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Judge Postpones Sex Trafficking Trial Of Ghislaine Maxwell In Light Of New Charges

Maxwell faces sex trafficking charges for allegedly recruiting and grooming a 14-year-old girl to engage in sex acts with Epstein.

Federal prosecutors filed the charges in March, alleging that Maxwell and Epstein recruited the underage girl to perform massages turned sexual at Epstein’s Palm Beach residence. In return, they paid him hundreds of dollars in cash for each encounter, prosecutors alleged.
Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking charges.

The trial was due to start in July. That changed on Monday when U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan postponed it until the fall.

“Such an adjournment would clearly give the defense team sufficient time to prepare for the trial in light of the additional charges contained in indictment S2 while ensuring that the trial proceeds without undue delay,” said Nathan said.

Nathan ordered the two sides to meet and discuss a new trial date by May 10.

Maxwell has been jailed without bail since July because Nathan determined that her wealth made her at risk of absconding. She is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in New York.
Last July, Maxwell was charged by New York federal prosecutors with conspiring and inducing minors to travel to engage in unlawful sex acts, and transporting minors to engage in criminal sexual activity for allegedly cared for and recruited underage girls from 1994 to 1997.
Federal prosecutors have accused Epstein of running a sex trafficking operation between 2002 and 2005 at his home in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida. He pleaded not guilty and died in prison in August 2019 pending trial.
A medical examiner ruled that Epstein died from suicide by hanging, but a doctor hired by Epstein’s family to perform an independent autopsy disputed that finding.

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