Ghislaine Maxwell's sex crimes trial in New York delayed until fall

BREAKING NEWS: Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex crimes trial in New York is delayed until fall after two new charges were added to her case

  • Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial on charges she procured teenage girls for the billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse is delayed until the fall of 2021
  • Maxwell’s trial was scheduled for July 12, but US District Judge Alison Nathan delayed it because new charges were added last month 
  • Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges over her alleged role in procuring four teenage girls for Epstein 
  • The charges related to abuse that occurred between 1994 and 2004 
  • Last week, Judge Nathan rejected Maxwell’s fourth bail application and she is likely to remain in jail until her trial

Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial on charges she recruited teenage girls for the billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse has been delayed until the fall of 2021. 

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan said a postponement of the trial, which had been scheduled for July 12, was appropriate because federal prosecutors added new charges to the case in March, and COVID-19 protocols made trial preparation harder.

Nathan ordered prosecutors and Maxwell’s lawyers to propose a specific trial date by May 10. 

Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial on charges she procured teenage girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse until the fall of 2021.Maxwell lost her latest bail hearing in New York last week and is now likely to remain in prison until her trial. Pictured: Maxwell with Epstein in 2005

A day after her bail was rejected, Maxwell’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, shared a close-up snap of her in prison. Her left eye has a bruise underneath, while Maxwell’s usual short dark cropped hairstyle has grown out, and is flecked with gray hairs. Following the release of the photo, a judge ordered the US government to explain why guards repeatedly flash light into Maxwell’s cell overnight, an action her lawyers say may have led to the bruising

Maxwell lost her latest bail hearing in New York last week and is now likely to remain in prison until her trial. 

The court considers Maxwell, who has US, British and French passports, a flight risk. This is the fourth time since her arrest that she has been denied bail. 

Maxwell’s claims that she is being mistreated in custody were not enough to persuade a panel of three appeals court judges in New York to overturn the decision to deny her bail.

Maxwell’s lawyer said guards in her Brooklyn jail were keeping her awake at night to ensure she wouldn’t commit suicide like financier and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

But in a brief order, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said that to the extent Maxwell is being deprived of sleep, she should seek relief from U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, who oversees her criminal case.

David Markus, Maxwell’s attorney, said he was ‘heartbroken’ by the ruling and the team are now ‘considering our options for next step.’

A day after her bail was rejected, Maxwell’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, shared a close-up snap of her in prison.

Her left eye has a bruise underneath, while Maxwell’s usual short dark cropped hairstyle has grown out, and is flecked with gray hairs.  

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

The British socialite’s lawyers included the photo in a court filing Thursday as part of their ongoing concerns about Maxwell’s treatment at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. 

Following the release of the photo, a judge ordered the US government to explain why guards repeatedly flash light into Maxwell’s cell overnight, an action her lawyers say may have led to the bruising.

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.

She had been appealing Nathan’s March 22 rejection of a $28.5 million bail package which the judge, who has denied bail three times, said did not keep Maxwell from being a ‘significant risk of flight.’  

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