Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial to begin in New York City

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Ms Maxwell's high-profile is expected to past six weeks successful New York City

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is owed to spell connected proceedings successful New York City connected enactment trafficking and different charges.

She is expected to situation claims she groomed underage girls for convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein for intersexual abuse. He died successful situation successful 2019.

Ms Maxwell, 59, has been successful a US jailhouse since her apprehension past year, awaiting the high-profile six-week trial.

Ms Maxwell, who besides has American and French citizenship, has pleaded not blameworthy to each the charges against her.

Lawyers for Ms Maxwell, arsenic good arsenic household members, person repeatedly complained astir her conditions successful jailhouse and her ineligible squad has made respective unsuccessful applications for bail.

Epstein died successful a New York situation compartment connected 10 August 2019 arsenic helium awaited, without the accidental of bail, his proceedings connected enactment trafficking charges.

The proceedings of Ms Maxwell, the girl of precocious media mogul Robert Maxwell, is scheduled for 08:30 section clip (13:30 GMT) connected Monday.

The prosecution is past expected to laic retired the lawsuit and preview grounds and witnesses - but the defence is apt to question the credibility of immoderate of the witnesses.

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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell successful New York successful 2005

No cameras volition beryllium allowed successful the courtroom.

The missive says that starring experts successful psychiatry and representation volition beryllium brought successful to attest successful her defence.

What are the charges?

Ms Maxwell is accused of having helped Epstein sexually maltreatment underage girls.

US prosecutors allege she "played a captious relation successful the grooming and abuse" of minors.

Four charges subordinate to the years 1994-97 erstwhile she was, according to an indictment, among Epstein's closest associates and besides successful an "intimate relationship" with him.

Two different charges - of enactment trafficking conspiracy and enactment trafficking of a insignificant - came successful an amended indictment and subordinate to the play 2001 and 2004.

Sarah Ransome, 1 of Epstein's alleged victims, has told the BBC's Panorama programme that Ms Maxwell worked intimately with him.

She said: "Ghislaine controlled the girls. She was similar the madam. She was similar the nuts and bolts of the enactment trafficking operation."

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?

Born extracurricular Paris connected Christmas Day, 1961, Ms Maxwell grew up successful a state mansion, went to Oxford University and speaks respective languages.

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Ghislaine Maxwell was said to beryllium precise adjacent to her precocious begetter Robert Maxwell

She is Robert Maxwell's ninth and youngest child.

She is said to person had a precise adjacent narration with her precocious father, and helium named his luxury yacht - the Lady Ghislaine - aft her.

Soon aft her father's decease successful 1991, Ms Maxwell near the UK to settee successful America, wherever she worked successful existent estate, and not agelong aft met Jeffrey Epstein.

She sold her Manhattan townhouse successful 2016, and kept a debased illustration until she was arrested past July astatine her secluded mansion successful the authorities of New Hampshire.

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Ian Maxwell says his sister Ghislaine "is losing her hair" successful prison

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