Ghislaine Maxwell’s 'life on the line' lawyers say as they BEG for more time to find witnesses in sex trafficking trial

GHISLAINE Maxwell's lawyers have said her "life is on the line" as they beg for more time to find witnesses in her sex trafficking trial.

The British socialite's trial has been thrown into disarray after her defence lawyer, Laura Menninger, told the court they were struggling to find a witness who they had issued a subpoena to testify.

On day 12 of the trial, Menninger told Judge Alison Nathan: "I understand that your honour runs a tight ship.

"We are flying people across the country, across the pond, our client’s life is on the line, and we are given only a half a day to put on a witness."

Prosecutor Maurene Comey said the lawyers should have had enough time to find their witnesses during a five-day break in the trial.

And Judge Nathan refused to delay the defence case for more witnesses to be found – including one who could only fly in from the UK on Monday, the Independent reports.

Maxwell, 59, is unlikely to testify in her own trial — but her lawyers had promised sensational revelations in their bid to clear her.

She is said to be “too fragile” to take the witness stand.

Instead, her legal team is focusing on pulling apart the testimony of the four accusers who claim she served them up for multi-millionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

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It has lined up 35 witnesses, including a false memory expert, to support her case at her trial in New York.

They are said to be preparing to produce evidence that Maxwell could not have been present during some of the accusations of wrongdoing.

A source said: “The defence case will be shocking. There will be some very surprising revelations.”

Her spokesman said: “Ghislaine Maxwell is unlikely to testify over serious worries she is too fragile and will not be able to acquit herself properly.”

Her family has complained she is not being fed correctly and shackled to and from court. A friend said: “There are significant concerns about her health.”

Maxwell denies six charges linked to Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.

The prosecution have called the Brit heiress a "dangerous predator" alleging she and Epstein – who she dated in the 1990s – were “partners in crime”.

Maxwell, daughter of disgraced newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell, is alleged to have snared girls as young as 14 into a "nightmare" after promising them "the world".

She is accused of walking girls into Epstein's lair where she watched as he molested them – and sometimes even joined in. She denies the allegations.

In a court filing last Sunday, lawyers for the British socialite confirmed their intention to call the large number of witnesses — 11 more than the prosecution.


Her lawyers have scrambled to put together a line-up after the prosecution rested their case two weeks earlier than anticipated.

In a letter, Maxwell’s lead lawyer Bobbi Sternheim told Judge Alison Nathan some of the witnesses will be travelling from abroad.

She also requested three witnesses be granted the right to testify anonymously — after the four accusers in the case were allowed to give evidence using pseudonyms.

Meanwhile, just a small portion of Maxwell’s “little black book” — with the contact details for thousands of people including Prince Andrew — will be released publicly.

Only a few pages are at issue in the case and the prosecution agreed that the book can be used “for a limited purpose”.

Convicted sex offender Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial for further sex trafficking charges in August 2019.

Maxwell also faces two other charges of perjury over allegations she lied in a deposition in a separate civil suit, but these will be tried separately.

She was arrested in July 2020 – and has been held in prison ever since as she was deemed a flight risk.

The Charges

GHISLAINE Maxwell faces six charges over her alleged involvement with Jeffrey Epstein:

  • Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
  • Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex
  • Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
  • Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
  • Sex trafficking conspiracy
  • Sex trafficking of a minor

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