Ghislaine Maxwell is relying on “conspiracy theories” when she claims that the timing of the new federal indictment against her shows the weakness in the prosecutors’ case, the feds said in court docs filed Friday.
Manhattan federal prosecutors, in a letter to Judge Alison Nathan, blasted Maxwell’s claim that the new sex-trafficking charges brought against her last month were “obvious tactical gamesmanship.”
Maxwell’s lawyers had argued that prosecutors could have brought the additional charges at any point — and the fact they waited until just three months before they’re expected to go to trial shows the apparent “weakness” of their case.
Federal prosecutors retorted, “It would make no sense for the Government to spend weeks preparing a more than 200-page response to [previous defense] motions if the Government could have instead just obtained a new indictment” — while blasting the allegations as “conspiracy theories.”
Prosecutors had unsealed a superseding indictment against the accused madam alleging she sex-trafficked a 14-year-old girl for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse in the early 2000s.
The feds allege that Maxwell groomed the teen — identified as “Minor Victim-4” in court papers — to engage in sex acts with Epstein, who killed himself in a lower Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges himself.
According to the indictment against Maxwell, the fallen British socialite “sought to normalize inappropriate and abusive conduct by, among other things, discussing sexual topics in front of Minor Victim-4 and being present when Minor Victim- 4 was nude in the massage room of the Palm Beach Residence.”
Maxwell is now facing 80 years behind bars if convicted on the counts against her. She maintains her innocence and has sought three times to be released on bail pending her trial. She has been denied each time.