「この日が来るとは思っていませんでした」と、裁判が始まるとギレーヌ・マクスウェルの告発者は言います

「この日が来るとは思っていませんでした」と、裁判が始まるとギレーヌ・マクスウェルの告発者は言います
British socialite stands accused of recruiting and grooming underage girls for billionaire paedophile

サラ・ランサム, one of the women who have accused the late disgraced financier ジェフリーエプスタイン and his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell of abuse, arrived at the court as Ms Maxwell’s trial was set to begin.

「この日が来るとは思ってもみませんでした,” she told reporters outside the courthouse in ニューヨーク市 月曜日に.

Ms Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if she’s found guilty. She stands accused of recruiting and grooming four underage girls for Epstein between 1994 そして 2004. Epstein died by suicide in 2019 で マンハッタン jail while awaiting trial on charges of sex abuse.

で生まれた 南アフリカ to a British couple, Ms Ransome has said that she attempted to flee Epstein’s private island in waters teeming with sharks after being raped three times in a single day. She won’t be testifying.

Since she was arrested in July 2020, Ms Maxwell has been awaiting trial in a ブルックリン jail. Opening statements start on Monday and the trial is expected to last until the middle of January.

サラ・ランサム, a victim of Jeffery Epstein arrives for the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse on November 29, 2021 ニューヨーク市で

Ms Maxwell’s legal team is expected to try to distance her from Epstein and to undermine her accusers. She denies all allegations against her.

Ms Maxwell has been charged with six felonies, including conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, sex trafficking conspiracy, and sex trafficking of a minor.

She also faces two charges of perjury to be tried separately. 彼女の兄弟, Ian Maxwell, told The Associated Press that the case is “the most over-hyped trial of the century”.

“This is designed to break her, I can’t see any other way to read it," 彼が追加した. “And she will not be broken because she believes completely in her innocence and she is going to give the best account she can.”

Mr Maxwell told the news agency that his sister has the full support of her family and that a member of the family will be present in the courtroom at all times during the trial.

Prosecutors allege that Ms Maxwell groomed and recruited girls as young as 14 for Epstein and that she lied when she denied that she was aware of his crimes when she testified in another case.

Judge Alison Nathan has rejected multiple requests for bail and Ms Maxwell has now been in jail for 17 月.

“Ms Maxwell chose to blatantly disregard the law and her responsibility as an adult, using whatever means she had at her disposal to lure vulnerable youth into behaviour they should never have been exposed to, creating the potential for lasting harm,” the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s field office in New York, William Sweeney, said during a press conference as the charges were announced.

“This is not quite a put-up job, but nonetheless has been cobbled together so that Ghislaine is made to face the charges that Epstein never faced,” Ian Maxwell told the AP.

“The denial of bail is wholly inappropriate," 彼が追加した. “Some very famous, infamous people were granted bail as most recently the killer of George Floyd, a murderer. John Gotti, another murderer, a mobster. ハーヴェイ・ワインスタイン, ビル・コスビー, Bernie Madoff. These are all men, もちろん, who got bail. Ghislaine is a woman who somehow doesn’t get bail.

“The authorities are feeling under pressure … because they lost (エプスタイン) and they’re feeling under the public’s pressure, and that combination of pressure is keeping Ghislaine inside,” Mr Maxwell said. “But it still doesn’t make it right.”

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