle their reputations.”

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Former ‘Deadliest Catch’ star Jake Harris sentenced to 18 months in jail for police chase: report

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Former “Deadliest Catch” star Jake Harris was sentenced to 18 months in jail after leading police on a chase in Washington this past January, according to a new report.

Harris appeared on the hit Discovery series about Alaskan crab fisherman until 2012. Many fans of the hit TV series may remember Jake as the son of the late Captain Phil Harris. Phil died in 2010 of an apparent stroke. Harris’ brother, Josh, still appears on the show as captain of the family ship, the Cornelia Marie.

FORMER ‘DEADLIEST CATCH’ STAR JAKE HARRIS HAS WARRANT OUT FOR HIS ARREST

According to TMZ, Jake was sentenced for felony charges of driving under the influence and possession with intent to manufacture or deliver heroin.

The charges reportedly stem from an incident in Washington in January when the 33-year-old allegedly refused to identify himself to park rangers before taking off in an RV. State troopers pursued him and forced him to stop. The outlet reports that police found drugs and a stolen firearm inside the vehicle.

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Jake, who was previously skipper on his father’s boat, will reportedly have to undergo an evaluation for drug dependency when he’s released. He’ll have to abstain from alcohol and will reportedly have an ignition interlock device installed in his car that will prevent him from driving if he is not sober.

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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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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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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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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.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN FEARED CELLMATE, A MUSCLE-BOUND EX-COP CHARGED IN MURDER WHO WAS MOVED BEFORE FINANCIER’S DEATH: REPORT

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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Federal agents search Jeffrey Epstein’s home in Virgin Islands

The FBI says agents are on the grounds of the U.S. Virgin Islands home of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

The bureau confirmed to Fox News that agents were at his Little Saint James Island home in St. Thomas, but did not provide details.

The notorious island took on a string of nicknames over the years, including “Pedophile Island” and “Orgy Island.”

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A view of Little St. James Island, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, a property owned by Jeffrey Epstein. (The Associated Press )

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.

The employee, speaking to Bloomberg, suggested that a steel safe in his office there may have stored more than just cash.

On Saturday Epstein was found unconscious in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, and he was later pronounced dead, having apparently committed suicide, said the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN DEAD: TIMELINE OF SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AND RELATED LEGAL CASES

The death is said to have occurred after his cellmate was transferred for reasons that were not immediately clear.

He was reportedly found hanging in his jail cell with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed, the New York Post reported.

Epstein was being held in connection with charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy.

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(New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

Epstein was being held on the charges after he was denied bail. Prosecutors said he sexually abused dozens of young girls in his New York and Florida residences between 2002 and 2005, to which Epstein pleaded not guilty.

He faced up to 45 years in prison.

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Epstein started transforming Little St. James Island after he bought it more than two decades ago — clearing the native vegetation, ringing the property with towering palm trees and planting two massive U.S. flags on either end.

He also built a stone mansion with cream-colored walls and a bright turquoise roof surrounded by several other structures, including the maids’ quarters and a massive, square-shaped white building on one end of the island. Workers there, the Associated Press reports, told each other it was a music room fitted with a grand piano and acoustic walls, whose gold dome flew off during the deadly 2017 hurricane season.

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An aerial view of Little St. James Island and its buildings. (The Associated Press )

The employee who spoke to Bloomberg said when Epstein visited the property, he would walk around shirtless in shorts and flip-flops, and had a rule that he should never catch sight of the staffers who maintained the place.

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Locals recalled seeing Jeffery Epstein’s black helicopter flying back and forth from the international airport in St. Thomas to his helipad on Little St. James Island, where he built a cream colored mansion with a bright turquoise roof surrounded by several other structures including the maids’ quarters and a massive, square-shaped white building on one end of the island that some say is a music room fitted with acoustic walls. (The Associated Press)

Sometimes, the employee added, women would sunbathe topless or in the nude around a pool near the island’s main residence.

Many people who worked for Epstein on the island told AP last month that they had signed long nondisclosure agreements. One former employee who declined to be identified said Epstein once had five boats, including a large ferry in which he transported up to 200 workers from St. Thomas to his island every day for construction work.

The man said he saw a handful of young women when he was on Epstein’s property but he believed they were older than 18.

“When he was there, it was keep to yourself and do your thing,” the man recalled, adding that Epstein paid well and would give away older machinery and surplus including lumber to his employees.

Epstein later bought neighboring Great St. James Island, which once was popular with locals and tourists for its main attraction, Christmas Cove, a place where you could hang out and order pizza and have it delivered via boat.

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Federal authorities considered the smaller of the two islands Epstein’s primary residence in the United States, a place where at least one alleged victim said in a court affidavit that she participated in an orgy, as well as had sex with Epstein and other people.

She said she saw former U.S. President Bill Clinton on the island, but that she never saw him having sex with anyone. A Clinton spokesman has issued a statement saying he never visited there.

Fox News’ Greg Norman, Nicole Darrah, Tamara Gitt and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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