GHISLAINE Maxwell’s trial on charges of grooming teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein has been pushed back
A judge agreed to her request that the trial originally due to start in on July be put back after the prosecution added more charges.
The socialite sported a black eye during her last court appearance[/caption]
Epstein was Maxwell’s former boyfriend[/caption]
U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan said a “short” postponement was appropriate because federal prosecutors added new charges to the case.
He also said that Covid protocols made trial preparation harder and ordered prosecutors as well as Maxwell’s lawyers to jointly propose a new trial date by May 10.
Maxwell, 59, had sought to delay the trial until at least November 8, citing the charges added on March 29.
She has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges over her alleged role in procuring four teenage girls for former lover Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Maxwell denies all the allegations against her and has pleaded not guilty.
During her latest court appearance she was seen with a black eye in the first photo released by the courts since her arrest – but claimed she doesn’t know how she got it.
Maxwell was once again denied bail[/caption]
Sitting beside her lawyer in court[/caption]
It was the first time the British socialite has been pictured since she was arrested at a New Hampshire bolthole, having only been depicted in courtroom sketches up until now.
Maxwell appeared gaunt with a bruise next to her left eye in the snap which was included in documents filed by her legal team.
Her lawyers in New York claim she was accosted at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre by prison guards, who demanded she tell them how she got the mark on her face.
She was denied bail again by a New York judge – the fourth time since her arrest that she has been denied bail.
The court considers Maxwell, who has US, British and French passports, a flight risk.
In a brief ruling, the court reaffirmed the continued incarceration of Maxwell, who has been behind bars in New York since July 2020.
She faces six counts, including sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor.
Paedophile Epstein killed himself in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
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Two of the victimms were just 14 years old when they were sexually abused, prosecutors say.
She allegedly befriended girls with shopping and movie theater outings, and later coaxed them into giving Epstein nude massages during which he would engage in sex acts.
Maxwell faces an effective life sentence if convicted.