What are the charges against Ghislaine Maxwell? Trial of Epstein accomplice to begin Nov 29
The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffery Epstein's girlfriend, is scheduled to begin on November 29, 2021
As the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell begins on November 29, 2021, some questions may finally be answered about the sex scandal involving late Jeffery Epstein. Maxwell was arrested on July 2, 2020, and is one of the few remaining links investigators have to Epstein after he suspiciously died in jail. The trial is likely to finally tell us how far and wide Epstein's sex trafficking ring goes. It will also hopefully bring justice to the victims.
Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite, and Epstein’s former girlfriend, is accused of having been part of a sex trafficking racket run by convicted pedophile Jeffery Epstein. She was arrested in July 2020 while she was hiding in New Hampshire. Maxwell, who was in a relationship with Epstein during the 90s, is accused of helping the billionaire sexually exploit girls.
What are the charges against Maxwell?
In March 2021, two new US federal charges were filed against Maxwell -- of being part of a sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor. Before these two charges were added to the indictment, Maxwell was already facing six more -- conspiracy to entice minors, and enticement of a minor, to travel to engage in illegal sex acts; conspiracy to transport minors, and transportation of a minor, with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two of perjury. So far, she has denied all of these charges.
Prosecutors have maintained that Maxwell helped Epstein groom and recruit girls who were as young as 14 years of age. The indictment also says that Maxwell “assisted, facilitated and contributed” to Epstein’s abuse of minor girls. It says that she helped him recruit, groom and abuse the victims, who “were known to Maxwell” and were under the age of 18.
Since Epstein's arrest in 2006, the scandal has only grown larger and wider and continues to do so months after he died by suicide in August 2019. Those tied to his sex ring include Prince Andrew, who is being sued by one of Epstein's victims Virginia Giuffre. Also named are Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Woody Allen, and Trump's impeachment lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Over the years, many wild theories have been floated about Epstein, including allegations that he laundered money.
The Maxwell trial won't cover any of that though, it is solely focused on his sex ring and her role. "The question at trial will be whether the defendant took steps to provide Jeffrey Epstein with access to girls under the age of 18, knowing that Epstein intended to have sexual contact with those girls," prosecutors wrote. In 2019, Epstein died in an apparent suicide while he was in federal custody.