Rarely has a hearing been expected with greater excitement: next Tuesday Ghislaine Maxwell switched to the courtroom via video stream from her cell in a New York prison. The former confidant of the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been charged with six charges, including seduction of minors into illegal sex acts and perjury. Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison.
At the appointment, a decision should also be made about a possible release on bail. The 58-year-old offers five million dollars – also thanks to influential friends she still owns. Six business partners of Maxwell are to vouch for the sum. In addition, an estate in Great Britain $ 3.75 million worth of security.
Friends defend Ghislaine Maxwell
Familiar Maxwells have now with the British newspaper "Daily Mail"Spoken and said she was" not Cruella De Vil "." She likes to be portrayed as this villain from the cartoon, but that's a completely wrong picture, "said a friend of Maxwell's to the paper. Cruella de Vil is the villain in the Disney story "101 Dalmatians" who steals puppies to make a fur coat from their fur.
Ghislaine Maxwell is accused of being the entrepreneur Jeffrey Epstein and brought in underage girls to many of his friends, who then sexually abused the men. There are also allegations of rape against Maxwell himself.
However, the allies of the 58-year-old now claim in the "Daily Mail" that Ghislaine Maxwell had not met Jeffrey Epstein personally in 15 years. And it was not she who Prince Andrew introduced to the US entrepreneur.
Ghislaine Maxwell could act as a crown witness
The Queen's son claimed in his BBC interview the opposite last November. When asked how he met Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew replied: "I met him in 1999 through his girlfriend at the time. I knew her because she went to university in the UK." Ghislaine Maxwell is the daughter of the former British media mogul Robert Maxwell, she studied in Oxford and had excellent contacts in the highest circles, in Great Britain and in the USA. She should know more than anyone else involved in the Epstein case.
That's why Maxwell is not only a defendant, but also a potential key witness. If she has incriminating material, a deal could mitigate her own punishment. The actual process will probably not start until next year. Still, many may tremble when Maxwell speaks for the first time on Tuesday – and not just her anonymous friends.