Ghislaine Maxwell sex-trafficking trial due to begin in New York

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The long-awaited sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell is underway in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday.

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Maxwell, 59, has been accused of recruiting and grooming girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, some of whom were as young as 14.

Prosecutors have claimed that Maxwell “aided, aided and contributed to” Epstein’s abuse. Maxwell will also face two counts of perjury, those charges to be tried separately.

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Maxwell has denied all charges and pleaded not guilty.

The trial is set to last six weeks, and will focus on Maxwell’s alleged involvement in Epstein’s crimes.

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Epstein took his own life in Manhattan federal prison on August 10, 2019, in the lead-up to his own sex-trafficking trial. Maxwell was arrested almost a year later on 2 July 2020 in New Hampshire.

Jennifer Louis-Jean, a defense attorney in New York, has said that prosecutors want to “lay their case and give a preview of the type of evidence that is to come, and a preview of who the witnesses will be.”

Ms Louis-Joon said: “The defense is usually a bit too late in an opening statement because we don’t know what all the evidence is, and we want the jury to think really critically when they hear each and every witness – and Don’t take what the witnesses say to be true as they stand, and to think about how all the witnesses fit together.”

Maxwell faces six charges: conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to entice a minor to travel in order to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to engage minors in criminal sexual activity Conspiracy to transport with intent to commit, transport a minor with intent to commit criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and involvement in sex trafficking of minor.

Four accused have been cited and listed in the indictment as minor victim-1, minor victim-2, minor victim-3 and minor victim-4.

Additionally, Maxwell faces charges of perjury, with federal prosecutors stating that Maxwell had given false information “under oath” in a defamation case in which Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre sued Maxwell. .

Ms Giuffre alleged that Epstein and Maxwell forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17. Giuffre sued Maxwell for saying she was a liar, and both Maxwell and Prince Andrew denied the allegations.

In Maxwell’s ensuing trial, the indictment alleges that from 1994 to 1997, Maxwell “formulated a Minor Victim-1 to engage in sexual acts with Epstein in a number of ways” and was “inappropriate and abusive, among other things.” Seeking to normalize conduct, undress in front of Minor Victim-1 and be present when dressed in front of Minor Victim-1 Epstein.”

Court papers say Minor Victim-2 allegedly negotiated with Epstein at his property in New Mexico, and “arrived at Epstein’s invitation with the intention of being prepared for and/or subjected to acts of sexual abuse.” “

Maxwell allegedly “encouraged Minor Victim-2 to massage Epstein” and prepared to abuse Epstein.

If convicted, Maxwell could face up to 80 years in prison.

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Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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