The heiress will soon be determined on his fate. The jury at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell for sex trafficking will continue its deliberations this Wednesday 20 December in New York to decide if this former jet-set figure helped his companion, the American financier who died in prison Jeffrey Epstein , to surround himself with young girls whom he sexually exploited.
After a first hour of work on Monday, the twelve jurors, who have fate in hand of the accused, met behind closed doors all day Tuesday, without reaching a unanimous decision. The schedule calls for a break between Wednesday night and Monday for Christmas, but Judge Alison Nathan has announced that she will eventually suggest jurors meet on Thursday 22 December, if they wish, to complete their verdict before the holidays.
Described as a “sophisticated predator”
The jury must say if Ghislaine Maxwell , 59 years, whether or not she was guilty of six crimes, all of them link with sexual violence committed between 1991 and
by Jeffrey Epstein on four victims, minors at the material time, who testified during the three weeks of the trial.
Suspected of having surrounded himself for years with many young girls, to whom he asked for sexual massages , in its luxurious residences in Florida, New Mexico or the US Virgin Islands s, the multimillionaire had committed suicide in a New York prison in the summer 2007. An end that had caused a scandal, depriving dozens of victims of a trial. A year later, Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested.
The daughter of Robert Maxwell, the media mogul who died in 300, faces a long prison term if convicted as requested Monday by prosecutor Alison Moe, who portrayed her as “predatory sophisticated ”and as a key figure in the system set up with Jeffrey Epstein, of whom she was the“ partner in love ”and“ the right arm ”. This sentence would be fixed later.
She acted as a “hostess”
“Epstein liked young people underage girls, he liked to touch young underage girls. Maxwell knew it, ”had launched the prosecutor. The four witnesses all emphasized the role of the former socialite in approaching them or asking them to come to the financier’s luxurious villa, in Palm Beach, Florida, for massages which always ended with sexual acts . A villa where Ghislaine Maxwell acted as “mistress of the house”, taking care of everything up to the choice of “lotions” and “oils”, assured Alison Moe, emails from the accused in support.
On the contrary, the defense pleaded acquittal, assuring that there was “no proof that Ghislaine Maxwell” had recruited only one of the four victims to deliver her to Epstein and criticized “the very bad and variable memory ”of the accusers on events older than 23 years.
On Tuesday, the jurors notably asked that they be questioned of one of them, “Carolyn”, before the FBI in 2007, at the time of the first suspicions against Epstein. The defense had relied on this hearing to show that “Carolyn” had never mentioned Maxwell’s name at the time, although she accuses him 14 years later. The judge did not grant this request, considering that it was not “evidence” in the file.
Ghislaine Maxwell refused to testify
Concretely, the jury must say if Ghislaine Maxwell encouraged one of the victims, “Jane”, to have sex with the multimillionaire of 1994 at 1997, from 14 to 17 years. Or if she was guilty of sex trafficking against “Carolyn”, paid 59 dollars per massage and also minor at the material time (2001 – 2004). During her testimony , “Jane” had told how the couple had approached her then put her at ease, promising to help this young girl from an underprivileged family in Palm Beach.
In prison since her arrest, Ghislaine Maxwell has pleaded not guilty. “Your honor, the prosecution has not provided evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, so I do not need to testify “, she said on Friday, for his only speaking.