Crime Jury Selection Begins for Trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, Accused of Grooming Jeffrey Epstein's Victims
Expert Witness on ‘Grooming’ Behavior for Child Sexual Abuse Can Testify Against Ghislaine Maxwell at Trial, Judge Rules
A federal judge ruled on Friday that prosecutors can call an expert witness to provide testimony at the heart of their sex trafficking case against Ghislaine Maxwell: a clinical psychologists expected to testify about the process of “grooming” minors for sexual abuse. Lisa Rocchio, a clinical instructor at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, […] The post Expert Witness on ‘Grooming’ Behavior for Child Sexual Abuse Can Testify Against Ghislaine Maxwell at Trial, Judge Rules first appeared on Law & Crime.
A U.S. federal judge began screening more than 200 potential jurors on Monday for the trial of, the former girlfriend of sex offender who's accused of aiding and partaking in Epstein's abuse of underage girls.
In June 2020, Maxwell, now 59, was charged with six felonies, including conspiracy to entice minors to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sex acts and perjury. She pleaded not guilty to all charges and has been held without bond in a Brooklyn, N.Y., jail.
Ghislaine Maxwell Jury Selection—What to Expect Ahead of Jeffrey Epstein Trial
Ghislaine Maxwell will get a first look at potential jurors in her Jeffrey Epstein trafficking case, with alleged victims and her family invited to attend.The British-born socialite will get her first sight of potential jurors in whose hands her fate will lie, as they are asked questions to determine whether they are fit to hear the case.
Authorities say she helped her longtime companiongroom girls as young as 14 for sexual abuse — incidents that she allegedly participated in herself.
At a press conference last year, Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Maxwell, a British socialite and heiress, helped"identify, befriend and groom minor victims of abuse."
Video: Guards 'physically abused' Ghislaine Maxwell (Sky News)
The pair "had a method," Strauss alleged, involving befriending girls by "asking them questions about their lives and pretending to be taking an interest in them."
Ghislaine Maxwell Sketches Courtroom Artist as Jury Selection Underway in Sex Abuse Trial
Ghislaine Maxwell jury selection is underway as potential jurors are reminded that Maxwell must be considered innocent until a verdict is reached in the trial.Maxwell, wearing a black suit, entered the courtroom and hugged her lawyers before briefly sketching the courtroom artist who was drawing her.
"After developing a rapport with the victims, Maxwell then tried to normalize sexual abuse with a minor victim through a process known as grooming," Strauss added, alleging that Maxwell would discuss sexual topics with the girls, undress in front of them and be present for sex acts involving the girls and Epstein.
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Strauss alleged the sexual contact with girls often began with "sexualized massages, during which the minor victims were fully or partially nude." She alleged these encounters "developed into sexual encounters, where Maxwell was sometimes present and participated."
Federal judge Alison Nathan will question potential jurors each day this week, with the goal of narrowing down the group to about 50 qualified jurors,reported. The group will be asked to return on Nov. 29, the first day of the trial, and whittled down to 12 jurors and six alternates.
Schoolgirl Outfits, Gifts to Teens, Sex Abuse “Every Day”: Feds Slam Ghislaine Maxwell on 1st Day of Trial .
NEW YORK, NY—They were young girls who dreamed of becoming professional musicians, or models, or actresses—but they often came from poor families and their parents needed money. They were the perfect targets for a pair of high-society “predators” who dazzled them with fabulous wealth and promised them the world—and who then allegedly groomed, molested, and raped them. Such was the story presented by federal prosecutors on the first day of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial in connection to multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring.