Ghislaine Maxwell jury resumes deliberations after Christmas break

Ghislaine Maxwell jury returns for a fourth day of deliberations after British socialite was forced to ring in her 60th birthday and Christmas in 10×12 ft prison cell

  • The jury of six men and six women in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial enter a fourth day of deliberations Monday after returning from Christmas break
  • Jurors broke for the holiday without reaching a verdict last Wednesday, turning down an offer to work Thursday 
  • The decision meant Maxwell spent Christmas Day – her 60th birthday –  behind bars at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn
  • Judge Alison Nathan urged the jury to be ‘safe’ over the break due to the spike in Omicron cases in New York City  
  • Maxwell has maintained her innocence and her lawyers have bashed her accusers as being motivated by money 

Jurors in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial continue to deliberate for a fourth day on Monday after returning from the holiday break. 

The jury of six men and six women ended their first week of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict  forcing the British socialite to spend Christmas – and her 60th birthday – behind bars. 

Maxwell, who is facing 80 years in prison if convicted, has been in custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, which she’s described as a ‘hell hole’, since her arrest in July 2020. 

Jurors began weighing her fate on Monday last week after hearing closing arguments in the three-week trial, and deliberated for two full days before going home for the holidays.  

The jury in Ghislaine Maxwell trial entered a fourth day of deliberations Monday after returning from Christmas break

The jury of six men and six women (seen in a court sketch Tuesday) went home for the holidays after the third day of deliberations 

On Wednesday the jury sent one note requesting three transcripts, but failed to come to a decision.

The jury will sit this week through Wednesday and if there no verdict by then it will have to continue its deliberations next week. The court will be closed Thursday and Friday for the New Year holiday.

Maxwell has maintained her innocence and her lawyers have bashed her accusers as having false memory and being motivated by money. 

In legal filings earlier this year, Maxwell claimed her treatment in prison is so bad it would be ‘fit for Hannibal Lecter’.   

But they are not appropriate for a ’59-year old woman who poses no threat to anyone’, Maxwell’s lawyers claimed.

A bruised Ghislaine Maxwell is seen in this photo of her alleged mistreatment in prison 

At one point, Maxwell ‘barricaded’ herself in the video conference room in prison with a cart of legal documents, prosecutors claimed and was deemed a ‘security threat’ by blocking the door and preventing guards from accessing the room.

Judge Alison Nathan told the jury to be ‘safe’ over the Christmas break due to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

She said she wanted them back ‘healthy’ on Monday when everyone attending the court in New York will have to wear N95 or KN95 masks to enter the building.

Near the end of Wednesday the jury asked for another copy of the transcript of the accuser known as Jane’s testimony.

They also asked for the testimony of Kate, another accuser, and Epstein’s former Palm Beach House manager Juan Alessi.

Given the option to deliberate on Thursday the jury said no because they had ‘made plans’, they said in a note.

Before today’s session, the jury of six men and six women had deliberated for 16 hours and 20 minutes.

Maxwell, 60, denies six counts of recruiting and transporting underage girls for her former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.

On Tuesday – the second day of deliberation – the jurors appeared to be zeroing on two accusers. 

Pictured: The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) where Ghislaine Maxwell is being held

They deliberated for the whole day Tuesday and sent four notes to the judge including one which related to Annie Farmer, the only accuser publicly identified in court.

They wanted to know if they could use her testimony for two counts of conspiracy to entice and transport an underage girl to engage in sex acts.

Judge Nathan said she would tell them that they could.

Earlier the jury asked to see notes of an FBI interview that Carolyn gave in 2007, the first time she spoke to law enforcement about being abused by Epstein.

Judge Nathan said that it had not been entered in evidence so they could not see it.

However the jury could refer to its mention in Carolyn’s cross examination by the defense. 

Defense attorney Menninger said that Epstein was a ‘master manipulator’ who ‘abused his money and his power’ but said Ghislaine had nothing to do with it 

Four of Maxwell’s siblings – Kevin, Isabel, Ian and Christine – arrived to court to support their sister Monday

At 10.10am after just over an hour of deliberating on Tuesday the jury sent its first note.

Judge Nathan said the jury were asking for the transcripts of testimony from Jane, Annie and Carolyn – but did not mention Kate.

The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell  

Count One: Conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts

Maximum sentence: Five years

Accusers: Jane, Carolyn and Annie

Count Two: Enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts

Maximum sentence: Five years

Accuser: Jane

Count Three: Conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity,

Maximum sentence:  Five years in prison

Accusers: Jane, Carolyn and Annie Farmer

Count Four: transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Maximum sentence: 10 years in prison

Accuser: Jane

Count Five: Conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.

Maximum: Five years in prison

Accusers: Carolyn and Virginia

Count Six: Sex trafficking of minors.

Maximum sentence: 40 years in prison

Accuser: Carolyn

Kate is the only accuser whose claims should not be considered crimes as charged in the indictment. 

The jury were not brought out and Judge Nathan said she would give them the transcripts in the deliberation room.

Maxwell walked into court wearing a black turtleneck sweat and black pants while holding a green folder.

She hugged her lawyers and waved at a young woman in the public gallery. 

Maxwell’s defense delivered closing arguments Monday afternoon, telling the jury that she is ‘an innocent woman wrongfully accused of crimes she did not commit.’

In her closing remarks, Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger said: ‘The government has failed to prove any charge beyond a reasonable doubt and the only correct verdict in this case is not guilty on each count.’

The defense again attempted to discredit the accounts of the four accusers, as Menninger stated, ‘The evidence has established what we told you it would, that the stories relied on by the government are erroneous memories, manipulation and money. But in this case the order is reversed. The money brought the accusers to the FBI where their personal injury lawyers sat right there.’

As for how Maxwell was portrayed, Menninger said that she had been made to look like ‘Cruella de Vil and the Devil Wears Prada all wrapped up into one’.

Such a portrait was ‘as old as Hollywood’, Menninger said.

Menninger said, ‘The lawyers manipulated their stories and the government accepted their stories without ever corroborating them.’

Menninger said that ‘suddenly’ the accusers ‘recovered memories years later.’  

She said: ‘The recovered memories that Ghislaine was involved, that Ghislaine was there, that Ghislaine was the culprit.’

Menninger said that the prosecution spent a lot of time talking about Epstein’s lifestyle, about his wealth and his property and his private planes ‘just like a sensationalist tabloid would’.

The couple appear in one photo in what appears to be a European city. Ghislaine is seen kissing Jeffrey Epstein on the cheek

Members of the prosecution team at the Ghislaine Maxwell trial walk out of the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse with boxes of papers as the jury deliberates 

Menninger said that Epstein was a ‘master manipulator’ who ‘abused his money and his power’.

She said: ‘We are not here to defend Jeffrey Epstein, he is not my client’, but she added: ‘Ghislaine Maxwell is not Jeffrey Epstein’.

Menninger claimed that when Epstein died the prosecution ‘pivoted’ to going after Maxwell.

The idea was that ‘Ghislaine was there, she must have known.’

Menninger criticized prosecutors for showing the jury dozens of photos out of 38,000 seized from Epstein’s New York home in 2019.

She said: Where are the other 31,960 photos? Who was in those photos? Was it other girlfriends? Other women?

Nor should the jury draw any inference from Epstein keeping photos of Maxwell. Menninger asked the jury that if an ex boyfriend or girlfriend had photos of them, would that make them a ‘sex offender’?

Menninger condemned the use of such images as ‘straight up sensationalism.’

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