Ghislaine Maxwell sex-trafficking trial expected to go before jury

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial in Manhattan is expected to go before a jury on Monday, after the initial statements are finalized by a panel of 12 jurors and six options.

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Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to the late financier Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged involvement in the sexual abuse of teenage girls, some of whom are as young as 14.

The charges include conspiracy to entice minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts, inducement to travel for minor to engage in illegal sexual acts, conspiracy to transport minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity Includes transportation with intent to engage a minor, criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, and in the sex trafficking of a minor.

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The indictment cites four accused – called Minor Victim-1, Minor Victim-2, Minor Victim-3 and Minor Victim-4 – though it is believed more will take a stand.

Epstein killed himself in Manhattan Federal Prison in August 2019 while awaiting trial. Prosecutors have said Maxwell’s alleged crimes took place from 1994 to 2004.

Officers arrested Briton, daughter of the late press baron Robert Maxwell, at a secret, expensive estate in the small New Hampshire town of Bradford on 2 July 2020.

Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. Attorney for Manhattan at the time, argued that Maxwell “was instrumental in helping Epstein identify, befriend, and groom minor victims” and that “in some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse.” took”.

The indictment alleges that Maxwell “will, among other things, attempt to generalize sexual abuse to a minor victim, discuss sexual topics, undress in front of the victim when a minor was wearing the victim’s clothing, and/ or were present for sexual acts involving minor victims and Epstein”.

The Manhattan US Attorney has also accused Maxwell of attempting to cover up his involvement in Epstein’s crimes by providing untrue information “under oath” during the civil trial.

That lawsuit was a defamation case brought against Maxwell by longtime Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre. Giuffre has claimed that Maxwell and Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew at the age of 17.

Giuffre sued Maxwell, who called him a liar. Both Maxwell and the Duke of York maintain their innocence. Maxwell is charged with two counts of alleged lying. They will be tried in a separate proceedings.

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