U.S. prosecutors on Monday expanded the criminal case against Ghislaine Maxwell, partner of billionaire child molester Jeffrey Epstein. The new allegations include that Maxwell allegedly helped procure a fourth child to abuse sexually.
Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite, accused of aiding and abetting the sexual abuse of underage girls by her late partner Jeffrey Epstein, faces two more charges, a new formal indictment in Manhattan federal court filed Monday reveals.
This indictment also identified a new victim in the case, referred to as “minor victim-4” in court documents, and expanded the time period of Maxwell’s alleged involvement in Epstein’s abuse from 7 years to 10 years, being from 1994 to 2004, rather than 1994 to 1997 as it was initially.
Maxwell now faces a total of eight charges against her associated with child sex trafficking conspiracy, as well as prior charges, including perjury and aiding and abetting abuse.
She had previously pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and groom three teenage girls for sex between 1994 and 1997 in New York.
According to the amended indictment, Maxwell and Epstein recruited the fourth victim to engage in sexual acts with Epstein at his home in Palm Beach, Florida. They successfully encouraged her to recruit other girls to do the same.
It is not yet clear whether the new charges could lead to a postponement of Maxwell’s trial scheduled for July 12 before U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan. However, prosecutors said Maxwell should have “ample time” to prepare before the trial.
Maxwell, 59, has been held in a Brooklyn jail since her arrest last July and, in recent weeks, was in the news again after trying new legal strategies, bailing herself out of jail.
Ghislaine Maxwell made her third attempt to be released. According to a court filing made at the end of February, she would have to renounce her British and French citizenship to do so.
A federal judge has previously rejected two bail attempts filed by Maxwell’s lawyers, including a proposed $28.5 million bail release filed in December 2020, AP News reported.
Among the arguments enunciated by the judge to deny the bail request, he detailed the defendant’s danger of absconding, considering that the defendant holds French and British citizenship.
The lawyers have now made a third offer to get Maxwell out of jail before a trial scheduled for July in Manhattan federal court, which has not yet been answered.