Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty to sex trafficking

New York City– British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded innocent on Friday to federal sex trafficking charges in the case implicating her of assisting the late investor Jeffrey Epstein hire and sexually abuse women.

Maxwell, 59, entered her plea through her attorney prior to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan.

The charges had actually been consisted of in an eight-count indictment revealed on March 29. It was the very first time Maxwell had actually dealt with a judge face to face considering that her arrest last July.

Prosecutors have actually implicated Maxwell of grooming and paying a lady who, beginning at age 14, provided Epstein naked massages and taken part in sex acts with him from 2001 to 2004, and stated the lady hired others to use sensual massages.

Maxwell formerly pleaded innocent to charges she assisted Epstein hire and groom 3 other women for him to sexually abuse from 1994 to 1997, and dedicated perjury.

Epstein, 66, eliminated himself in a Manhattan prison in August 2019, one month after being jailed on sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell’s trial stays set up for July 12 supplied a courtroom is readily available, however her attorneys are looking for a 120 or 180-day hold-up due to the fact that of the brand-new charges, a demand district attorneys oppose.

“Ghislaine is looking forward to that trial,” a spokesperson, David Markus, stated after the arraignment. “She’s looking forward to fighting and she will fight.”

Nathan has actually not chosen whether to postpone the trial, however stated she wishes to begin as close as possible to July 12 if there were no hold-up.

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In a letter launched after the arraignment, attorneys for Maxwell proposed beginning onNov 8, 2021 orJan 10, 2022.

Maxwell confronts 80 years in jail if founded guilty on all charges.

The 2 perjury counts would be managed independently in a 2nd trial.

Bail appeal

Friday’s hearing marked the very first time Maxwell has actually openly appeared face to face considering that her arrest last July at her house in New Hampshire.

Prosecutors stated she had actually been hiding, while Maxwell’s attorneys stated she moved there to leave perpetual unfavorable media promotion. Since her arrest, she has actually been imprisoned in Brooklyn.

Maxwell used a loose-fitting, blue short-sleeve t-shirt and white face mask, with her dark hair reaching listed below her shoulders. Her older sibling, Isabel Maxwell, participated in the hearing. Maxwell had actually appeared by video for her previous arraignment.

Lawyers David Boies and Sigrid McCawley arrive at Manhattan Federal Court ahead of Ghislaine Maxwell

Lawyers for Maxwell have actually grumbled that she has actually struggled with weight and loss of hair in prison, which district attorneys have actually rejected.

Nathan has actually rejected bail 3 times, calling Maxwell a significant flight danger regardless of a proposed $28.5 million bail plan.

On Monday, Maxwell’s attorneys are anticipated to argue prior to the federal appeals court in Manhattan that the 3rd bail rejection need to be reversed.

Not a ‘monster’

In looking for a trial hold-up, Maxwell’s attorneys mentioned the “voluminous” quantities of proof, blamed district attorneys for being too sluggish to turn over products, and stated prison limitations have actually hampered Maxwell from preparing her defense.

The attorneys have actually likewise consistently called into question whether their customer can even get a reasonable trial, faulting the media for treating her as a “monster” due to the fact that of the “Epstein effect.”

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Prosecutors have actually promised to make “significant efforts” to guarantee that Maxwell was gotten ready for a July trial.

They likewise stated a hold-up would likewise hurt the 4 declared victims, stating 2 have actually reported substantial tension from the case and revealed a desire to go to trial.

“Everybody felt that they were cheated by Mr. Epstein’s death,” David Boies, an attorney for a few of Epstein’s and Maxwell’s accusers, stated after the arraignment.

“Now that Miss Maxwell is going to go to trial,” he included, “I think that is something that they’re looking forward to.”

Even if no hold-up were given, a July 12 start is not ensured.

Only 7 courtrooms in the Manhattan court house have actually been reconfigured for the COVID-19 pandemic to accommodate jury trials, according to a court spokesperson.

Jailed accuseds in criminal cases get greater concern for jury trials, however some accuseds lead Maxwell.

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