Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial on charges she recruited teenage girls for the billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse has been delayed until the fall of 2021.
US District Judge Alison Nathan said a postponement of the trial, which had been scheduled for July 12, was appropriate because federal prosecutors added new charges to the case in March, and COVID-19 protocols made trial preparation harder.
The two additional charges stem from allegations brought forth by a fourth alleged victim.
According to a ‘superseding indictment’ that includes previous charges, Maxwell paid the girl hundreds of dollars to give Epstein sexual massages and even sent her lingerie.
Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges over her alleged role in procuring four teenage girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.
The new accuser, referred to a Minor Victim-4, allegedly met Maxwell at Epstein’s Palm Beach home when she was around 14.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial on charges she procured teenage girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse until the fall of 2021.Maxwell lost her latest bail hearing in New York last week and is now likely to remain in prison until her trial. Pictured: Maxwell with Epstein in 2005
A day after her bail was rejected, Maxwell’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, shared a close-up snap of her in prison. Her left eye has a bruise underneath, while Maxwell’s usual short dark cropped hairstyle has grown out, and is flecked with gray hairs. Following the release of the photo, a judge ordered the US government to explain why guards repeatedly flash light into Maxwell’s cell overnight, an action her lawyers say may have led to the bruising
Maxwell subsequently interacted with her on ‘multiple’ occasions even though she knew she was under 18 at the time, it is claimed.
These interactions took place between 2001 and 2004, the indictment alleges.
The time frame of the allegations has expanded to between 1994 and ‘at least’ 2004, which covers the period where Epstein was associating with powerful men like Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton.
Neither man is mentioned in the court documents but it significantly raises the prospect of them both being brought up at Maxwell’s trial.
The indictment also reveals that prosecutors intend to seize Maxwell’s assets if she is convicted. During a bail application she revealed her and her husband Scott Borgerson are worth $22.5million.
The new indictment dramatically increases the legal peril faced by Maxwell, who has pleaded not guilty to all the allegations so far.
Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in jail in 2019 before he could face trial in a sex trafficking case in New York
The 24-page document says ‘beginning at least in or about 2001’ Maxwell and Epstein ‘enticed and recruited, and caused to be enticed and recruited, minor girls to visit Epstein’s Palm Beach residence to engage in sex acts with Epstein, after which Epstein, Maxwell, or another employee of Epstein’s would give the victims hundreds of dollars in cash.’
Maxwell is accused of calling victims to ‘schedule an appointment for the victim to massage Epstein’ at his Palm Beach home.
The indictment says: ‘When a victim initially arrived at the Palm Beach Residence, she would be greeted by an employee of Epstein’s, including, at times, Maxwell.
‘The victim would then be escorted to a room with a massage table.
‘Once inside, the victim would provide a nude or semi-nude massage for Epstein who would himself typically be naked. During these encounters, Epstein would escalate the nature and scope of the physical contact to include sex acts such as groping and direct and indirect contact with the victim’s genitals’.
Maxwell ‘facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s access to minor victims knowing that he had a sexual preference for underage girls and that he intended to engage in sexual activity with those victims,’ the indictment says.
Nathan ordered prosecutors and Maxwell’s lawyers to propose a specific trial date by May 10.
Maxwell lost her latest bail hearing in New York last week and is now likely to remain in prison until her trial.
The court considers Maxwell, who has US, British and French passports, a flight risk. This is the fourth time since her arrest that she has been denied bail.
Maxwell’s claims that she is being mistreated in custody were not enough to persuade a panel of three appeals court judges in New York to overturn the decision to deny her bail.
The new accuser, referred to a Minor Victim-4, allegedly met Maxwell at Epstein’s Palm Beach home when she was around 14
Maxwell’s lawyer said guards in her Brooklyn jail were keeping her awake at night to ensure she wouldn’t commit suicide like financier and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
But in a brief order, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said that to the extent Maxwell is being deprived of sleep, she should seek relief from U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, who oversees her criminal case.
David Markus, Maxwell’s attorney, said he was ‘heartbroken’ by the ruling and the team are now ‘considering our options for next step.’
A day after her bail was rejected, Maxwell’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, shared a close-up snap of her in prison.
Her left eye has a bruise underneath, while Maxwell’s usual short dark cropped hairstyle has grown out, and is flecked with gray hairs.
The British socialite’s lawyers included the photo in a court filing Thursday as part of their ongoing concerns about Maxwell’s treatment at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center.
Following the release of the photo, a judge ordered the US government to explain why guards repeatedly flash light into Maxwell’s cell overnight, an action her lawyers say may have led to the bruising.
Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges over her alleged role in procuring four teenage girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004
Ghislaine MaxwelPictured: A courtroom sketch of Maxwell from her appearance on April 23
Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister was at court on April 23 wearing a black beret to support the accused sex trafficker. Maxwell did not appear to see her sister Isabel who was at the back of the court wearing dark glasses and a beret to disguise herself. She appeared extremely nervous and paced around
Maxwell previously pleaded not guilty to charges she helped Epstein recruit and groom three other girls for him to sexually abuse from 1994 to 1997, and committed perjury.
Epstein, 66, killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019, one month after being arrested on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell had been appealing Nathan’s March 22 rejection of a $28.5million bail package which the judge, who has denied bail three times, said did not keep Maxwell from being a ‘significant risk of flight.’
Ian Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother, said in a statement that he was ‘shocked my sister’s guards didn’t immediately refer her for proper medical care’.
‘Instead,’ he said, ‘they bullied and harassed her, effectively blaming the victim.
‘The simple solution is to review the round-the-clock security camera footage to see what may have occurred.’
He added: ‘Apart from whatever happened in this ‘House of Horrors’, I can report that Ghislaine’s family and friends continue to support her.
‘We are confident, once this is over, it will be the prosecutor who has a proverbial black eye.’
Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of grooming girls for pedophile ex Jeffrey Epstein, and joining in his abuse of them, has only been seen in court sketches until now, as no cameras or recording devices are allowed at hearings.
In a filing to the federal court in New York, Sternheim wrote that on Wednesday evening Maxwell was ‘confronted by MDC staff due a visible bruise over her left eye’.
Sternheim, who represented Al Qaeda terrorist Khaled al-Fawwaz over two US embassy bombings in Africa that killed 224, said Maxwell got what she called a ‘black eye’ despite 24/7 camera surveillance on her at all time.
The filing said: ‘No guard addressed the bruise until Ms. Maxwell, who has no mirror, caught a reflection of her aching eye in the glean of a nail clipper.
‘At that point, MDC staff confronted Ms. Maxwell regarding the source of the bruise, threatening to place her in the SHU if she did not reveal how she got it’ – the SHU is the most restrictive part of the prison.
Ghislaine Maxwell, far right, is pictured with Prince Andrew and accuser Virginia Roberts in her townhouse in London. Roberts has filed a criminal lawsuit claiming that she had under-aged sex with Prince Andrew and pedophile Epstein
The April 23 court hearing in which Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty marked the first time she publicly appeared in person since her arrest last July at her home in New Hampshire.
Prosecutors said she had been hiding out, while Maxwell’s lawyers said she moved there to escape incessant negative media publicity.
Since her arrest, she has been jailed in Brooklyn.
Maxwell wore a loose-fitting, blue short-sleeve shirt and white face mask, with her dark hair reaching below her shoulders.
Her older sister, Isabel Maxwell, attended the hearing. Maxwell had appeared by video for her prior arraignment.
Lawyers for Maxwell have complained that she has suffered from weight and hair loss in jail, which prosecutors have denied.
Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, is also accused of perjuring herself in a civil case.
She denies all the allegations.
Earlier this month, Maxwell’s family has launched a website in support of the British socialite, insisting she’s ‘no monster’ and protesting her innocence.
The site, realghislaine.com, invites people to ‘get to know the real Ghislaine’ on the website, where they shared biographical details, information about her upcoming trial, jail conditions, as well as the books she is reading behind bars.
‘This website has been developed and is maintained by brothers, sisters, family & friends of Ghislaine Maxwell, the people who have known the real Ghislaine all her life, not the fictional one-dimensional character created by the media,’ it states.
‘We believe wholeheartedly in our beloved sister’s innocence and encourage visitors to this site to sign up for updates from the family on her case by providing your e-mail address below in the strictest of confidence.’
JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S UNDOING: A TIMELINE OF THE MILLIONAIRE PEDOPHILE’S DOWNFALL
1999 – Virginia Roberts Giuffre is allegedly recruited by Ghislaine Maxwell to became Epstein’s ‘sex slave,’ at 17. She also claimed that he forced her to have sex with his friend Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth.
2002 – Trump tells New York Magazine that his friend Epstein ‘likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.’
2005 – A 14-year-old girl tells police that Epstein molested her at his Palm Beach mansion.
May 2006 – Epstein and two of his associates are charged with multiple counts of unlawful sex acts with a minor. State attorney of the time Barry Krischer, referred the case to a grand jury who heard from just two of the 12 girls law enforcement had gathered as potential witnesses. They returned just one single count of soliciting prostitution.
July 2006 – The case is referred to the FBI by the Florida Palm Beach police who were unhappy with how the case was handled.
2007 – Epstein’s lawyers meet with Miami’s top federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta, who would later become the Secretary of Labor in the Trump administration. They secretly negotiate the ‘deal of a lifetime’.
June 2008 – After pleading guilty to two prostitution charges, the millionaire was sentenced to 18 months in a low-security prison in exchange for prosecutors ending their investigation into his sex acts with minors and give him immunity from future prosecution related to those charges. In reality, Epstein was able to work from his office six days a week while supposedly incarcerated at the jail.
July 2008 – Accusers learned of the deal for the first time.
July 2009 – Epstein is released from jail five months early.
July 2018 – The Miami Herald publishes investigative journalist Julie K. Brown’s exposé on Epstein’s long history of alleged sexual abuse and news of the ‘deal of a lifetime’ after Acosta was made Labor Secretary.
February 2019 – The justice department opens an internal review into Epstein’s plea deal.
July 7, 2019 – Epstein is arrested after his private jet lands at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport from Paris. At the same time, federal agents break into his Manhattan townhouse where they uncovered hundreds of photographs of naked minors.
July 8, 2019 – Epstein is charged with sex trafficking charges which detail how he created a network of underage girls in Florida and New York, paying girls as young as 14 to provide ‘massages and sex acts.’ The charges carry a sentence of up to 45 years in prison.
July 11, 2019 – More than a dozen women, not previously known to law enforcement, came forward to accuse him of sex abuse.
July 24 – Epstein was found unconscious in his cell after an apparent suicide attempt. He was moved to suicide watch at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
August 9, 2019 – More than 2,000 documents are unsealed which reveal the lurid allegations against Epstein in detail.
August 10, 2019 – Epstein is found dead in his cell.