Federal prosecutors on Tuesday said they’re still not offering Ghislaine Maxwell a plea deal, paving the way for her long-anticipated sex-trafficking trial to begin next week.
At Maxwell’s final pretrial hearing in the Manhattan courtroom where she’ll face a jury Monday, Judge Alison Nathan asked prosecutors and her defense attorneys if a plea deal had been offered.
“None were communicated,” Assistant US Attorney Maurene Comey responded.
Maxwell was in the courtroom Tuesday, exchanging greetings with her team of lawyers and occasionally sipping from a disposable coffee cup as her legal team hashed out trial logistics with the group of four prosecutors.
Among the issues raised was that Maxwell’s attorneys have subpoenaed a lawyer who represents a victim in the case, identified in the indictment against Maxwell as “Minor Victim-4.”
Nathan ordered Maxwell’s attorneys to submit briefs about the potential witness — and said she would not allow the testimony until she has reviewed the briefing.
According to the indictment, Maxwell met the victim when she was 14 years old at Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion sometime around 2001.
She then “groomed” the teen by discussing sexual topics in front of her and being present when the teen was naked in the massage room of Epstein’s house, prosecutors charged.
Maxwell also sent the teen lingerie and helped arrange appointments for her to give Epstein sexualized massages, according to the indictment.
Her attorneys did not discuss why they want the victim’s lawyer to testify at the trial.
The trial is expected to kick off with opening statements on Monday after more than a year of preparation.
Maxwell is charged with six counts for allegedly procuring underage girls for Epstein to abuse from 1994 through 2004.
She’s pleaded not guilty and has remained in a Brooklyn federal lockup since her arrest in 2020.
Epstein killed himself in a Lower Manhattan jail cell in 2019 after being arrested on sex-trafficking charges.