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Ghislaine Maxwell enters plea as trial date is set

The 58-year-old is charged with trafficking minors for sex and perjury

Ghislaine Maxwell appeared at a court hearing charged with trafficking minors.

The 58-year-old faces up to 35 years in prison for allegedly recruiting teenage girls to be abused by convicted pedophile Jeffery Epstein.

The indictment says that Ghislaine Maxwell "assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18".

The socialite is also being charged with two counts of perjury after being accused of lying in a sworn testimony in 2016.

Appearing in a New York court via video link yesterday, Maxwell pleaded not guilty to the charges presented.

Her trial has been scheduled to take place from 12 July 2021, with prosecuting lawyer Alison Moe estimating that it could last up to three weeks. The judge denied her bail on the grounds that she is a flight risk.

The heiress kept a low-profile up until she was arrested by the FBI on July 2nd, with her location largely unknown since Epstein was arrested in July 2019. Jeffery Epstein died by suicide in his New York prison cell on August 10 2019 after he was arrested on charges of trafficking minors for sex.

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