Ghislaine Maxwell, who got arrested last year on account of sex trafficking, conspiracy, and perjury regarding Epstein, will see a court trial as the jury selection begins on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.
With the start of jury selection, many are hopeful to finally learn about her crime partner financier Jeffrey Epstein since he killed himself while waiting for his court trials two years ago and left the victims in wonder whether they will ever seek justice.
However, the hopes revived when Maxwell got arrested for her alleged role in assisting Epstein to procure teenage girls in the years between 1994 to 2004, providing a second chance to the victims for a full accounting of Epstein’s heinous crimes.
While some await the disclosure of Epstein’s companions that previously had not been revealed, others expect the proceedings will uncover his powerful and rich associates from worldwide, including Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, and Prince Andrew.
Judge Alison Nathan, who is in charge of the case, made a clear statement that she wants “Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial to be about Maxwell’s alleged sex trafficking. Full stop.”
In previous rulings, Alison Nathan has tried her best to prevent this trial from turning into a referendum on officials’ handling of Jeffrey Epstein and Whether his partner is a scapegoat since Epstein himself escaped the worldly justice.
“Jeffrey Epstein is dead. Judge Nathan obviously is concerned about undue prejudice against Ms. Maxwell and making sure that she’s going to have a fair trial,” stated Moira Penza, partner at Wilkinson Steklof who solved the NXIVM sex cult case successfully as an assistant US attorney in Brooklyn. “This is very much her trial. This is very much not Jeffrey Epstein on trial.”
Since the facts pertinent to Maxwell are “damning on their own”, Alison Nathan is expected to be hesitant to allow anything into the court trial that is “on the cusp of being overly prejudicial”, said Penza to the Guardian.
On 2nd July 2020, Maxwell got arrested on account of the alleged conspiracy, sex crimes, and perjury linked with Epstein. The arrest took place at a luxurious estate located in Bradford, New Hampshire. Audrey Strauss, who was then working as Manhattan US attorney, said, “Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein identify, befriend and groom minor victims” and that “in some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse”.
The alleged indictment further said, she “would try to normalize sexual abuse for a minor victim by, among other things, discussing sexual topics, undressing in front of the victim, being present when a minor victim was undressed, and/or being present for sex acts involving the minor victim and Epstein”
She covered her involvement in the criminal acts with Epstein by providing wrong information “under oath.”