Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ On All Six Charges Relating To Jeffrey Epstein, Sex Trafficking
Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of Jeffrey Epstein, stands accused of helping the financier procure, abuse, and traffic young girls. She was arrested earlier this month, and appeared in court via video link on Tuesday, where she entered a plea of ‘not guilty’ on all charges.
According to the New York Post Maxwell responded to the six-count indictment with a plea of ‘not guilty,’ and requested bail, with her attorneys arguing that she has been hiding from the public and the media, not from authorities, since Epstein’s death. Prosecutors said that while the investigation is ongoing, there is no current expectation of additional charges or named defendants.
A Justice Department release upon Maxwell’s arrest listed these charges:
[E]nticing a minor to travel to engage in criminal sexual activity, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to commit both of those offenses, and perjury in connection with a sworn deposition.
There are two counts of perjury alleged, bringing the total to six charges.
According to the Associated Press, Maxwell’s request for bail in the amount of five million dollars was denied. Prosecutors said she is a significant flight risk, has the financial means and international connections to “stay off the grid indefinitely,” and two accusers also asked the judge to deny her release. Prosecutors also said that, despite her claims that she wasn’t hiding from authorities, she refused to open the door for FBI agents who arrived to carry out her arrest.
As the order currently stands, Maxwell is to remain in custody until her trial, in July of 2021.