The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell has been rescheduled for the fall, according to a federal Manhattan judge.
After being hit with a superseding indictment in late March, the former British socialite challenged the July 12 trial date.
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The government’s timing was dubbed “obvious political gamesmanship” by Maxwell’s attorneys, who said they needed more than three months to plan her defense. Prosecutors, on the other hand, were opposed to any delay.
Since federal prosecutors added additional allegations to the case and COVID-19 procedures made trial planning more difficult, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said a “quick” postponement of the planned July 12 trial was necessary.
In her decision, the judge wrote, “The Court holds that the interests of justice warrant granting a brief continuance.” “Such an adjournment will plainly give the defense team ample time to prepare for trial in light of the new charges found in the S2 indictment while also ensuring that the trial continues without unreasonable delay,” she wrote.
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Prosecutors unveiled a new indictment on March 29 charging Maxwell with two additional charges of sex trafficking involving a new accuser.
According to the latest allegations, between 2001 and 2004, Maxwell groomed and sex-trafficked a 14-year-old girl for former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to rape at his Palm Beach estate in Florida.
In August of 2019, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, Epstein, a financier and convicted sex offender, was discovered unresponsive in a cell at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.
The trial is expected to last four weeks, according to the government. After Judge Nathan previously ruled to separate the perjury charges against her from the sexual assault lawsuit, Maxwell, Epstein’s accused madam, would have to face a second criminal trial in Manhattan Federal Court at her lawyers’ request.
Maxwell, 59, is accused of hiring, grooming, and selling girls in the 1990s and 2004 to be sexually assaulted by Epstein, as well as lying under oath.
She is being treated at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center.
For a variety of factors, this is a high-profile situation.
According to an unsealed deposition, Bill Clinton also took several flights on Epstein’s plane on which wild in-flight orgies were allegedly held, and despite his denials, was seen frolicking with “two young ladies” on “pedo island.”
“I recall telling Jeffrey what’s Bill Clinton doing here kind of thing,” says Epstein victim Virginia Guiffre in the records. “He laughed it off and said ‘well he owes me a favor.”