Ghislaine Maxwell faces two new charges in sex crimes case

Sex trafficking charges added to indictment against Ghislaine Maxwell

An amended indictment against Maxwell now covers alleged crimes stretching from 1994 to 2004 in NY and Florida, including accusations that she paid the girl, known as Minor Victim-4, hundreds of dollars for each sexual act with Epstein.

Ghislaine Maxwell, driven by Britain's Prince Andrew, leaving the wedding of a former girlfriend of the prince, Aurelia Cecil near Salisbury, England.

Federal prosecutors in NY filed new charges of sex trafficking a minor and sex trafficking conspiracy Monday against Ghislaine Maxwell, the former associate of Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell, 59, has remained in a federal jail without bail after a judge three times rejected bail packages, the last of which included offers to renounce her citizenships in the United Kingdom and France, to be kept in place by armed guards and to post US$28.5 million in assets.

If convicted on the first six charges, which she denies, she would face up to 35 years in prison. Maxwell has also appealed the bail rejections.

Maxwell has said the government targeted her only because Epstein killed himself and prosecutors wanted someone else to blame, and that she was covered by Epstein's own non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in Florida.

It took allegations beyond the earlier charges, which had alleged that Maxwell recruited three girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 1997 and sometimes joined in the abuse.

Lawyers for Maxwell did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

She then "groomed Minor Victim-4 to engage in sexual acts with Epstein through multiple means", according to the court documents.

Maxwell "sought to normalize inappropriate and abusive conduct by, among other things, discussing sexual topics in front of [the victim] and being present when [the victim] was nude in the massage room of the Palm Beach residence" of Epstein, the indictment says.

The girl ultimately brought "multiple females" including girls under the age of 18, the filing says.

Earlier this year, Maxwell's lawyers challenged the charges against her, saying they were obtained unjustly and didn't properly allege crimes.

Federal prosecutors unveiled the new charges on Monday.

In a letter to a judge Monday, prosecutors acknowledged that the rewritten indictment may require defense lawyers to supplement their arguments to dismiss charges. Her trial is due to start in July but is likely to be delayed because of the pandemic and the new indictment.

The charges, contained in a rewritten indictment returned by a grand jury in Manhattan federal court, alleged that a conspiracy between Maxwell and financier Jeffrey Epstein occurred between 1994 and 2004.

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