Ghislaine Maxwell to appear in court Friday for first time since arrest on sex trafficking charges

Jeffrey Epstein’s suspected sex trafficking accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell is due in court in New York City on Friday, her first in-person court appearance since her arrest in July 2020.

According to the New York Post, Maxwell will appear in Manhattan federal court Friday for arraignment on two additional sex-trafficking charges that were added last month to her original indictment. The more recent charges are reportedly related to the alleged recruitment of an underage girl in the early 2000s.

“Epstein and Maxwell recruited Minor Victim- 4 to engage in sex acts with Epstein at the Palm Beach Residence, after which Epstein and, at times, Maxwell provided Minor Victim- 4 with hundreds of dollars in cash for each encounter,” reads the indictment obtained by the New York Post.

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Maxwell reportedly requested an in-person hearing, claiming that so-called “conspiracy theorists” overwhelmed the court phone lines during a previous remote hearing on a separate civil case.

The 59-year-old woman is expected to plead not guilty to the charges, as she did in July to several federal charges alleging her involvement in sex trafficking and committing perjury.

She has repeatedly requested to be released on bail from the Brooklyn facility where she has been held since July. The requests have been denied.

Epstein died in prison of an apparent suicide in August 2019 while he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges.

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