Ghislaine Maxwell, the associate to Jeffrey Epstein, is set to appear in court on Monday. She is accused of sex crimes.
Opening statements Monday are set to launch the much-anticipated sex crimes trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite charged with recruiting and grooming underage girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The 59-year-old daughter of the late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell faces an effective life sentence if convicted in New York of sex trafficking minors for Epstein, her former lover who killed himself in prison over two years ago.
Maxwell is charged with trafficking minors for Epstein to abuse on an indictment which details her role in grooming the young women.
She has pleaded not guilty on all counts.
Following the death of Epstein — a multimillion-dollar money manager who befriended countless celebrities, including Britain’s Prince Andrew — prosecutors vowed to pursue co-conspirators, resulting in Maxwell’s arrest in July 2020.
U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan of the Southern District of New York has limited the scope of federal prosecutors by focusing the case against the British socialite-turned-suspect specifically on allegations that she helped Epstein recruit and abuse four underage girls mostly in the 1990s.
An alleged victim who said in a civil lawsuit that Maxwell trafficked her to Britain’s Prince Andrew when she was 17. He has denied the allegations.
“This is going to be a narrow slice of what happened,” said civil attorney Dan Kaiser, who represents several alleged Epstein victims though none involved in this particular trial. “This is a ring that ensnared dozens and dozens and dozens of girls. ”
The opening statements in a trial that is expected to last six weeks will begin Monday, November 29. Four, now-grown, women will take the stand and testify against Maxwell, prosecutors have said.