Notorious British socialite and accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is using the lame excuse that she is “too fragile” to take the stand and give evidence that could implicate the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Andrew, according to reports.
Maxwell, a former girlfriend and alleged partner-in-crime of the notorious financier, is currently on trial for grooming and recruiting underage girls to take part in illegal sex acts from 1994 through 1997.
Her brother Ian has complained that Maxwell is facing a “fundamental abuse of human rights” that is “designed to break her” during her incarceration at a New York City jail.
And as her defense case readies to begin its arguments today, a spokesperson for the British media heiress’s family told The Telegraph that she is “unlikely” to testify due to her being “too fragile.”
The Maxwell trial has been seen as a last-ditch opportunity for the government to secure a conviction for the numerous sordid crimes of Epstein, in effect making this the trial that he prevented from ever occurring.
Epstein, 66, died of apparent suicide during his incarceration at a federal prison in New York City while facing a potential prison sentence of up to 45 years on charges of pedophilia and sex trafficking.
However, the 59-year-old is clearly trying to prevent herself from being grilled about her relationship with Epstein and other powerful and famous friends mentioned in the trial, including Prince Andrew and other influential figures.
“Ghislaine is perfectly entitled to refuse to give evidence,” a source told the Mirror “It is up to the prosecution to prove their case against her with or without her testimony.”
“Crucially for her defense team – whether she was fragile or not – by not having Ghislaine give evidence, it prevents the prosecution from asking her about her relationship with Epstein and others, including Prince Andrew, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton,” the source added. “If she does take the stand, it’s likely the Government would have in the box for days.”
Maxwell faces six charges, including grooming multiple minors to engage in illegal sex acts with Epstein and sex-trafficking a minor from 2001 to 2004. Prosecutors are also accusing her of one count of sex trafficking conspiracy, including recruiting one of her partner’s victims to help recruit other girls to be paid to undergo abuse at the hands of Epstein.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to all charges and faces up to 80 years in prison if found guilty of the charges.
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