Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial set to start on November 29

Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial set to start on November 29

  • Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial date has been set for November  
  • Judge Nathan said jury selection can occur in the week of November 15 
  • Opening statements will begin on November 29, US District Judge said 
  •  Maxwell, 59, has been held without bail since July on charges alleging she recruited teenage girls from 1994 to 2004 for Epstein to sexually abuse

Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial will start in November on charges that she recruited teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse over a 10-year period.

Jury selection can occur in mid-November and opening statements will begin on November 29, US District Judge Alison J Nathan said.

The order was issued a day after prosecutors told the judge that both sides would be ready for trial in November, though defence lawyers preferred it begin on November 8 while prosecutors wanted it to start on November 29.

Judge Nathan said jury selection can occur in the week of November 15.

Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial will start in November on charges that she recruited teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse over a 10-year period. Pictured: Maxwell with Epstein in 2005

The judge recently scrapped a July 12 trial date after defence lawyers complained that sex trafficking charges added in March left them insufficient time to investigate and prepare for trial.

Maxwell, 59, has been jailed at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn since last July, when she was arrested at a New Hampshire estate.

Judge Nathan has denied bail three times, twice rejecting a 28.5 million dollar (£20.1 million) proposed package that would have required Maxwell to remain in a New York City dwelling with 24-hour armed guards.

The judge said she believed Maxwell was a risk to flee despite the US citizen’s claims that she was willing to renounce her citizenship in the UK and France to prove her willingness to appear for trial.

Maxwell’s lawyers released a photo of Ghislaine Maxwell with a bruise under her left eye. It is not clear how she got the bruise, but Maxwell told lawyers it might have come from shielding her eyes during the nighttime checks

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges that she recruited teenage girls from 1994 to 2004 for Epstein to sexually abuse during encounters sometimes described as sexualised massages.

Prosecutors say their case hinges primarily on the evidence of four women who were abused, including two who say they were recruited when they were 14.

Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in jail in 2019 before he could face trial in a sex trafficking case in New York

Defence lawyers have challenged the charges on numerous grounds, although Judge Nathan has rejected most of them. They have succeeded in severing perjury charges from those alleging sex abuse.

Epstein killed himself in August 2019 in a federal Manhattan jail as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges.

 It emerged earlier this month that prison guards are shining a torch into Ghislaine Maxwell’s cell every 15 minutes while she sleeps for her own safety.

Judges asked prosecutors to explain why the accused madam was being monitored in such a way after the regime was revealed by her lawyer a week ago.   

Prosecutors told Manhattan federal court Judge Alison Nathan Wednesday that she was on an ‘enhanced security schedule’.

‘MDC staff conduct flashlight checks every fifteen minutes because the defendant, while not on suicide watch, is on an enhanced security schedule,’ prosecutors wrote in a letter.

They said it was necessary because of the nature of her charges, the potential stress she faces in a high-profile criminal case and because of a need to ensure her safety in a cell where she is alone. 

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

Earlier this month, Maxwell’s lawyers released a photo of Maxwell with a bruise under her left eye.

It is not clear how she got the bruise, but Maxwell told lawyers it might have come from shielding her eyes during the nighttime checks. 

Maxwell, 59, has been held without bail since July on charges alleging she recruited teenage girls from 1994 to 2004 for Epstein to sexually abuse. She has pleaded not guilty.  

A superseding indictment in March added a fourth teenage girl to the allegations and extended the years of the alleged conspiracy to 2004.   

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