Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads not Guilty to Sex Trafficking and Abuse Charges
Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not responsible Tuesday to fees she helped visitors younger ladies for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse — as her trial date was set for subsequent yr.
Maxwell appeared by way of video convention for her arraignment on a six-count indictment charging her with recruiting and grooming younger ladies to be molested by Epstein. Prosecutors mentioned she took half in a few of the abuse herself.
“Not responsible, your honor,” Maxwell replied in a raspy voice.
The 58-year-old British socialite was arrested July 2 at a sprawling New Hampshire mansion the place she’d been hiding.
Authorities urged Nathan to remand Maxwell, calling her an “extreme” flight risk with the means to flee — including more than $20 million in the bank and three passports.
But defense lawyers pushed for bail, claiming Maxwell was hiding from the “intrusive” media — and not authorities — when she dropped out of the public eye after Epstein’s arrest last July.
Nathan will make a ruling on Maxwell’s bail later in the proceeding.
Epstein, Maxwell’s former lover and a convicted pedophile, committed suicide while locked up at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on sex-trafficking charges.
She was being held pending her arraignment at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center.