Sarah Ransom, one of the women who have accused the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and his ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell of abuse, arrived in court as Ms Maxwell’s trial was about to begin.
“I never thought this day would come,” she told reporters outside the courthouse in New York City on Monday.
Ms Maxwell could face up to 80 years in prison if convicted. He is accused of recruiting and grooming four underage girls for Epstein between 1994 and 2004. Epstein died in a Manhattan prison in 2019 while awaiting trial for sexual assault charges by suicide.
Born to a British couple in South Africa, Ms Ransom has said she attempted to escape to Epstein’s private island in shark-infested waters after being raped three times in a single day. She will not testify.
Since being arrested in July, Ms Maxwell has been awaiting trial in a Brooklyn prison. Initial statements are due Monday and the trial is expected to run through mid-January.
Ms Maxwell’s legal team is expected to try to distance her from Epstein and play down her charges. She denies all the allegations against her.
Ms Maxwell has been charged with six offences, including conspiracy to entice minors to engage in illegal sex acts, enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts, engaging minors in criminal sexual activity Conspiracy to transport with the intention of being, involves transportation. Criminal sexual activity of a minor, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and with intent to engage in sex trafficking of a minor.
She also faces two charges of perjury, which will be tried separately.
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