Ghislaine Maxwell jurors picked as trial is set to start for the alleged Jeffrey Epstein procurer

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  • Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial was set to begin with a federal prosecutor’s opening statement against a British socialite accused of sexually assaulting a British socialite by Jeffrey Epstein for acting as a buyer of underage girls.
  • Maxwell’s federal trial comes 17 months after his arrest and more than two years after Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan prison while awaiting his trial on child sex trafficking charges.
  • The jury for the trial sat shortly before the trial began in US District Court in Manhattan.
  • Epstein and Maxwell previously socialized with Britain’s Prince Andrew along with high-profile people including former presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial was set to begin Monday afternoon with a federal prosecutor’s opening statement to file a case against a British socialite accused of sexually abusing underage girls by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. had gone.

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The testimony of at least one witness may be heard later on Monday after the opening statement has been completed.

Maxwell’s federal trial comes nearly 17 months after his arrest in New Hampshire, and more than two years after Epstein, 66, killed himself in a Manhattan prison while awaiting his own trial on federal child sex trafficking charges. was doing.

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Maxwell, who has been held without bail since his arrest, has pleaded not guilty to a case where he is charged with luring minors to engage in illegal sex acts, sex trafficking and other charges for traveling and traveling. accused of coercion.

“I have not committed any crime,” the 59-year-old told a court hearing on November 1.

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The jury for the trial was set for Monday morning, shortly before statements began in US District Court in Manhattan.

Eighteen jurors were chosen for the case. Twelve of them will deliberate on the decision; Six others will be optional.

Epstein, who was worth hundreds of millions of dollars, socialized with Maxwell including high-profile people including former Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew, before Epstein pleaded guilty to a sex offense involving a minor in Florida in 2008. was convicted.

Maxwell’s trial is expected to last six weeks.

The trial will only deal with sex-related allegations against Maxwell. He will be tried separately for charges of perjury stemming from charges of lying under oath by an Epstein accuser while being ousted in a civil trial.

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