Epstein Confidante Ghislaine Maxwell Denied Bail After Pleading Not Guilty

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July 14, 2020 - 3:55 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, was denied bail on Tuesday after pleading not guilty to charges that she recruited girls for the financier to sexually abuse. 

Maxwell, a prominent British socialite, appeared in a video court hearing in Manhattan. The 58-year-old has been held without bail since her July 2 arrests and asked to be released on $5 million bond.

Prosecutors have argued that Maxwell will flee the country if she is freed on bail.

Defense lawyers have said electronic monitoring, private security and her friends and two siblings in the New York area would keep her in place.

A judge has set a trial start date for July 12, 2021. 

Maxwell has been indicted on six counts accusing her of recruiting, grooming and training girls as young as 14 to have sex with Epstein between 1994 and 1997. Alleged victims claim Maxwell also coerced them to have trysts with other men.

At least one alleged Epstein victim testified at Tuesday's hearing.

An 18-page federal indictment charges Maxwell with 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 and two counts of perjury.

Officials said Epstein killed himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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