Ghislaine Maxwell faces accusers during video court appearance


Ghislaine Maxwell, ex-girlfriend and long-time partner of recently convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, will face a judge and at least one of his accusers by video during a hearing to determine if she remains behind bars until lawsuit for the charges she recruited for the financier. to sexually abuse a quarter of a century before committing suicide in a Manhattan prison.The Tuesday afternoon hearing before the federal court in Manhattan is expected to present a plea of ​​not guilty to the British socialite, as well as arguments as to whether she will flee if she is released.

Even if she was released on bail, she would almost certainly remain incarcerated while prosecutors would have time to appeal and authorities would take the time to organize an electronic bracelet and check her guarantee and finances. anyone required to provide additional security.

The confrontation with one of his accusers will be an unusual spectacle with participants appearing by video on a screen in a large jury meeting room in a Manhattan courthouse where sixty spectators are tested for fever and must answer COVID-19 related issues.

A year earlier, Epstein had been found dead in a federal prison in New York several weeks after he was also confronted by two accusers during a bail hearing which insisted that he remain in prison pending Sex trafficking charges that allegedly abused girls at his Manhattan and Florida mansions in the early 2000s.

Maxwell, 58, has been held without bail since his July 2 arrest on his million-dollar New Hampshire property, where prosecutors say she refused to open the door to FBI agents, who attempted to discover that she had retired to an interior room.

Accused of recruiting girls to abuse Epstein

In an indictment, she is accused of recruiting at least three girls, including one as young as 14 years old, for Epstein to abuse from 1994 to 1997.

The indictment alleged that she helped the victims prepare for the sexual abuse and was sometimes there when Epstein abused them. He also alleged that she lied during a statement in 2016 in a civil case resulting from the ill-treatment inflicted by Epstein on girls and women.

In court documents, her lawyers argued that the death of Epstein had left the media “mistakenly attempting to replace her with Epstein – even though she had had no contact with Epstein for more than a decade, no had never been charged with a crime or found responsible in any civil litigation, and has always denied any allegation of alleged misconduct. ”

The hearing comes a day after prosecutors argued in court documents that Maxwell was in danger of fleeing the country if she was released on bail of $ 5 million, which his lawyers had recommended.

“The accused not only has reason to flee, but also the means to do so quickly and efficiently,” the prosecutor wrote, citing her access to millions of dollars and the scarce financial information provided by her lawyers.

Maxwell’s lawyers say in court documents that their client will stay at home, protected by electronic surveillance, private security, and her friends and two siblings who live in the United States.

“Ms. Maxwell vigorously denies the charges, intends to fight them and is entitled to the presumption of innocence,” wrote her lawyers.

They said she had lived in the United States since 1991 and had not left the country last year “even though she was aware of the ongoing criminal investigation and was widely publicized.”


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