The jury postponed its decision: Ghislaine Maxwell will spend Christmas and her 60th birthday in the hollow of hell.

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source: nytimes.com

The jury postponed its decision: Ghislaine Maxwell will spend Christmas and her 60th birthday in the hollow of hell.

The British socialite, accused of recruiting minors to be abused by Jeffrey Epstein, has complained about the 11 square meter cell where she awaits sentence.

Ghislaine Maxwell will spend Christmas and her 60th birthday in prison without a resolution in her sex trafficking trial because the jury concluded a short first week of deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict.

The British socialite is accused of recruiting and grooming teenagers to be sexually abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein over a 10-year period that lasted from 1994 to 2004.

The jury will return to duty on Monday, after the Christmas festivities, after rejecting an offer to work on Thursday.

Thus, Maxwell will continue to await her fate behind bars in the Metropolitan Detention Center, in an 11 square meter cell, which she has described as a "hole from hell" and where she has been held since her arrest in July. 2020. In legal documents filed months ago, the defendant's attorneys claimed that she is mistreated that it would be "appropriate for Hannibal Lecter," notorious movie killer.

This Wednesday, after ending her day at 4:30 p.m., District Judge Alison J. Nathan warned jurors to protect themselves against the coronavirus for the next four days due to the drastic increase in infections in New York City. In addition, Nathan said the Manhattan federal court in which the case is taking place would be under stricter health protocols upon his return. Jurors will be required to wear medical-grade masks, which will be issued.

" I need everyone here to be healthy on Monday, " he declared. More than 89,000 people in New York City have tested positive for the virus in the seven days ending Tuesday.

Near the end of the session, the jurors requested access to the testimonies of one of the accusers, Kate, and the former employee of Epstein's house, Juan Patricio Alessi.

Alessi testified that when she worked at Epstein's Florida mansion between 1990 and 2002, she saw "many, many" female visitors who appeared in their 20s and often relaxed topless in the pool. He also testified that two of the accusers, who were minors at the time, repeatedly visited Epstein's residence.

Maxwell, 59 (will turn 60 on Saturday), was arrested in July 2020 and has remained behind bars without bail ever since. Prosecutors say he groomed girls as young as 14 to think it was acceptable and normal for them to participate in sexualized massages with Epstein, her former boyfriend, and eventually close friend and employer, sometimes in exchange for $ 100 bills.

For two weeks, prosecutors tried to prove that Maxwell was Epstein's leading facilitator through two dozen witnesses and evidence. Prosecutors say he sometimes joined the abuse after recruiting the girls promised that Epstein's wealth and powerful connections could finance and enable his dreams. Instead, according to the government, the girls often came from families with financial problems living in desperate or tense circumstances.

Defense attorneys maintain that Maxwell is being prosecuted as a scapegoat after the sex trafficking charges brought against Epstein were dissolved with his suicide in 2019 in a Manhattan federal jail while awaiting trial.