‘I never thought this day would come.’ Ghislaine Maxwell ‘victim’ Sarah Ransome arrives at NYC courthouse as Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ goes on trial for sex trafficking TODAY in much-anticipated case
ギレーヌマクスウェル‘s highly-anticipated sex trafficking trial is set to begin on Monday in New York where she is facing 80 years in prison if she’s found guilty.
マクスウェル, 59, is charged with recruiting and grooming four underage girls for billionaire pedophile and one-time boyfriend ジェフリーエプスタイン から 1994 に 2004. Epstein died by suicide in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell before he could be tried on sex abuse charges.
Sarah Ransome, one of several women who have accused Epstein and Maxwell of abuse, was seen arriving at the courthouse Monday morning. Ransome, who was born in South Africa to wealthy British parents, claimed she tried to escape Epstein’s ‘pedophile island’ through shark-invested waters after being raped three times in one day, however she will not be testifying.
As she arrived, 彼女は記者団に語った: ‘I never thought this day would come.’
Maxwell has been awaiting trial in a ‘hell-hole’ Brooklyn prison since her arrest last July. The trial will stretch to mid-January with opening statements beginning on Monday.
Lawyers for the British socialite are expected to focus on undermining her accusers and distancing her from Epstein, according to legal experts and court filings.
Sarah Ransome, one of several women who have accused Epstein and Ghislaine of sexual abuse, was seen arriving to the courthouse
イザベルマクスウェル, the sister of Ghislaine Maxwell, arrives at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse on Monday
Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial begins today in New York where the 59-year-old socialite faces 80 有罪判決を受けた場合は懲役年
マクスウェル, 59, who is accused of procuring underage girls for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is set to stand trial on sex trafficking charges on November 29. 彼女はすべての容疑で無罪を主張しました
Media and members of the public line up outside the Manhattan Federal Courthouse ahead of the start of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial
Lines formed outside the New York courthouse today two hours before the start of Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial.
Maxwell’s sister Isabel Maxwell was also seen arriving at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse on Monday.
Ian Maxwell has claimed his sister is being unfairly demonized because of her association with Epstein, who killed himself in 2019 before he could be brought to justice on child sex charges.
Maxwell’s legal team has repeatedly made claims about her alleged mistreatment behind bars. She is shown in prison earlier this year with ‘a black eye’
He said his sibling was ‘paying a heavy price, a blood price’, for the crimes of her former lover – for whom Ghislaine now stands accused of procuring underage girls.
Ian Maxwell also said his sister was being railroaded by a criminal justice system intent on holding someone responsible for Epstein’s crimes.
‘This is ‘the most over-hyped trial of the century without a doubt,’ マクスウェルは言った.
‘This is designed to break her; I can’t see any other way to read it. … And she will not be broken because she believes completely in her innocence and she is going to give the best account she can.’
In what is being viewed as a risky strategy in the post-#MeToo era, the defense will question the credibility of four women who say she groomed them as teenagers for Epstein to abuse, arguing that their memories are faulty or that they are motivated by financial incentives to lie or exaggerate.
Whether or not her her tech CEO spouse Scott Borgerson will be there to support Maxwell is very much in question. Borgerson surfaced hundreds of miles away in Manchester-by-the-Sea last week, seen for the first time in over a year by DailyMail.com.
Questions about the true nature of their relationship remain. Prosecutors revealed the couple is married, but they managed to keep it a secret even from some close relatives.
DailyMail.com has been unable to find any marriage license, or divorce papers, filed under their names in town or in the county where they were living.
Journalists were among the first to arrive at the courthouse on Monday morning
Journalists set up their live shots outside the Manhattan Federal Courthouse where Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial is set to start today
Barriers were set up outside the courthouse where a heavy media presence is expected
Lawyers for Maxwell say they plan to call American psychologist Elizabeth Loftus to testify about ‘false memories.’
Last week a judge ruled that the administrators of Epstein’s victims’ compensation fund must provide records of claims made by women who accuse Ghislaine Maxwell of playing a role in their having been sexually abused.
US District Judge Alison Nathan rejected requests by the fund’s administrators and by federal prosecutors to quash the subpoena for the records by Maxwell’s lawyers.
Nathan will review the materials Maxwell wants to see before deciding which can be turned over.
The defense have said four accusers expected to testify against her have made claims to the fund, which paid out more than $121million to about 138 人.
The defense sought records from the fund related to payments to the women and statements they made, court records show. Prosecutors called the records irrelevant.
At a pre-trial conference last week, Nathan also deferred a ruling on whether or not to admit an address book for Maxwell that prosecutors said contained contact information for at least one alleged victim.
Maxwell’s lawyers had questioned the address book’s authenticity.
Maxwell denies all allegations against her, which cover a period between 1994 に 2004.
Maxwell’s hair, which had grown out from her signature pixie cut, looked recently washed and noticeably more lustrous than her last appearance last week. She is pictured in 2013
The six charges against Ghislaine Maxwell:
未成年者を旅行に誘い、違法な性行為に従事させる陰謀 (5 最大刑年)
未成年者を旅行して違法な性行為に従事するように誘惑する (20 年)
犯罪的な性的活動に従事することを意図して未成年者を輸送する陰謀 (20 年)
犯罪的な性的活動に従事することを意図した未成年者の輸送 (10 最低年数, 最大寿命)
告発は彼女が与えた証言に関連している 2016 エプスタインの告発者バージニア・ジュフレによって彼女に対して提起された名誉毀損事件で.
検察官は、マクスウェルが3人の女の子を手入れしたと言います 1994 そして 1997 エプスタインのために.
彼らは起訴状で名前が付けられていません, しかし、彼女はロンドンで彼らを標的にしたとされています, フロリダ, ニューヨークとニューメキシコ.
マクスウェル, それは主張されています, 彼らの人生と彼らの学校教育について彼らに尋ねることによって女の子と友達になるでしょう. 彼女は彼らを映画に連れて行って買い物に連れて行くことで彼らを安心させました, 後で彼らをエプスタインに届けるために彼らの信頼を勝ち取る, 申し立てられている.
「正規化するには’ 後で来る虐待, 検察は、彼女が女の子自身の前で服を脱ぎ、性的な質問をしたと言います.
彼女はその後、エプスタインが彼らを虐待するのを容易にしただけではありません, 検察官は言う, でも自分でその一部に参加しました.
At least four accusers are set to testify against Maxwell with three of them being granted anonymity.
But one of Epstein’s most well-known accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, will not take to the stand in Maxwell’s trial despite naming names of those who took part in the billionaire’s alleged trafficking ring, reports revealed Monday.
It is not yet clear why she is not being called to testify in Maxwell’s trial, but Giuffre’s lawyers has suggested his client was not part of the case against the socialite because she was 17 当時の, which is over the age of consent in some of the locations where her alleged abuse is said to have taken place.
Giuffre has spoken openly over the years about the alleged abuse and described Maxwell as ‘pure evil’, 言って: ‘Epstein was a sick pedophile but Maxwell was the mastermind.’
She has claimed in media interviews and various depositions that Epstein, together with Maxwell trafficked her to powerful men.
Although she won’t be appearing on the stand, Giuffre is said to be planning on holding off-the-record remote briefings for reporters throughout the trial from her home in Australia, バニティフェアによると.
ギレーヌマクスウェル, 59, 六月に 2019 彼女の6人の生きている兄弟と. イアン・マクスウェル, 彼女の兄, 右上, 今週末に共有しました. 撮影から1ヶ月, ジェフリー・エプスタインが逮捕され、ギレーヌは夫と一緒に隠れるようになりました, スコット・ボルガーソン. 兄弟, L-R, です: アン, 73, ケビン, 62, 双子のイザベルとクリスティン, 70, フィリップ, 71, とイアン, 64
It’s still an open question whether Maxwell’s husband Scott Borgerson will take the trek to New York to attend the trial in support of his wife
Maxwell’s legal team and family have argued that she is being prosecuted as a proxy for Epstein, 66, who died in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges, in what New York’s official coroner ruled a suicide.
Epstein was convicted in Florida in 2008 of paying young girls for massages, but served just 13 months in jail under a secret plea deal struck with the then-state prosecutor.
His suicide deprived dozens of his accusers their day in court and launched countless conspiracy theories, including that he was killed to protect powerful friends.
Judge Nathan has four times rejected Maxwell’s bail requests, noting the ease with which the holder of US, French and British citizenships could use wealth and global connections to flee.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre will not be testifying during Maxwell’s trial but will be giving off-the-record briefings to reporters. She has previously claimed she was forced to have sex with Andrew. The Duke of York has consistently denied all sexual allegations made against him
ジュフレ (right with Prince Andrew), has been one of Epstein’s most vocal accusers but she will not be testifying at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. She has long claimed that she was a victim of Epstein’s sex trafficking ring throughout the early 2000s when she was a teenager (Ghislaine can be seen, 右の写真)
Following the death of Epstein – a multimillion-dollar money manager who befriended countless celebrities including Britain’s Prince Andrew – prosecutors vowed to pursue co-conspirators, resulting in Maxwell’s arrest in July 2020.
She has since been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where she has repeatedly complained of unsanitary and inhumane conditions.
‘I have been assaulted and abused for almost a year and a half,’ she said in comments carried by Britain’s Mail on Sunday, adding that guards interrupt her sleep and shine bright lights in her eyes.
‘I am weak, I am frail. I have no stamina. I am tired. I don’t even have shoes which fit properly. They feed me rotten food. One apple had maggots in it. I have not been allowed to exercise,’ 彼女は言いました, also complaining of rats in her cell.
Maxwell’s alleged crimes occurred between 1994 そして 2004, and relate to four unnamed women, including two who say they were just 14 そして 15 years old when they were sexually abused.
Prosecutors say Maxwell befriended girls with shopping and movie theater trips, later coaxing them into giving Epstein nude massages at his various residences during which he would engage in sex acts before giving them money.
US government attorneys say she sometimes participated in the alleged abuse, at her London home and at Epstein’s properties in Manhattan, Palm Beach and New Mexico.
French-born Maxwell has also been charged with two counts of perjury, which are due to be tried after her sex crimes trial.
The perjury counts relate to testimony she gave in 2016 in a defamation case filed against her by long-time Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.