The ex-girlfriend of the late US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, has rejected the allegations made against them. At a court hearing in New York via video conference, the 58-year-old pleaded not guilty. The Manhattan prosecutor accuses Maxwell of having recruited underage girls for Epstein, who were then sexually abused by the investment banker.
The daughter of the late British media mogul Robert Maxwell is said to have partly been involved in the abuse himself. The youngest victim was loud Public prosecutor 14 years old. A total of six charges were brought against Maxwell, including perjury in two cases. If convicted, the businesswoman could face up to 35 years in prison.
Ghislaine Maxwell arrested in July
The longstanding Epstein-The confidante was arrested in New Hampshire in early July. She is currently in custody in New York. Her lawyers have offered $ 5 million bail to release Maxwell for the time being. The public prosecutor rejects this and justifies this with a great risk of escape.
Maxwell's arrest was a spectacular development in the Epstein case. The multimillionaire is said to have sexually abused underage girls and young women for years and instigated prostitution.
The highly networked investment banker was arrested in July 2019 and dead in his prison cell in August Manhattan found. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the 66-year-old committed suicide. Epstein had already been sentenced to 13 months in prison for sexual abuse of minors in 2008 and has been a sex criminal ever since.
The case continues to make headlines even after Epstein's death. The focus of the investigators is, among others, the British Prince Andrew. The Royal, who was once friends with Maxwell and Epstein, is accused of having sex with a then 17-year-old in 2001. Prince Andrew denies the allegations.