Jeffrey Epstein's Girlfriend Denies Charges Of Sex Trafficking In US.

Jeffrey Epstein's Girlfriend Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Of Sex Trafficking In US

Ghislaine Maxwell could serve 35 years in prison if found guilty (File)

New York:

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty in a New York court Tuesday to sex trafficking minors for her former partner, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The 58-year-old denied six charges related to alleged crimes committed by Epstein, a well-connected sex offender who killed himself in prison while awaiting trial last summer.

Maxwell appeared in a Manhattan federal court via video link from Brooklyn's high-security Metropolitan Detention Center, where she is being held following her arrest this month.

Prosecutors accuse Maxwell, daughter of the late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell, of helping Epstein "recruit, groom and ultimately abuse" multiple underage girls.

The alleged crimes occurred between 1994 and 1997, and relate to three women -- one of whom was just 14 years old when she was sexually abused, according to the indictment.

Maxwell allegedly befriended the girls with shopping and cinema trips, and later coaxed them into giving Epstein nude massages during which he would engage in sex acts.

Prosecutors say Maxwell sometimes participated in the alleged abuse -- which occurred at her London home and at Epstein properties in Manhattan, Palm Beach and New Mexico.

They allege she "persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced" minor victims to travel across US state lines and abroad for the purpose of the illegal sex acts.

Maxwell has been charged with four counts relating to the trafficking, including transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

She also faces two counts of perjury for allegedly lying about the claims during a 2016 civil lawsuit.

Maxwell could serve up to 35 years in prison if found guilty.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Comments

Related news

Scientists Say They've Decoded The Likely Order Of COVID-19 Symptoms.

Scientists have found the likely order in which COVID-19 symptoms first appear, an advance that may help clinicians rule out other diseases, and help patients seek care promptly or decide sooner to...

Iran calls deal between Israel, U.A.E. ‘a stab in the back’ to Muslims worldwide

Iran, in the ministry statement, called the normalizing of ties between the two countries a dangerous, “shameful” measure.

Irish Women Saved Clinging To Lobster Pot After 15 Hours At Sea.

Two cousins who were blown out to sea paddle boarding off Ireland's west coast were found clinging to a buoy on a lobster pot after a 15-hour ordeal, media reports said.

Number of COVID-19 cases confirmed worldwide exceeds 20.

The overall death toll is 755,612 people, while 12,995,523 coronavirus patients have already recovered.

Crews scramble as massive California wildfire burns homes, new fires start.

Several new fires erupted Thursday, including one near a Los Angeles suburb that has already burned over 3,000 acres.

By continuing to browse World News (UAZMI), you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and agree to the use of cookies