Ghislaine Maxwell was spotted soaking up the sun as she tucked into a burger and fries this week in Los Angeles just days after the shock death of her ex-boyfriend and longtime friend Jeffrey Epstein.
The 57-year-old British socialite was photographed sitting outside an In-N-Out fast food restaurant on Wednesday.
It is the first time she has been spotted out in the wake of Epstein's apparent suicide in his New York jail cell last weekend where he was awaiting trial for child sex trafficking.
Maxwell, who has been accused by some of Epstein's alleged victims of recruiting and facilitating the abuse of young girls, has not been pictured in public since 2016.
Ghislaine Maxwell was photographed sitting outside an In-N-Out fast food restaurant in Los Angeles on Wednesday
She was reportedly sitting alone at the In-N-Out restaurant with her dog when someone recognized her.
The fellow diner approached and asked: 'Are you who I think you are?'
'Yes, I am,' Maxwell responded, before saying: 'Well, I guess this is the last time I'll be eating here!'
Photos of Maxwell, first published by the New York Post, show the socialite sitting casually outside the eatery reading a book entitled 'The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives'.
Maxwell, who stared directly into the camera as the photos were taken, was dressed in metallic sneakers, striped pants and a grey sweatshirt.
She was pictured with and without her reading glasses.
In one of the photos, two drinks and two trays of food are visible on her table.
Her dog can also be seen lying patiently on the ground beneath her seat.
Maxwell's rare sighting in Los Angeles came on the same day a woman filed a lawsuit against her in New York alleging that she helped arrange for Epstein to rape her when she was 15.
The 57-year-old British socialite was spotted reading a book while her dog sat on the ground below her seat
It is the first time she has been spotted out in the wake of Epstein's apparent suicide in his New York jail cell last weekend where he was awaiting trial for child sex trafficking
Maxwell, who stared directly into the camera as the photos were taken, was dressed spotted wearing metallic sneakers, striped pants and a grey sweatshirt
Jennifer Araoz is suing Maxwell, Epstein's estate and three female members of his household staff.
The lawsuit accuses Maxwell of helping Epstein recruit teenage girls and providing 'organizational support to Epstein's sex trafficking ring'.
Maxwell, who is the socialite daughter of the late British publishing baron Robert Maxwell, has previously denied wrongdoing, saying any allegations she was involved in arranging sex for Epstein were 'abhorrent and entirely untrue'.
Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating whether any Epstein associates will face charges.
Maxwell is thought to have met Epstein some time in the early 1990s and was linked to him romantically in 1992. The pair dated briefly and she was known to be part of his inner circle for decades.
In her lawsuit, Araoz said she was a 14-year-old freshman at a performing arts high school near Epstein’s Manhattan mansion in 2001 when she was approached on the sidewalk by an unidentified woman in her 20s