The "trial of the decade" against Ghislaine Maxwell begins: from the jet-set to face 80 years in prison

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The "trial of the decade" against Ghislaine Maxwell begins: from the jet-set to face 80 years in prison for sex trafficking of minors.

This Monday, the hearings begin in New York against the right hand of Jeffrey Epstein, the American pedophile tycoon who committed suicide in jail.

Gone are the sumptuous jet-set parties for the "socialite" Ghislaine Maxwell, a friend of British royalty. He had love affairs with billionaires and dazzled the old elites. Now, the daughter of the former British press mogul Robert Maxwell is waiting in a Brooklyn jail - in the company of rats and eating rotten food, as he recently complained - the so-called "trial of the decade" that begins this Monday to answer the allegations of child sex trafficking with the late Jeffrey Epstein.

If convicted, Epstein could face up to 80 years in prison if convicted of sexually assaulting young girls.

It is a serious setback for the 59-year-old woman who rubbed her shoulders with the elite, who was arrested in July 2020 in a small town in New Hampshire after the disappearance of her ex-boyfriend Epstein. And friends. Of the soul

The 66-year-old financier committed suicide while waiting for a juvenile delinquency trial in a New York jail.

Epstein's indictment describes Maxwell as his right-hand man, his confidant, and accomplice who acted as a lover and facilitator to satisfy his sexual appetite. Having sex at least three times, under "biological" necessity. One day, according to the 2,000 pages of summary issued after his death.

Prosecutors will target the four women who say Maxwell was recruited as a teenager to abuse Epstein. He will face Maxwell in court.

The plaintiffs in this case, at the time of the alleged abuse, claim that some of the helpless and minors were Epstein's "recruiters" who came from school or to their workplaces.

The prosecution accuses Maxwell of gaining the trust of these young women, some as young as 14, beginning in the mid-1990s, to propose that they give Epstein nude massages before having sex. They also accuse her of having participated in the abuse of young women in her London home and the luxurious homes Epstein owned in Manhattan, Palm Beach, and New Mexico.

According to the summary, Maxwell sometimes remained in the room when Epstein abused the minors "to reassure them with the presence of a woman."

In another newly released court document, one of the accusers will detail a "disgusting" sex act that Epstein performed on her.

Prosecutors have also said they intend to introduce up to six pages of Epstein's infamous "Black Book" of contacts as "convincing" evidence of Maxwell's guilt. They will claim that the book was Maxwell's and present a witness to testify to that effect. The crucial part of the book will be a section called "massage" since it contains the names of the parents of some girls, prosecutors have said, and this indicates how young they were.

Maxwell's name came to light in 1991 when his father, the press mogul who was also a six-year MP, drowned when he fell off his yacht named "Lady Ghislaine" by his adored daughter.

With his death, rumors of shady financial operations emerged in the Mirror Group Newspaper (MGN) newspapers, which tarnished the good name of the family of the Czechoslovakian-born Jewish businessman who fled the Nazis to the United Kingdom.

This did not stop her daughter from maintaining her abundant life and entering the select circuit of Manhattan's elite. His circle of friends includes Prince Andrew, former President Donald Trump, and the Clinton family. Maxwell Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter Chelsea appear in the wedding photo.

In 2011, a contributor to Vanity Fair magazine described him as "the most interesting, lively and unusual person in a room".

Maxwell was a well-known diver and pilot who founded the Terra Mar project, an ecological age to protect the oceans.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

He has always denied doing anything wrong despite the six charges that weigh on this "villain," as defined by an FBI agent. She is also charged with perjury in testimony in 2016 following a defamation complaint filed by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's alleged victims.

Possessing several passports, the authorities have repeatedly denied her bail due to the risk that she may flee the country.

Accustomed to great luxuries, she has complained about detention conditions in the Brooklyn Metropolitan Jail, where she remained in isolation for more than a year. However, her team of lawyers assures her that unsanitary conditions have weakened her.

But during the jury selection a few days ago, she appeared elegantly dressed in a black sweater and gray pants and with her shiny dark hair despite complaining that she was losing it in jail.

It is rare for defendants like Maxwell to agree to speak at the trial, but it is not out of the question.

Called by the US media "the trial of the decade," up to 80 journalists are expected to try to enter room 318 of the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Since there are only a handful of press seats in the court itself, reporters, authors, and documentary and filmmakers have been advised to queue well before 6 a.m. to ensure they enter the court." overwhelmed" that broadcast the proceedings live.

The court documents state that he has set aside a staggering $ 7 million to pay his legal bills. And his star-studded defense team includes a former federal prosecutor who contributed to the arrest of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, a feat for which he received the True American Hero award, and another former Federal prosecutor whose hair includes that of the mafia assassin Thomas "Tommy Karate" Pitera.

They will face the formidable New York Southern District Attorney's Office, with a team of prosecutors with an impressive track record of high-profile cases.