Ghislaine Maxwell accused of multiple allegations of sexual exploitation, announces the US attorney
Ghislaine Maxwell will face court in person for the first time since she was arrested on sex trafficking charges for allegedly procuring underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein.
While Maxwell has already appeared on videoconference, today will be her first trip from a Brooklyn jail to federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan, New York.
The 59-year-old British socialite has already pleaded not guilty, but will appear before court to file a motion on new charges that add another alleged victim and increase the length of time investigated.
Prosecutors say Maxwell “lured and treated” minors by normalizing their abuse through “discussing sexual topics, undressing in front of the victim, being present when a minor victim was stripped, and / or being present for sexual acts that involve the minor victim and Epstein “.
Maxwell’s attorneys are calling for a delay at the start of the hearing to examine thousands of “highly confidential” photos presented as evidence.
The indictment is scheduled for 2:30 pm Eastern local time today, while his trial will begin on July 12.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to delay trial causes “significant” stress for victims, prosecutors say
Prosecutors told a federal judge that Maxwell’s request to postpone the start date of July 12 so that his defense can review thousands of photos placed “an enormous amount of stress” on the victims.
A whopping 1.2 million documents were handed over to the defense team during the discovery, including “highly confidential images”.
Maxwell’s lawyers asked to delay the start of the trial and split it into two hearings on separate charges: one on sex trafficking charges and the other on allegations of lying under oath.
In a new memo filed Thursday to oppose the delay, U.S. Assistant Attorney Maureen Comey wrote that there is no need to delay the first charges after the separation from perjury, according to Law & Crime.
“The longer this case remains pending, the longer the victims suffer from the anxiety of anticipating the testimony of the trial and the uncertainty of waiting for a resolution,” says the brief.
“In particular, Minor Victim-3 expressed strong stress during the suspension of this case and a strong desire for the case to be concluded as soon as possible through the trial. Similarly, Minor Victim-2 also indicated that he experienced an enormous amount of stress while this case was pending, he wants the case to be brought to trial. “
Justin vallejoApril 23, 2021 5:45 pm
The life of the alleged Madame by Jeffrey Epstein
Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of British newspaper baron Robert Maxwell and his French wife Elisabeth, was born in Maisons-Laffitte in northern France on Christmas Day 1961, the youngest of nine children, writes The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad.
“Just two days later, his teenage brother Michael was involved in a car accident that would have kept him in a prolonged coma until his death in 1967, a tragedy that marked the family. Ghislaine and her siblings grew up in Oxford at Maxwell’s Headington Hill Hall home, a sprawling mansion that also served as the headquarters for her father’s Pergamon Press publishing house, which, at 14, Ghislaine would help by learning to program a new suite. Wang’s computer that his father had introduced in 1973 as part of a modernization initiative. “
Catch up with Maxwell’s life and times before today’s court appearance.
Justin vallejoApril 23, 2021 5:10 pm
Ghislaine Maxwell appears in court
Hello and welcome toThe Independent’s Live coverage of Ghislaine Maxwell appearing in court – in person – for the first time since her arrest on sex trafficking charges.
Justin vallejoApril 23, 2021 4:40 pm
What does Qanon have to do with Ghislaine Maxwell appearing in person today?
It is not a series of typos.
Ghislaine Maxwell requested an in-person hearing after her latest live stream in court ended with a “debacle” choreographed by QAnon supporters.
The January stream was reportedly streamed illegally on YouTube with the live chat becoming a hive for conspiracy supporters.
“As the attorney notified the government, Ms. Maxwell is requesting a complaint in person. He will not waive that right, especially in light of media coverage and the debacle that occurred during long-distance proceedings in a related civil lawsuit before Judge Preska, “his lawyers said in a court statement, according to Newsweek.
Graeme Massie has the story.
Justin vallejoApril 22, 2021 5:00 pm