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U.S. judge rejects Ghislaine Maxwell bid to dismiss indictment
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NEW YORK — A U.S. judge on Friday rejected Ghislaine Maxwell’s bid to dismiss the original indictment accusing the British socialite of aiding the financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of girls.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan rejected Maxwell’s arguments that she could not get a fair trial because of a drumbeat of negative media publicity, or was being scapegoated because Epstein was dead.


“The court will not dismiss the indictment on Maxwell’s bare assertion that numerous witnesses are engaged in a perjurious conspiracy against her,” Nathan wrote in a 34-page decision. “And the court will take all appropriate steps to ensure that the pretrial publicity in this case does not compromise Maxwell’s right to a fair and impartial jury.”

Nathan nonetheless agreed to Maxwell’s request to sever two perjury charges, which would be tried separately.

Lawyers for Maxwell did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan declined to comment.

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Nathan’s decision covers the first six of the eight criminal counts Maxwell faces, to which she has pleaded not guilty.


They concern accusations that Maxwell, 59, helped Epstein recruit and groom three girls for him to sexually abuse from 1994 to 1997, and lied under oath about her role in depositions taken in 2016 for a separate civil lawsuit.

She is to be arraigned on April 23 on sex trafficking charges that she groomed and paid a fourth girl to provide nude massages to Epstein and engage in sex acts with him from 2001 to 2004, and recruited others to offer erotic massages.

Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 after being arrested on sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell has been jailed in Brooklyn since her arrest last July, and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

She is seeking a 90-day or longer delay in her scheduled July 12 trial, saying prosecutors’ adding the sex trafficking charges on March 29 vastly expanded the case and would make going forward as scheduled “a miscarriage of justice.”

Nathan’s decision addressed 12 motions from Maxwell early this year to dismiss or narrow the criminal case.

These included arguments that Epstein’s 2007 non-prosecution agreement covered Maxwell, and that her Manhattan-based prosecutors obtained the indictment too late.

Nathan agreed with the prosecutors that Epstein’s agreement with their Miami counterparts did not bind them or cover the original indictment, and that the charges were timely under a 2003 law concerning sexual abuse of minors.

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The judge also said Maxwell’s claim that the suburban White Plains, New York, grand jury that indicted her last June lacked diversity because it had too few Blacks and Hispanics was moot, because a Manhattan grand jury returned the March 29 indictment.

At the time of the original indictment, no grand juries were being seated in Manhattan because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nathan, however, said severing the perjury charges was needed to avoid admitting “evidence of other acts likely to be unduly prejudicial,” and forcing Maxwell’s lawyers to disqualify themselves because they were involved in the earlier civil case.

In exchange for immunity under his nonprosecution agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to Florida state prostitution charges and served just 13 months in jail. The arrangement is now widely considered too lenient.
 

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Epstein mansion demolished as Maxwell channels #MeToo
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As a wrecking ball slammed into pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, Ghislaine Maxwell used a #believewomen gambit in her latest bail bid.

Crews in Florida on Monday began ripping down the Epstein mansion, where many of the financier’s sex crimes involving underage girls occurred.


The Palm Beach Post reported that the developer who purchased the $20-million mansion claimed it would be “satisfying” to pulverize the pedo’s lair.

A residence of financier Jeffrey Epstein is shown in Palm Beach, Florida, March 14, 2019. It is being demolished. (REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo)
A residence of financier Jeffrey Epstein is shown in Palm Beach, Florida, March 14, 2019. It is being demolished. (REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo)
For British socialite Maxwell, it must seem as though a wrecking ball obliterates every effort she makes to get out on bail.

Late Monday, her legal eagles made the outlandish comparison between Maxwell and the young women she allegedly abused.

Oh, and they pointed out that she isn’t a monster.

Lawyer David Oscar Markus said the prosecution’s case rests on the testimony of women whose claims are backed by documentation and witnesses.

But when the disgraced Maxwell moans about conditions in the Metropolitan Detention Center she isn’t believed, her lawyer whinged.

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In the nine months since the 59-year-old onetime belle of the ball has been caged, her lawyers have called conditions “torture,” likened her treatment to that of fictitious cannibal Hannibal Lecter, and tossed in a slew of other inflammatory accusations.


She has also claimed she’s been more shabbily treated than celebrity rapists Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein.

Now, you can add martyr to the list.

“The government professes to believe women, but only when those women are on their side, despite their inconsistent and self-contradictory statements about old, uncorroborated allegations,” Markus wrote in his filing.

“When it is Ms. Maxwell who has been abused, the government wants to believe only the abusers who say they did no such thing and without watching the actual video. It seems like the only rule is to get Ms. Maxwell at all costs.”

So far, Maxwell’s bids for bail have been torpedoed three times by Judge Alison Nathan.

According to the New York Daily News, Maxwell will try again next week.


Maxwell and her legal team have claimed she’s a proxy for her onetime sugar daddy Epstein, who mysteriously died while in custody in 2019.

“As much as the government would like this case to be the Jeffrey Epstein show, Ghislaine Maxwell is not Jeffrey Epstein,” Markus added.

When she does finally go to trial in July, there will be two separate trials.

One will be for allegedly grooming underage girls to have sex with Epstein and the other for lying under oath about her allegedly debauched lifestyle.

She has pleaded not guilty and denies any wrongdoing.

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Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty to sex trafficking charges
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NEW YORK — British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty on Friday to federal sex trafficking charges in the case accusing her of helping the late financier Jeffrey Epstein recruit and sexually abuse girls.

Maxwell, 59, entered her plea through her lawyer before U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan.


The charges had been included in an eight-count indictment unveiled on March 29. It was the first time Maxwell had faced a judge in person since her arrest last July.

Prosecutors have accused Maxwell of grooming and paying a girl who, starting at age 14, gave Epstein nude massages and engaged in sex acts with him from 2001 to 2004, and said the girl recruited others to offer erotic massages.

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.

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Maxwell’s trial remains scheduled for July 12 provided a courtroom is available, but her lawyers are seeking a 120 or 180-day delay because of the new charges, a request prosecutors oppose.

“Ghislaine is looking forward to that trial,” a spokesman, David Markus, said after the arraignment. “She’s looking forward to fighting and she will fight.”

Nathan has not decided whether to delay the trial, but said she wants to start as close as possible to July 12 if there were no delay.


In a letter released after the arraignment, lawyers for Maxwell proposed starting on Nov. 8, 2021 or Jan. 10, 2022.

Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

The two perjury counts would be handled separately in a second trial.

Friday’s hearing marked the first time Maxwell has 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.

Nathan has denied bail three times, calling Maxwell a substantial flight risk despite a proposed $28.5 million bail package.

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On Monday, Maxwell’s lawyers are expected to argue before the federal appeals court in Manhattan that the third bail denial should be overturned.

In seeking a trial delay, Maxwell’s lawyers cited the “voluminous” amounts of evidence, blamed prosecutors for being too slow to turn over materials, and said jail restrictions have impeded Maxwell from preparing her defence.


Prosecutors have pledged to make “significant efforts” to ensure that Maxwell was prepared for a July trial.

They also said a delay would also harm the four alleged victims, saying two have reported significant stress from the case and expressed a desire to go to trial.

“Everybody felt that they were cheated by Mr. Epstein’s death,” David Boies, a lawyer for some of Epstein’s and Maxwell’s accusers, said after the arraignment.

“Now that Miss Maxwell is going to go to trial,” he added, “I think that is something that they’re looking forward to.”

Even if no delay were granted, a July 12 start is not assured.

Only seven courtrooms in the Manhattan courthouse have been reconfigured for the COVID-19 pandemic to accommodate jury trials, according to a court spokesman.

Jailed defendants in criminal cases get higher priority for jury trials, but some defendants are ahead of Maxwell.
 
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Sleep-deprived Ghislaine Maxwell needs bail to prepare for trial: Lawyer
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British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell appears during her arraignment hearing on a new indictment at Manhattan Federal Court in New York City, April 23, 2021, in this courtroom sketch.
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NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell deserves bail because her “horrific” jail conditions make it impossible to prepare for trial on charges she procured teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, her lawyer told a U.S. appeals court on Monday.

The lawyer David Markus said it’s unfair to force Maxwell to review millions of pages of materials from behind bars, with guards waking her with flashlights every 15 minutes on a misplaced concern she might, like Epstein, commit suicide.


“We just want a fair opportunity, a fair chance, so she can get ready for the trial of her life,” Markus told a panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. “It’s impossible to prepare for trial when you’re getting no sleep.”

Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and groom three girls for sex from 1994 to 1997, and sex trafficking for grooming and paying a fourth girl for nude massages and sex acts with the financier from 2001 to 2004.

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The British socialite is appealing U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan’s March 22 rejection of a $28.5 million bail package that included renouncing her British and French citizenships.

Nathan has denied bail three times, and said Maxwell was a “significant risk of flight” even with high bail.

Maxwell has been jailed in Brooklyn since her July 2020 arrest at a million-dollar New Hampshire home that prosecutors called a hideout. Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Federal prosecutor Lara Pomerantz told the three-judge appeals court panel that Nathan did not commit “clear error,” a high legal standard, in denying bail.

One judge asked whether prison officials not wanting to “risk another embarrassment” of another inmate’s suicide should let an independent psychiatrist evaluate Maxwell.

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Pomerantz said Maxwell’s lawyers haven’t asked for one, and said Nathan has “actively” monitored her jail conditions to ensure she’ll be ready for trial.

The appeals court did not say when it will rule.

Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted. A trial is scheduled for July 12, but Maxwell wants it delayed until November or next January because of its complexity.
 
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U.S. appeals court rejects Ghislaine Maxwell's latest bail request
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NEW YORK — A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected Ghislaine Maxwell’s latest request for bail, after her lawyer said guards in her Brooklyn jail were keeping her awake at night to ensure she does not commit suicide like the financier Jeffrey Epstein.

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.


“I’m heartbroken,” Maxwell’s lawyer David Markus said in an email. “If our system tolerates detaining a presumed innocent 59-year old woman with no criminal history and subjecting her to tortuous conditions, simply because of her old connection to Jeffrey Epstein, we should all be deeply troubled.”

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.

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She had been appealing Nathan’s March 22 rejection of a $28.5 million bail package, the third time the judge denied bail.

Nathan said Maxwell remained a “significant risk of flight” despite the high dollar amount, and that no conditions would ensure she would show up in court.

In oral arguments on Monday, Markus objected to jail guards’ waking Maxwell every 15 minutes with flashlights to make sure she was still breathing, despite there being no evidence she was suicidal.

Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Lawyers for Maxwell have also said other conditions at the Brooklyn jail prevented her from preparing effectively for her scheduled July 12 trial, which she is seeking to delay. Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.
 
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How did Ghislaine Maxwell get THAT black eye?
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Publishing date:Apr 29, 2021 • 16 hours ago • 2 minute read • 13 Comments
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Lawyers for disgraced British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell are doubling down on springing the accused sex trafficker ahead of her July trial.

On Thursday, the legal eagles released the first photo of the 59-year-old former Jeffrey Epstein paramour since she was busted last summer.

The photo shows the haggard, now gray-haired Maxwell sporting a black eye.

According to the New York Post, the photo was released by the publishing heiress’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, and was included in a letter filed in connection with her criminal case.

According to Sternheim, the “apparent” injury has triggered renewed bad blood between Maxwell and her jailers.

“Last night, she was confronted by MDC (the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn) staff due (to) a visible bruise over her left eye,” Sternheim wrote. “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.”

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She added: “At that point, MDC staff confronted Ms. Maxwell regarding the source of the bruise, threatening to place her in the SHU (special housing unit) if she did not reveal how she got it.”

Inmates are typically transferred to the unit if they’re injured in some way or are targeted for abuse by other jailbirds.

Since she was jailed, Maxwell’s lawyers and supporters have unleashed a near endless barrage of complaints, going so far as to say her treatment was worse than “Hannibal Lecter’s.”

Now, her lawyers are claiming the former party girl’s shiner is a result of bruising from covering her eyes with a sock or towel.

They have complained bitterly that guards shine flashlights into her cell every 15 minutes throughout the evening.


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Maxwell’s repeated attempts at bail have all been torpedoed because of her wealth, international connections and multiple passports.

In addition to sex trafficking charges, she also faces a perjury beef.

New York tabloids have referred to her as “Epstein’s pimp” for allegedly procuring underage girls for the late billionaire to sexually abuse.

She has pleaded not guilty and denies any wrongdoing.

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Ghislaine Maxwell said 'girls are like candy,' pal alleges
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British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell appears during her arraignment hearing on a new indictment at Manhattan Federal Court in New York City, April 23, 2021, in this courtroom sketch.
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Ghislaine Maxwell looks like she’s been chiselled from a block of ice.

And if her demeanour is any indication, the inside matches the outside, according to a former friend who has known the disgraced socialite for years.


Today, the former paramour of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is cooling her jets in a Brooklyn jail while she awaits her July trial on sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty and none of the charges have been proven in court.

A wealthy California woman said she met Maxwell at a gala in 2004 at her Los Angeles-area home, and they became fast friends.

“My first impression was that she was very intelligent and very charismatic, she knows what to say,” the woman, who asked to remain anonymous because she has spoken to the FBI about the Maxwell case, told the Toronto Sun.

Jeffrey Epstein, left, Ghislaine Maxwell and Prince Andrew are pictured in file photos.
Jeffrey Epstein, left, Ghislaine Maxwell and Prince Andrew are pictured in file photos. PHOTO BY FILE PHOTOS /Getty Images
She revealed that Maxwell was drawn to the wealthy like a moth to a flame.

“This woman was worse than Jeffrey Epstein. She has no conscience … I wondered about a lot of things with her, sometimes,” the woman said, adding that Maxwell was hypersexual.

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“She told me she could get into anybody’s pants and that ‘girls are like candy.'”

These were the days before Epstein was arrested in Florida on an underage prostitution beef.

“I visited her at her place on E. 65th St. (in New York) and at Jeff’s place, and we flew together several times,” the woman said.

But it didn’t take long for her to start noticing disturbing things unfolding in the Maxwell-Epstein orbit.

She said that Maxwell was attracted to both men and women and sincerely hoped she would one day marry creepy Epstein. Both were obsessed with social standing and even had rankings.

“There were always half-naked young women around both Maxwell and Epstein. Yes, I saw them, and it troubled me,” she said.

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A friend said Maxwell was obsessed with sex. A woman alleged to be Maxwell stretches out in the sand at Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida mansion. PALM BEACH STATES ATTORNEY
The woman revealed she has been questioned by the FBI, but she wishes she had acted sooner like many others.

“I feel a burden of guilt for not having done something sooner,” she said. “But they (Maxwell and Epstein) were a team when it came to sex, money and power. A very formidable team and the most perverse people I’ve ever seen.”

Even today, the Californian said she remains mind-boggled by the extent of the corruption around the twosome.


Now, the 59-year-old publishing heiress is backed into a desperate corner. If convicted, she could be in jail for decades.

“If it looks like she’s going down, Ghislaine will make a deal, and she’ll throw people under the bus, including Prince Andrew,” the former friend explains.

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“I know Ghislaine. She cares about one person and one person only. And that’s Ghislaine Maxwell.”

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Ghislaine Maxwell's sex crimes trial in New York delayed until fall
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NEW YORK — A U.S. judge on Monday granted Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to delay her trial on charges she procured teenage girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, and said the trial will begin in the fall.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan said a “short” postponement of the scheduled July 12 trial was appropriate because federal prosecutors added new charges to the case, and COVID-19 protocols made trial preparation harder.


Nathan ordered prosecutors and Maxwell’s lawyers to jointly propose a new trial date by May 10.

Lawyers for Maxwell did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan declined to comment.

Maxwell, 59, had sought to delay the trial until at least Nov. 8, citing the charges added on March 29 to the government’s case.

She 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.