Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is set to be sentenced on sex trafficking crimes on June 28.
The sentencing date was set by Judge Alison Nathan on Friday afternoon.
The delayed sentencing was based on the defense attorney’s decision due to recent ‘compelling’ evidence that could overturn the trial as well as Maxwell’s conviction.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted of facilitating the sexual abuse of minors by her former partner, Jeffrey Epstein, on December 29. She faces 65 years in prison, meaning she could spend the rest of her life behind bars.
She was found guilty on five of six counts of sex trafficking – a spectacular downfall for the former London society girl who later moved into the highest circles of New York’s social scene.
Maxwell’s lawyers last week demanded a new trial after a juror revealed he had helped convict the former socialite by telling fellow jury members about his experience of sexual abuse.
Ghislaine Maxwell could spend the rest of her life behind bars after a jury convicted her of recruiting and grooming young girls to be sexually abused by the late American financier and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein last month
Maxwell was found guilty on five of six counts of sex trafficking – a spectacular downfall for the former London society girl who later moved into the highest circles of New York’s social scene. Pictured: Maxwell with Epstein
According to court documents dated January 10, the US government has now offered to drop two perjury charges linked to claims Maxwell made in a 2016 deposition in a separate civil lawsuit should the sex crimes conviction stand. Each perjury charge carries a maximum five-year prison term.
The charges allege the convicted sex trafficker lied under oath by hiding her participation in Epstein’s offences during a separate civil case brought against her by the Prince Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Giuffre.
Confirming their position in the letter to Judge Alison J. Nathan, the US government said: ‘In the event the defendant’s post-trial motions are denied, the Government is prepared to dismiss the severed perjury counts at the time of sentencing, in light of the victims’ significant interests in bringing closure to this matter and avoiding the trauma of testifying again.
Judge Alison Nathan set the sentencing date for June 28
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew is under severe pressure to settle with Virginia Roberts Giuffre after a New York judge refused to throw out her case – paving the way for a box office trial in nine months to examine claims she was repeatedly forced to have sex with him when she was a teenager.
The decision is a devastating blow to the Duke of York, who now faces a hugely expensive and reputation-shredding court case next September unless he tries to pay off Giuffre with at least $5 million.
If he chooses not to settle, or if Giuffre rejects any offers, Andrew faces being interviewed by her lawyers in a videotaped deposition in London that could be played in court, although the ninth in line to the throne cannot be forced to give evidence due to it being a civil suit in a different legal jurisdiction.
Additionally, he could simply ignore the case and let the court give a decision in his absence, although this would be likely to damage his reputation further.
Virginia Giuffre has long claimed that she was a victim of Jeffrey Epstein and in 2015 sued Maxwell for defamation for calling her a liar
Prince Andrew is seen with his arm around Virginia Roberts while Ghislaine Maxwell stands in the background, in a now infamous photo from early 2001
Attorneys for Giuffre asked Judge Loretta Preska Wednesday to unseal material about Epstein and Maxwell’s ‘sex trafficking operations’ from her 2015 civil lawsuit against Maxwell that includes references to eight anonymous John Does.
The individuals are identified in court documents only as ‘Non-Parties 17, 53, 54, 55, 56, 73, 93 and 151’.
It is not clear if one of them is the Duke of York. Six have objected to the unsealing.
In a letter to Judge Preska Wednesday, Maxwell’s attorney Laura Menninger said her client will ‘leave it to the court’ to determine whether the names should be unsealed.
‘After careful review of the detailed objections submitted by [the eight Non-Party Does], counsel for Ghislaine Maxwell writes to inform the Court that she does not wish to further address those objections,’ the letter states.
‘Each of the listed Does has counsel who have ably asserted their own respective privacy rights. Ms. Maxwell therefore leaves it to this Court to conduct the appropriate review consistent with the Order and Protocol for Unsealing Decided Motions.’
Maxwell, who is said to have been Epstein’s madam as well as his one-time girlfriend, is seen posing with the pedophile in evidence photos shown in court
DailyMail.com also revealed last week that one juror, Scotty David, had suffered sexual abuse. He said that he could not remember being asked about his own sexual history but vaguely recalled a question on the potential juror questionnaire concerning friends or family.
Maxwell’s attorneys told the Mail on Sunday that they believe they found a third juror who lied about being abused, after a second unidentified juror told The New York Times that they, too, had been abused as a child.
The first juror to reveal their sexual abuse, David, said he couldn’t remember how he answered a pre-trial question about his own sexual abuse history – casting doubt on the validity of Maxwell’s conviction – and he has asked the judge to see his answers.
He has since retained lawyer Todd Spodek, who asked the court to provide the questionnaire, according to the New York Daily News. He could face perjury charges if he’s found to have intentionally lied.
David, 35, has claimed that he used his experience being sexually assaulted to influence other jurors, saying: ‘When I shared that, they were able to come around on the memory aspect of the sexual abuse.’
But video published by DailyMail.com last week revealed that David couldn’t remember if the pre-trial questionnaire asked about sexual abuse history – which it did.
Maxwell’s lawyers last week demanded a new trial after juror Scotty David, 35, revealed he had helped convict the former socialite by telling fellow jury members about his experience of sexual abuse
Court filings obtained by DailyMail.com show that the ex-socialite’s defense team mounted a vigorous effort to ask two such questions in a bid to weed out anyone ‘who cannot be a fair juror,’ and that they did so in the face of strenuous government objections.
In demanding a retrial, Maxwell’s lawyers set out their position in a letter to the court, stating: ‘The defense requests that the court delay setting a schedule for sentencing because there is a compelling basis for the court to overturn Ms Maxwell’s conviction and grant her a new trial based on the disclosures of Juror 50 during deliberations.
‘The defense therefore objects to setting a schedule for sentencing until this motion is resolved.
‘Furthermore, requiring Ms Maxwell to participate in the preparation of the pre-sentence investigation report, while she is awaiting a decision on her motion for a new trial, will adversely impact her Fifth Amendment rights (the right to silence so as not to incriminate oneself).
‘Ms Maxwell will be forced into the position of not cooperating with the probation department’s investigation because any statement she makes to Probation, and any documents she provides, may be used against her at her retrial.’
Epstein took his own life at a Manhattan federal jail in August 2019 as he awaited a trial on sex trafficking charges
She was found guilty of sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and three counts of conspiracy. She was found not guilty of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
Maxwell was convicted after a month-long trial in which prosecutors maintained that she recruited and groomed teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004.
Maxwell once had a romantic relationship with Epstein, but later became his employee at his five residences, including a Manhattan mansion and a large estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Epstein took his own life at a Manhattan federal jail in August 2019 as he awaited a trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell’s lawyers argued at trial that she was made into a scapegoat by federal prosecutors after his death.
However, she was found guilty of sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and three counts of conspiracy. She was found not guilty of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
Ghislaine Maxwell is set to be sentenced for sex trafficking crimes on June 28