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What Does The Arrest Of Ghislaine Maxwell Mean For The Jeffrey Epstein Case?

Maxwell helped "recruit, groom and ultimately abuse victims."

It has been almost one year since convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was found dead behind bars. The former American socialite and financier reportedly took his own life while awaiting his trial on sex trafficking charges. Fast-forward to this week, and Epstein’s former girlfriend and longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell has also been arrested.

According to FBI spokesman Marty Feely via ABC, Maxwell was taken into custody this Thursday morning. The Federal Bureau of Investigation had reportedly been monitoring her movements for some time while she had been living at a “gorgeous property in New Hampshire.”

So, what does this mean for the case against Jeffrey Epstein? 

Ghislaine Maxwell has been specifically charged with – conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The indictment, via Bloomberg states Maxwell “assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18.”

The recent Netflix documentary series Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich detailed the alleged abuse young women suffered at the hands of both Epstein and Maxwell. According to Entertainment Weekly, victim Sarah Ransom “just began sobbing on the phone” to documentary director Lisa Bryant following the news of Maxwell’s arrest. 

“She was so relieved, so happy that the main co-conspirator had been arrested, someone she had direct and very negative interactions with,” Bryant told EW.

“I’d like to see her brought to trial,” she added. “Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. But all of our research and the women in the series that we spoke to, all their stories added up and they all mentioned Ghislaine’s involvement.” 

In a statement via Bloomberg, survivor Jennifer Araoz said, “for years, I feared Epstein and his ring. Maxwell was at the centre of that sex trafficking ring. Now that the ring has been taken down, I know that I can’t be hurt anymore.”

Time reports that since the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, US prosecutors would “welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk to us.” Previously, the Duke of York had reportedly refused to cooperate with authorities and has denied any involvement despite being accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl trafficked by Epstein in 2001. Hear all the details about Prince Andrew below:

Because Jeffrey Epstein died before going to trial, many questions were left unanswered. Will Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial expose the realities of these heinous sex crimes, and who else might’ve been involved?

If you, or anyone you know is a victim of sexual abuse, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support.

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Judi Dench Declaring TikTok 'Saved My Life' Is Pure 2020 Energy

"Everyday is so uncharted."

When you think about it, TikTok couldn’t have exploded into our lives and onto our screens at a better time. Stuck in isolation, away from family and friends, it provides lighthearted entertainment and interesting life hacks – not to mention a lot of laughs. One person who has really taken to TikTok during these challenging times is actress Judi Dench – who recently said the app “saved her life.” Hear all the details below:

In a recent interview with Channel 4 News, the Dame said “I know nothing about TikTok,” she said, admitting her grandson Sam is responsible for making her go viral on the app. “I had to rehearse all those moves.” 

She said, during the pandemic, “everyday is so uncharted. You wake up and you wonder what day it is, and then you wonder what date it is and sometimes what month. And then you think, ‘Well, what do I do today?’”

Dench said she’s been passing the time by learning Shakespeare sonnets, painting and talking to friends – but most excitingly, she’s been “rehearsing her TikTok with Sam, and dance.”

If you haven’t seen Dench’s TikTok videos yet, you’re in for a real treat. In one, featuring grandson Sam, the iconic actress sways her hips to the viral ‘Laxed (Siren Beat)’ track and in another the duo dance (via iPad) to ‘Cheryl’ by rapper Yung Gravy.

It’s really no surprise Judi Dench has become the unlikely hero of TikTok – she’s known for being quite the sassy queen. Last year, fellow actress Emily Blunt revealed that she “could’ve been the next Britney [Spears]” if it weren’t for Dench’s words of wisdom.

“I went to [Dench] for advice because I was really, really nervous about this career,” Blunt told Jimmy Kimmel. “And she was like, ‘Oh no, darling. You can’t do both. You can’t act and do that.’ She talked me out of it.”

It’s tough love, but ultimately some great advice considering Blunt went on to become a major Hollywood star. 

Bless you Judi Dench.

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The Allegations Coming Out Of VIC's Hotel Quarantine Are Absolutely Wild

It's gone from bad to worse.

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Victoria with 73 new cases confirmed in the last 24 hours, questions around the root cause of the spike are emerging – particularly when it comes to security measures at hotel quarantine.

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A Melbourne security guard – identified only as George – broke a gag order and recently appeared on the Today show. During his appearance he revealed he only received five minutes of training before working at one of the Victoria’s quarantine hotels.

“And that was the PPE and everything, the box and dice and then we were sent up to your level,” he said, as per The Australian. George also revealed that security guards were only given one face mask and one glove for an entire shift. 

According to George, as well as minimal training the real issue is that security companies have been hiring subcontractors as they come much cheaper than guards. “Every hotel quarantine has subcontracting happening and that’s the way the companies are making money out of this,” he said.

To make matters worse, The Herald Sun recently reported that private security firms in Victoria have been charging taxpayers for hotel quarantine shifts that were never worked – and even claimed that guards were sleeping with guests, shaking hands and sharing lifts to move between rooms and play cards.

“If those statements are true, that would be completely and utterly unacceptable and we would encourage the Victorian authorities to throw the book at them if any of these individuals or the firms have behaved inappropriately,” Health Minister Greg Hunt told Sunrise. 

An independent enquiry into Victoria’s hotel quarantine system has been announced. According to 7 News, it will investigate how contractors at several hotels became infectious and spread the virus to their close contacts. 

Whether the hotel quarantine allegations are completely true or not, there has clearly been some sort of breach of rules judging by the worrying number of cases of COVID-19 in Victoria.

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