Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial begins on Monday. Epstein’s victims say she was central to his plan.
The long-awaited trial of Ghislaan Maxwell, a confidant of convicted sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, can be likened to an iceberg — many unanswered questions about their alleged project will remain hidden, for now.
Maxwell, a British socialite who insists she is innocent, is not likely to face questions about allegedly helping Epstein arrange “dates” with women over the age of 18 for a group of rich and powerful men. Nor is she likely to be questioned about the allegations of an alleged victim who said in a civil lawsuit that Maxwell trafficked her to Britain’s Prince Andrew when she was 17. He denied the allegations.
It is also unlikely that prosecutors will be allowed to delve into the social and business ties of Epstein, a multi-millionaire financier, with other bold-faced names such as former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, and Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner.
Instead, US District Judge Alison Nathan of the Southern District of New York limited the scope of federal prosecutors by focusing the case against the British socialite turned suspect specifically on allegations that she helped Epstein recruit and abuse four underage girls in the 1990s.
“This is going to be a narrow slice of what happened,” said civil attorney Dan Kaiser, who represents several of Epstein’s alleged victims despite not participating in this particular trial. This ring entrapped dozens and dozens and dozens of girls. Maxwell was a key player. You could say she was Epstein’s operations manager.”
The opening statements begin in a trial expected to last six weeks on Monday. Prosecutors said those four, who are now grown-ups, would take the stand and testify against Maxwell.
Epstein was found dead in August 2019 in a Manhattan prison while awaiting trial for sex trafficking. His death was a suicide.
‘Maxwell was the center of a sex trafficking ring’, Epstein’s alleged victim Jennifer Arause He told NBC News After Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 at her luxury hideout in Bedford, New Hampshire.
NBC News does not generally identify rape victims, but Araoz announced in an interview in July 2019 during which she said she was 15. When Epstein raped her. she has File a lawsuit against Maxwell Alleging that she and the other staff members “conspired with each other to make the plaintiff’s sexual assault and rape possible and otherwise facilitated.” Maxwell has repeatedly denied the accusations against her.
Arauz is not one of the women expected to testify against Maxwell, all of whom will be identified at trial only by their initials. Represented by Kaiser.
Ian, Maxwell’s older brother, said that his sister “Patsy” and that federal investigators only focused on her after Epstein hanged himself.
They lost it and so someone has to pay the price. There must be Albatesi. said in CBS News Interview In November.
Prosecutors said not true.
“Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein identify, befriend and prepare minor victims for abuse,” acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss told reporters. After Maxwell was arrested. “In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse herself.”
Maxwell faces eight criminal charges related to alleged efforts to entice minors to travel and engage in illegal sexual acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and conspiracy to trade sex.
If convicted on all charges, Maxwell, 59, who is being held without bail in Brooklyn Jail, could face years in prison.
In the second 24-page indictment, prosecutors alleged that from 1994 to 2004 Maxwell “aided, facilitated, and contributed” to Epstein’s abuse of underage girls by recruiting, grooming, and ultimately sexually abusing the victims themselves.
Prosecutors asserted that the victims were 14 years old when she and Epstein sexually assaulted them.
Prosecutors said both Epstein and Maxwell knew that some of the victims were minors. As part of her alleged scheme, prosecutors say, Maxwell worked with Epstein to lure underage victims to travel to his luxurious residences around the world.
The abuse allegedly occurred at Epstein’s luxury residences in Palm Beach, Florida; Santa Fe, New Mexico; And on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, prosecutors said.
Youngest daughter of British press baron Robert Maxwell, who drowned in 1991, Maxwell also faces two counts of perjury linked to an affidavit in a civil case in 2016. The indictment alleges that when Maxwell was questioned about her involvement in the alleged abuse and trafficking she lied under oath.
But Nathan cut the perjury charges from this trial.
Maxwell was arrested a year after Epstein was arrested at a New Jersey airport after returning from Paris on a private jet.
According to a government request opposing Maxwell’s request to release him on bail, arrest her It was a bit of a drama.
After FBI agents broke through the gate of her New Hampshire home and then asked her security guards to open the front door, the agents allegedly spotted Maxwell trying to escape.
“Customers saw the defendant ignoring direction to open the door and, instead, attempting to flee to another room in the house, quickly closing the door behind her,” the court papers say.
The agents forcibly opened the door and eventually found Maxwell inside the house, according to the court filing.
Her lawyers argued in court papers that she was living in isolation to protect herself and her family from “relentless and intrusive media coverage.”
In affidavits in a civil case, former masseus Epstein and his employees and associates painted a picture of Maxwell as the key enabler of a serial sexual predator.
Epstein’s alleged victim, Virginia Roberts Geoffrey, stated in a September 2019 “Dateline” interview that Maxwell lured her into the funder’s network.
At the time, Joffrey said she was working as a hostess in the locker room at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and happened to be reading a book on massage therapy when “this beautiful, well-spoken, well-behaved woman approached her with an accent of English, basic and proper.” .
“It’s funny you’re reading a book about it, because I know this older guy who’s looking for a traveling masseuse,” Giuffre recalls. “He is very rich. He flies everywhere.”
But at the end of her first visit to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, Joffrey said, Maxwell manipulated her into having sex with her boss.
Joffrey said she soon found herself being traded by Maxwell and Epstein to men as rich and powerful as Andrew.
Whatever the outcome of the trial, the fact that Epstein no longer exists and that Maxwell has been tried is indeed a relief to some of the defendants.
“Now that the ring is removed, I know I can’t get hurt anymore,” Arauz said.