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British Socialite Ghislaine Maxwell in Spotlight After Epstein’s Apparent Suicide

Maxwell is a former longtime member of Jeffrey Epstein's inner circle. He once called her his "best friend."

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The apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, who was found unresponsive Saturday morning in his federal jail cell, is the latest stunning development in the case against the once-powerful financier on charges of sex trafficking.

His death came hours after the release of 2,000 pages of court documents, part of a related lawsuit, that revealed allegations that Epstein and a former longtime member of his inner circle, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, ordered a teenage girl to have sex with high-powered men, NBC News reports

The U.S. prosecutor in Manhattan, where Epstein was held pending trial, said Saturday that the investigation into the charges in the indictment against him, including one count of conspiracy, will continue.

One person who could come under a greater focus is Maxwell.

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