Judge Alison Nathan ruled Monday (local time) that a brief delay on new prosecution allegations is appropriate. The defense asked for more time to prepare.
“The court considers that a postponement until the fall of 2021 is appropriate,” Nathan wrote. The trial was scheduled to begin on July 12. The Office of the Prosecutor and Defense can now propose a new date until May 10.
Sexual criminal charges
The former confidant of Epstein was arrested in July 2020 in New Hampshire, on the east coast of the United States, and charged with several charges, including transferring a minor for a “criminal sexual act” and perjury.
A Manhattan federal prosecutor accuses her of recruiting underage girls for Epstein, who have been sexually abused by the investment banker. In part, Maxwell is said to have been involved in the abuse himself.
“Sex trafficking with a minor”
At the end of March, the charge sheet was expanded to include two points. The daughter of the late British media barron Robert Maxwell was charged with “sex trafficking with a minor” and “conspiracy to trade sex”, and another victim was included in the expanded indictment.
Maxwell pleads not guilty. She is currently in pretrial detention in New York. She was repeatedly refused bail due to the risk of running away.
Maxwell’s arrest was a startling development in the Epstein case. The millionaire is said to have sexually assaulted underage girls and young women for years and incited them into prostitution.
The investment banker was arrested in July 2019 and found dead in his Manhattan cell in August. According to the US Department of Justice, the 66-year-old committed suicide. Epstein was sentenced to 13 months in prison for sexual assault of minors in 2008 and has since been listed as a sex offender. (SDA / euc)