On Tuesday, Ghislaine Maxwell appeared in Manhattan federal court via video feed, to plead not guilty to her alleged involvement in the sex trade of underage girls by Jeffrey Epstein. She was not released on bail and will remain in detention following lengthy arguments in which prosecutors described it as a risk of flight. The court also heard evidence from the accusers. Prosecutors read a statement from one of Maxwell’s accusers, identified as Jane Doe. Maxwell, according to the press release, “liked to attract his victims with perceived attention”. The same accuser described Maxwell’s “sociopathic way”. Maxwell has repeatedly denied the wrongdoing. Her lawyers said she “vigorously denies the charges” and “has a right to the presumption of innocence”. Mark Seal, special correspondent of Vanity Fair and author of a profile of Ghislaine, tells Anushka asthana on Ghislaine’s relationship with Epstein while Guardian reporter Victoria Bekiempis discusses the charges she faces.
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