Epstein case: Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty

(New York) Former collaborator and lover of financier Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, pleaded Tuesday not guilty of trafficking in minors and incitement to prostitution during a federal court hearing in Manhattan.

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A jet-set personality, Ghislaine Maxwell is accused of having recruited young girls, some of them minors, for Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in August 2019.

Tuesday's hearing should also be an opportunity for the daughter of former British media mogul Robert Maxwell to apply for bail.

It offered guarantees of up to five million dollars for this.

Manhattan Federal Prosecutor Audrey Strauss opposed the request, saying that the accused posed an “extreme” risk of absconding.

Fortunate, holding several passports, she also has, according to the accusation, a network of foreign knowledge which would allow her to easily leave the United States.

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on July 2 after several months on the run.

She has since been charged with trafficking minors, inciting prostitution, over a period ranging from 1994 to 1997, as well as having lied under oath.

She would have recruited several teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein in several cities around the world to have sex with the financier.

Arrested in July 2019, he hanged himself in his cell in early August.

If she was found guilty of all the charges against her, this 58 year old woman would risk life imprisonment.

Several alleged victims of the financier claimed to have been forced to have sex with several other men, mainly celebrities or influential people.

Prince Andrew, whom Ghislaine Maxwell put in contact with Jeffrey Epstein, was notably accused by one of them. The Duke of York has always denied these allegations, but has so far failed to cooperate with the US authorities.