NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors stated Monday they’re ready to drop perjury charges against Ghislaine Maxwell to save her victims from having to testify in a second trial.
In a Manhattan Federal Court submitting, prosecutors stated they might dismiss two counts of mendacity below oath against Jeffrey Epstein’s chief enabler “in gentle of the victims’ vital pursuits in bringing closure to this matter and avoiding the trauma of testifying again.”
The resolution hinges on whether or not Maxwell will get a retrial on sex-trafficking charges over her claims of juror misconduct. Maxwell requested final week for her responsible verdict to be tossed after it emerged one of many jurors on her case couldn’t recall if he had disclosed throughout jury choice that he’d been sexually abused as a baby.
Maxwell had anticipated to face a second trial on the perjury charges, which stem from two depositions she gave in a 2016 lawsuit filed by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.
Prosecutors say she lied below oath about Epstein’s intercourse toys.
“I don’t recollect something a few laundry basket of intercourse toys,” Maxwell stated throughout one of many depositions.
Witnesses testified throughout Maxwell’s intercourse trafficking trial about her stash of intercourse toys.
Some victims stated Epstein used the gadgets to sexually abuse them. Epstein’s former home supervisor of 10 years, Juan Alessi, testified about Maxwell storing them in her lavatory on the financier’s Palm Beach mansion.
“I keep in mind discovering a big dildo,” the longtime housekeeper recalled. “I simply put my gloves on, put it within the sink, run it below water, and put the dildo in Ms. Maxwell’s closet within the basket.”
Maxwell was convicted on Dec. 29 of facilitating Epstein’s sexual abuse of minors from 1994 to 2004.
Prosecutors requested Judge Alison Nathan to schedule Maxwell’s sentencing on the sex-trafficking charges for March or April. The British socialite faces a most of 65 years in jail.
Maxwell’s legal professionals requested for the choose to maintain off on scheduling a date whereas they examine the juror.
Nathan will rule on the request.