When Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime companion Ghislaine Maxwell goes on trial next week, Virginia Giuffre, the accuser who captivated the public most with claims she was trafficked to Britain’s Prince Andrew and other prominent men, won’t be a part of the case.
Prosecutors will focus instead on four other women who say they were recruited by Maxwell as teenagers to be abused by Epstein. They Maxwell, 59, groomed girls as young as 14 to have sex with Epstein and lied about her knowledge of his crimes when she testified in an earlier case. She has been in custody for almost 17 months, after Judge Alison J. Nathan repeatedly denied requests for bail.Bypassing Giuffre’s allegations about Andrew will keep the most explosive allegations against Maxwell out of the trial, but it will also allow prosecutors to avoid a big risk. Records, witnesses, and photos back up many parts of Giuffre’s account of her time with Epstein, the financier who died by suicide in 2019 while jailed ahead of his own sex trafficking trial. But Giuffre has acknowledged getting key details wrong in her story over the years, including initially falsely saying in a lawsuit that she had been 15 when Epstein began to abuse her. The men she’s accused have spent years attacking her credibility. Maxwell’s lawyers might have tried to have some of them testify. Besides Andrew, Giuffre has said she was sexually trafficked to former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, the noted lawyer Alan Dershowitz, the French modeling scout Jean Luc Brunel and the billionaire Glenn Dubin, among others. All have said her accounts are fabricated.
Looks like a normal adult party, but with a definite CHILD (minor) attending. pic.twitter.com/Cgz0nzc34K
— The Real Royals of Windsor (@realwindsors) October 31, 2021
Ghislaine Maxwell continues to have the backing of her family, and a family member will be in court at all times to show support, her brother, Ian Maxwell, said in an interview ahead of the trial, which is set to begin Monday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
A very brief sneak peek of today's interview between myself and Ghislaine Maxwell's brother, Ian.
Here he talks of his first impressions of Epstein upon meeting him.
Full 1 hour interview will be out soon. Parts are also being covered in Sunday's Daily Mirror. pic.twitter.com/tYm61A5Qny
— Jay Beecher (@Jay_Beecher) November 22, 2021
This is “the most over-hyped trial of the century without a doubt,” Ian Maxwell told the Associated Press. “This is designed to break her; I can’t see any other way to read it. … And she will not be broken because she believes completely in her innocence and she is going to give the best account she can.”
This is the 156-acre luxury compound Ghislaine Maxwell was hiding out at. It is owned by Scott Borgerson, a millionaire titan in the global shipping industry. Borgerson was a former lover of Maxwell. As a well known socialite, these high class financers are likely in panic mode. pic.twitter.com/PsnlfdeIk8
— Maxwell Trial Tracker (@TrackerTrial) November 22, 2021
NBC News’ Danny Cevallos breaks down what to expect from the Maxwell trial and who will testify, below.