NEW YORK (AFP) – Ghislaine Maxwell will spend Christmas Day – her sixtieth birthday – behind bars, after the jury in her intercourse crimes trial suspended deliberations on Wednesday (Dec 22) with out reaching a verdict.
The 12-person jury started contemplating Maxwell’s destiny on Monday after a three-week trial and has since met for 2 full days to weigh the costs towards her.
Judge Alison Nathan granted a request from the jurors that they take Thursday off and advised them to return on Monday, after the Christmas vacation.
Maxwell, the daughter of former British newspaper baron Robert Maxwell, is accused of recruiting and grooming younger ladies to be sexually abused by the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein.
She faces an efficient life sentence if convicted of the costs, one in every of which is conspiracy to commit intercourse trafficking of a minor that carries a most 40-year jail sentence.
At one level on Wednesday, the jury requested the choose for the transcript of the testimony of the previous supervisor of Epstein’s property in Palm Beach, Florida.
The jury has additionally requested the choose for transcripts of the testimony of the 4 ladies who testified towards Maxwell throughout her high-profile trial.
The jury should attain a unanimous resolution on every of the six counts going through Maxwell. If they can not agree, then the choose might declare a mistrial.
The prices towards Maxwell stem from 1994 to 2004. Two of Epstein’s alleged victims mentioned they have been as younger as 14 when Maxwell allegedly started grooming them and arranging for them to present massages to Epstein that led to sexual exercise.
One, recognized solely as “Jane”, detailed how Maxwell recruited her at summer season camp and made her really feel “special”. She mentioned sexual encounters with Epstein grew to become routine, with Maxwell generally current.
Another, going by “Carolyn,” mentioned she was often paid US$300 (S$410) after sexual encounters with Epstein, typically by Maxwell herself.
A 3rd alleged sufferer was Annie Farmer, now 42, who mentioned Maxwell fondled her breasts when she was a young person on the New Mexico ranch owned by Epstein.
Epstein, 66, killed himself in jail in 2019 whereas awaiting his personal intercourse crimes trial. Maxwell was arrested the next yr and has been held in jail after prosecutors deemed her to be a flight danger.