Ghislaine Maxwell 今天开庭, 她被指控伙同她的前男友Jeffery Epstein引诱众多未成年少女进行猥亵、强奸和伤害

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2020年7月14日, 在纽约曼哈顿珍珠街500号纽约联邦高等法庭(500 Pearl Street , New York) , 审理大案:  Ghislaine Maxwell 今天开庭, 罪责是引诱众多的未成年少女同她的男朋友Jeffery Epstein发生性关系。 

 Ghislaine Maxwell 法庭上,拒不认罪,但是法庭不批准保释。继续关押,等待下一次上庭: 2021年7月21日。 

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案件背景: 

 Ghislaine Maxwell is on trial today,for helping her boy friend Jeffery Epstein to have sex with many girls under age.

Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and ex-girlfriend of the late US convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has been denied bail in a high-profile sex case.

At a hearing via video link, a New York judge said she would remain in custody while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking minors for Epstein.

Ms Maxwell, who pleaded not guilty, will go on trial in July 2021.

Her lawyers had said she was at risk of contracting coronavirus in prison.

Epstein died in prison on 10 August 2019 as he awaited his trial on sex trafficking charges. His death was determined to be suicide.

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By Tom Winter and Rich Schapiro

An alleged victim of Ghislaine Maxwell delivered an emotional statement in court Tuesday, calling Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime associate a “sexual predator” who has never shown remorse for devastating the lives of young girls.

Annie Farmer spoke in a steady voice via an audio feed piped into the courtroom at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan before the judge ordered Maxwell to remain behind bars until her trial.

 

“I met Ghislaine Maxwell when I was 16 years old,” Farmer said. “She is a sexual predator who groomed and abused me and countless other children and young women. She has never shown any remorse for her heinous crimes or the devastating, lasting effects her actions caused.”

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Annie Farmer leaves the courthouse after a bail hearing in Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking case in New York City on July 15, 2019.Lucas Jackson / Reuters file

Farmer said the number of people victimized by Maxwell may never be known. "But those of us who survived implore this court to detain her until she’s forced to stand trial and answer for her crimes,” said Farmer, who filed a federal lawsuit in November alleging that she was sexually abused by Epstein and Maxwell at his New Mexico ranch when she was 16.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan decided to keep Maxwell in jail pending her trial on charges of helping Epstein abuse girls and young women.

"Crucially, the defendant not only has significant financial resources, but has demonstrated sophistication in hiding those resources and herself,” she said before announcing the decision.

Nathan also cited the seriousness of the alleged crimes, the strength of the government’s case and the length of the possible prison sentence -- 35 years -- if Maxwell were to be convicted. A trial date has been set for July 12, 2021.

Jennifer Araoz, who has said she was raped by Epstein at the age of 15, cheered the judge's decision to deny Maxwell bail.

"Knowing that she is incarcerated for the foreseeable future allows me, and my fellow survivors, to have faith that we are on the right path," Araoz said in a statement. I would like to thank both the prosecutors and the judge for taking us one step closer to seeing that justice is served.”

Maxwell appeared via videoconference from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. She spoke sparingly at the start of the hearing.

“Not guilty, your honor,” she said when asked how she wished to plead to the charges.

Maxwell, 58, was arrested July 2 at a remote New Hampshire mansion. She had not been seen in public since Epstein, her longtime associate, was arrested on sex trafficking charges last year.

Maxwell was charged in a six-count indictment that alleges she recruited and groomed underage girls, some as young as 14, who were sexually abused by Epstein in the mid-1990s.

Her lawyers have argued that she’s the target of overzealous prosecutors and that she hasn’t had any contact with Epstein for more than a decade. They asked the judge to release her on a $5 million bond to home confinement as she awaits trial.

But prosecutors have described her as an extreme flight risk, saying she has access to millions of dollars, extensive international contacts and citizenship in France, which does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.

Prosecutors have said Maxwell has proven to be skilled at living in hiding, pointing to her purchase of a $1 million New Hampshire estate through a limited liability corporation that shielded the buyer’s identity. She tried to hide when the FBI came to arrest her and had in her home a cellphone wrapped in tin foil in what prosecutors described as a “misguided effort to evade detection,” government court filings say.

In court Tuesday, her lawyer, Mark Cohen, pushed back against the government's claims that she poses a flight risk and argued that she should be released on bail.

He said she was hiding from the media, not the government, and moved into a different room in the house when the FBI showed up because of all the commotion.

"Our client is not Epstein, is not the monster portrayed by the media and now the government," he said.

Cohen noted that she's part of a large family and has remained in the country after charges were filed.

"They're trying to spin the facts to make my client look sinister, your honor," he said.

Prosecutor Alison Moe told the judge that Maxwell pretended she was someone else when purchasing the New Hampshire property where she was arrested.

Citing an FBI agent who interviewed the real estate broker, Moe said Maxwell posed as a woman named Jen Marshall and described herself as a journalist who was seeking privacy. She was accompanied by a man who said his name was Scott Marshal and described himself as a former British military member who was writing a book.

It was only after Maxwell's arrest that the real estate agent realized Jen Marshall was Epstein's longtime associate, Moe said.

"The defendant has used an alias to hide herself and her identity," Moe said. "That raises real concerns."

Epstein died by suicide in jail last summer while awaiting trial. Following his death, federal prosecutors vowed to continue the investigation and prosecute his enablers.

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