‘Firm trial date’ set for Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex crimes case

Accused Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell will stand trial in Manhattan federal court in a few months, a judge ordered Friday.

Judge Alison Nathan scheduled a “firm trial date” for Maxwell on Nov. 29, 2021 in a letter filed in her case on Friday afternoon.

Judge Nathan had previously set that as a tentative date for the trial to begin — and cemented it with the Friday letter.

“The Clerk’s Office has now confirmed that a jury trial in this case has been scheduled to commence on November 29, 2021. This is a firm trial date,” she wrote.

Jury selection will be done in the weeks leading up to the trial, Nathan wrote.

Maxwell, who has been held without bail since her arrest in July of last year, is accused of procuring underage girls for multi-millionaire Epstein to abuse in the 1990s and early 2000s.

She’s pleaded not guilty to the charges and requested five times that she be let out on bail pending trial. She was denied each time.

Her trial was originally scheduled for July, but Nathan agreed to a postponement after prosecutors charged her in a superseding indictment, which included new counts of sex trafficking.

A courtroom sketch shows Ghislaine Maxwell during her arraignment hearing at Manhattan Federal Court on April 23, 2021.
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Epstein was previously arrested and charged with sex crimes by the same prosecutor’s office as Maxwell, but killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell before he stood trial.

Maxwell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn while she awaits trial, and has repeatedly complained about horrendous conditions in the lockup.

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