by Mallika Sen | The Associated Press
NEW YORK – Ghislaine has turned out to be a case for Maxwell and against her, and as soon as Monday his fate will be entirely in the hands of the jury.
The socialite, Maxwell, has denied allegations by four women who he says helped wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse them when they were teenagers. Her lawyers say she has been unfairly targeted by prosecutors with the intention of holding anyone — anyone — accountable after Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial on related sex-abuse charges.
The evidence phase of the trial ended within three weeks. With only a few days left for the verdict to come, it is time to take stock of the developments.
Who are the allegations of Ghislaine Maxwell?
The prosecution, run by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, hinges on charges from four women who they say were teenagers when Maxwell and Epstein sexually abused them in the 1990s and early 2000s. Three testified under the pseudonyms Jane, Kate and Caroline. One, Annie Farmer, decided to tell her story publicly.
WHAT WAS GHISLAINE MAXWELL BEFORE THE ARREST?
Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 – nearly a year after Epstein killed himself in prison while awaiting trial. After Epstein’s death, she withdrew from public activities such as running an ocean charity. His whereabouts became the subject of public speculation. Was she eating burgers and reading a book on CIA operatives in Southern California? Was she living in the UK or Paris or maybe even Massachusetts? Prosecutors say she hid in New Hampshire—where she was eventually arrested—in a million-dollar home where she wrapped her cellphone in foil.
So has Ghislaine Maxwell been in prison all this time?
Yes, despite multiple requests for bail, Maxwell has spent more than a year locked up in a federal lockup in Brooklyn. Maxwell has triple citizenship with the US, UK and France, the last of which does not extradite its citizens. His lawyers and family have criticized the prison terms, which they say are punitive and inaccessible to Maxwell’s ability to defend himself.
How do you pronounce ‘Ghislain’ correctly?
Think French. Hard “G,” silent “S.” First syllable: “Ghee,” like clarified butter, and quick. Second syllable, like a country alley and slightly emphasized.
Is the GHISLAINE MAXWELL trial broadcast on television or streaming?
No, it’s in federal court, which doesn’t allow cameras. So all the pictures from the courtroom are sketched.
When did the testimony begin?
How long did it take for prosecutors to make their case?
The prosecution’s case lasted two weeks, spanning 10 days of testimony.
How long did it take for the defense to make its case?
Oh! That is the matter?
Yes, the list of witnesses from both the sides was drastically curtailed. The entire trial was originally estimated to last six weeks!
When will Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial end?
It’s hard to give an exact estimate, but closing arguments are set for Monday and the jury can get to the end of that day as soon as possible. We can see the verdict at the beginning of Christmas, which also happens to be Maxwell’s 60th birthday.
Why did Ghislaine Maxwell not testify?
When given the opportunity, he told the judge – without defiance – that he had no need to testify, as the prosecution had failed to adequately prove his case. But regardless, it’s rare for a high-profile defendant to put himself on the stand, as it opens them up to a lot more scrutiny.
What exactly was GHISLAINE MAXWELL’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein?
They were romantically involved, but at some point—the timeline isn’t clear—she says she transitioned to her home run as an employee. Prosecutors have accused her of acting as Epstein’s madame, buying her to sexually gratify underage girls.
Where was Jeffrey Epstein’s house?
All Locations: Palm Beach, Florida; new Mexico; Manhattan; US Virgin Islands; Paris.
What did Jeffrey Epstein do for a living?
He left his teaching career at Manhattan Prep School to work at Bear Stearns, an investment bank, and then started his own money-management business. He did not disclose his assets and income even after his arrest in July 2019, but he seems to have made a fortune managing investments for others.
How is Prince Andrew involved in all this?
He is not. Not at all, at least. A woman is suing the British royal, saying he sexually assaulted her when she was 17. She says that Maxwell facilitated her meetings with Andrew, who has denied the account. But the woman’s allegations have been dropped from this trial. That trial won’t go to trial until at least the end of 2022. Andrew is named in the trial, however: a pilot of Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the “Lolita Express” by the news media, testified that he called Andrew and an accuser confirmed that he told the FBI that She also went with the prince.
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell’s husband?
too vague! She was living with him in New Hampshire when he was arrested, but court documents did not make her name public. He supported her bail efforts, but was not seen at trial.
Does GHISLAINE MAXWELL have any notable supporters?
Her family – descendants of the late publishing magnate, Robert Maxwell – are sticking with her. Two of her siblings, Kevin and Isabel, have attended each day of the proceedings. Maxwell strongly claims that the American justice system is betraying his youngest sister. Ghislaine in particular is the child of the family and is said to have been a favorite of her father, who died after falling from a yacht named after her.
Who is the judge of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial?
US District Judge Alison J. Nathan, who was recently nominated by President Joe Biden to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. That promotion is not expected to interfere with proceedings in the Maxwell case, but the trial was in recess for the first three days of its third week, so she could answer questions from a US Senate panel considering her promotion. was alleged.
How is GHISLAINE MAXwell spending her time in prison?
According to a website set up by his family, Maxwell is working through a pile of books. His reading list runs the gamut of criminal-justice-related books, from the award-winning “Just Mercy” by Brian Stevenson to “Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice” by Sidney Powell, a conspiracy theorist. and former lawyer for President Donald. Trump. She’s also making her way through Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” fantasy series and the popular book club fiction pick “Eleanor Olephant is totally fine” by Gail Heinemann.
If convicted, how long would she be looking at in prison?
Potentially many years.
Let’s rewind: what exactly is GHISLAINE MAXWELL charged with?
This ongoing trial revolves around six charges:
1. Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
2. Enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts
3. Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
4. Transport of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
5. Sex Trafficking Conspiracy
6. Sex Trafficking of a Minor
An indictment in March also charged Maxwell with two counts of perjury, but the judge accepted the defense’s request to switch to a separate trial.
So is there more to come?
Yes. Despite the results of this test, much remains to be done.