Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial begins in New York

Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial begins in New York

The sex trafficking trial of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, ex-girlfriend of Ghislaine Maxwell is set to begin in New York

The British socialite denies recruiting pre-adult teens to Epstein for sexual assault from 1994 to 2004.

Maxwell, the daughter of the late media mogul Robert Maxwell, has been imprisoned in the United States since her arrest in July last year.

Jesselyn Maxwell, daughter of Robert Maxwell, will go to trial in New York on Monday (Jim James/PA)

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Her brother Ian Maxwell previously said his sister is in “effective isolation” at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she is held in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell with no natural light and equipped with a toilet and a concrete bed.

Epstein died in Brooklyn Jail in 2019 where he was being held on charges of trafficking minors in Florida and New York.

Court documents indicate that Maxwell will challenge the charges against her by claiming that the alleged victims may have “false or distorted memories.”

The full indictment against her lists six counts, including conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts, solicitation of a minor to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Maxwell is also charged with transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to traffic in sex, and sexual trafficking of a minor.

It is also alleged that the defendant lied under oath by concealing her participation in Epstein’s crimes during a separate civil case.

She denies all charges.

Opening statements in the trial are due to begin on Monday and the trial is expected to last six weeks.

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