The long-awaited high-profile sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell is due to begin in a federal court in Manhattan on Nov. 29.
Maxwell, 59, stands accused of recruiting and grooming girls, some of whom were as young as 14 years old, from 1994 to 2004 for the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in jail while he was awaiting his own sex-trafficking trial on August 2019.
Maxwell has also been accused of participating in Epstein’s sexual abuse of teenage girls.
The indictment cites four accusers, but more are expected to testify.
Maxwell faces six charges: conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, sex trafficking conspiracy, and sex trafficking of a minor.
Maxwell also faces charges for lying under oath. According to federal prosecutors, she gave false information under oath when Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre sued her in an attempt to hide her participating in Epstein’s acts.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to all charges against her.
If convicted, Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison.
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