Sex trafficking charges were added to the indictment against financier Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell on Monday, as prosecutors alleged she prepared a 14-year-old girl to recruit d ‘other young women in the early 2000s to provide “sexualized massages” to Epstein. in exchange for cash.
Charges in a replacement indictment returned by a Manhattan grand jury alleged that Epstein and Maxwell conspired between 1994 and 2004, when, according to prosecutors, Epstein was paying her to manage his properties. An indictment issued after Maxwell’s arrest in July limited the crimes to a three-year period in the 1990s.
Maxwell, 59, remained in federal prison without bail after a judge rejected bail packages three times, the latest of which included offers to renounce her citizenship in the UK and France, to be held in place by armed guards and to display $ 28.5 million in assets.
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Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell claims guard abused her in federal prison
Maxwell, a U.S. citizen, has pleaded not guilty to charges a year after Epstein’s arrest for sex trafficking. He was found dead in his jail cell at the Manhattan federal lockdown in August 2019. Maxwell appealed the bail denials.
A comment message was sent to his lawyers.
The rewritten indictment added a sex trafficking conspiracy and a sex trafficking charge against Maxwell. This pushed the allegations beyond previous accusations, which alleged that Maxwell recruited three daughters for Epstein to sexually abuse them from 1994 to 1997 and sometimes participated in the abuse. The indictment said Maxwell and Epstein had an intimate relationship during those years.
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The indictment added a fourth daughter to the allegations, claiming that she was repeatedly sexually abused by Epstein between 2001 and 2004 at his Palm Beach, Florida residence at the age of 14.
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The indictment said Maxwell prepared the unidentified girl to engage in sex acts with Epstein through multiple means, including giving him lingerie and hundreds of dollars in cash and encouraging the girl to recruit other young women to provide “sexualized massages” to Epstein.
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He said Maxwell “facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s access to underage victims knowing that he had a sexual preference for underage girls and that he intended to engage in sexual activity with these victims. ”
Earlier this year, Maxwell’s attorneys disputed the charges against her, saying they were obtained unfairly and did not properly allege the crimes. They said the indictment also violates an agreement made by federal prosecutors a dozen years ago not to indict Epstein or those who worked for him.
In a letter to a judge on Monday, prosecutors acknowledged that the rewritten indictment may require defense lawyers to complete their arguments to dismiss the charges.
But the government has also vowed not to bring another rewritten indictment against her unless lawyers ask to postpone a trial scheduled for July 12.
They also said that the fact that the replacement indictment was returned by a Manhattan grand jury should overturn Maxwell’s attorneys’ argument that the indictment was unfairly returned by a grand jury. of White Plains which would have been mainly composed of Whites.
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