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Still no plea deal for Ghislaine Maxwell, who heads to trial next week

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday mentioned they’re nonetheless not providing Ghislaine Maxwell a plea deal, paving the way in which for her long-anticipated sex-trafficking trial to start next week.

At Maxwell’s remaining pretrial listening to within the Manhattan courtroom the place she’ll face a jury Monday, Judge Alison Nathan requested prosecutors and her protection attorneys if a plea deal had been provided.

“None were communicated,” Assistant US Attorney Maurene Comey responded.

Maxwell was within the courtroom Tuesday, exchanging greetings along with her staff of attorneys and sometimes sipping from a disposable espresso cup as her authorized staff hashed out trial logistics with the group of 4 prosecutors.

Among the problems raised was that Maxwell’s attorneys have subpoenaed a lawyer who represents a sufferer within the case, recognized within the indictment in opposition to Maxwell as “Minor Victim-4.”

Nathan ordered Maxwell’s attorneys to submit briefs concerning the potential witness — and mentioned she wouldn’t enable the testimony till she has reviewed the briefing.

According to the indictment, Maxwell met the sufferer when she was 14 years outdated at Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion someday round 2001.

Donald Trump; Melania Knauss, Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein are photographed with Donald Trump and his then-girlfriend, Melania Knauss.
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She then “groomed” the teenager by discussing sexual matters in entrance of her and being current when the teenager was bare within the therapeutic massage room of Epstein’s home, prosecutors charged.

Maxwell additionally despatched the teenager lingerie and helped prepare appointments for her to give Epstein sexualized massages, in accordance to the indictment.

Her attorneys didn’t talk about why they need the sufferer’s lawyer to testify on the trial.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Maxwell is charged with six counts for allegedly procuring underage ladies for Jeffrey Epstein.
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The trial is predicted to kick off with opening statements on Monday after greater than a 12 months of preparation.

Maxwell is charged with six counts for allegedly procuring underage ladies for Epstein to abuse from 1994 by 2004.

She’s pleaded not responsible and has remained in a Brooklyn federal lockup since her arrest in 2020.

Epstein killed himself in a Lower Manhattan jail cell in 2019 after being arrested on sex-trafficking expenses.

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