Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial has begun, and her first action in court has seriously angered people…
TW: This article contains details that some people may find upsetting.
This comes after a year spent behind bars on charges of trafficking young girls for Jeffrey Epstein.
But her demeanor in court has ruffled a lot of feathers, particularly due to her “disgusting” gesture as the trial was set to commence.
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Now Jeffrey Epstein, who made a name for himself with elite investment bank Bear Stearns, before founding his own investment firm, was first convicted for a range of crimes in 2005.
Then, in 2008, he was convicted of running an underage p*********** ring connected to a number of high-powered individuals. Epstein served just thirteen months for this conviction.
From there, it got worse…
On July 6th 2019, Epstein was arrested again for trafficking minors in the states of Florida and New York and was held awaiting trial in a New York prison.
This was a huge breakthrough for many of his victims.
Epstein had managed to get away with vile and criminal acts for the majority of his life, most likely a result of his money and social clout. For his victims, there was finally hope of justice being done.
And many believed his conviction could uncover other high profile and wealthy sex offenders.
Epstein had numerous friends in high places, many of which were known to travel to his elusive island, where the majority of his crimes took place.
One of them controversially being Prince Andrew from the British Royal Family.
Of course, all of Epstein’s high-profile friends have denied any involvement in this scandal, but people aren’t too convinced.
However, before Epstein could dish the dirt on his friends…
He was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell, apparently as a result of hanging.
It was ruled as suicide, though some people aren’t convinced by that.
But because of the nature of his crimes, plus the connections Epstein had to the political and social elite, some have other suspicions about what really happened.
Anyway, in the months following his death, the investigation fell silent.
Progress seemed to be sparse, but then, the release of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Netflix catapulted the whole thing back into the spotlight.
Victims spoke out about what they had endured.
They each gave detailed similar, yet horrifying tales of being assaulted while giving Epstein and his friends “massages.”
It also outlined the involvement of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend and close friend…
Now, in the months following Epstein’s death, Maxwell remained firmly hidden and out of the public eye…
And, at that time, she wasn’t reprimanded or publicly questioned for her involvement in the scandal.
But, it was reported in July 2020 that Maxwell had finally been arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire.
She was taken to a hearing where she was described as a flight risk, so was therefore ordered to remain in custody while being transferred to New York for a detention hearing.
Maxwell was charged with the crimes of enticement of minors and trafficking of underage girls.
She also faced many other charges.
Including repeatedly lying about her involvement in the trafficking ring during a 2016 deposition.
If found guilty, Maxwell could be facing thirty-five years behind bars though, of course, the disgraced socialite has always remained valiant in her innocence by pleading not guilty.
As you’d expect, Maxwell’s time in prison hasn’t been an easy one.
The former socialite’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, argued that Maxwell is facing tougher jail conditions than inmates convicted of murder or terrorism.
Sternheim said Maxwell is effectively being kept in solitary confinement and is “excessively and invasively” monitored twenty-four hours a day.
Along with video surveillance in her cell, cameras also follow her movements when she is allowed to leave it.
Maxwell has repeatedly appealed for bail…
But all have been rejected so far.
And now her trial has finally begun, and the British socialite seemed unusually relaxed about the whole ordeal…
A great deal different than her first public appearance after her arrest, which showed her with greying hair and a black eye.
Earlier this year her lawyer spoke out about her jail condition in the hopes that it could gain her some sympathy.
Though it didn’t work as effectively as he’d hoped.
During a court hearing just 2 week prior, Sternheim renewed Maxwell’s request for bail ahead of her trial on November 29th.
In the court documents, she described Maxwell’s jail as “inappropriate,” Yahoo reported.
“The surveillance rivals scenes of Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s incarceration despite the absence of the cage and plastic face guard,” she wrote.
The Guardian added that Sternheim also said that “Maxwell’s conditions of detention for the past 16 months continue to be reprehensible and utterly inappropriate for [a] woman on the cusp of turning 60 with no criminal record or history of violence,” when speaking of her time at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
“It is unwarranted, unrelenting, and utterly inappropriate,” Sternheim wrote.
“[She] has been subject to physical and emotional abuse by the correction officers, poor and unsanitary living conditions, insufficient nutrition, difficulties reviewing the millions of legal discovery documents in the case against her, and sleep deprivation.”
Maxwell also spoke out herself.
Maxwell reportedly told the Daily Mail: “I used to take a shower every day but I’ve stopped because of the creepy guards who stand close and stare at me the whole time. I used to go to the loo with an open sewer drain and a friendly rat would regularly visit.”
“I told the guards, but nothing was done until the rat popped out and charged a guard who screamed in terror.”
“Finally, the sewer drain was covered.”
But now, the opening arguments of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial have started and she seems to have a pep in her step…
She was pictured with freshly dyed hair, a cashmere jumper, black trousers, and heels as she entered the court, a far cry from her orange prison attire.
Although she wore a mask throughout the proceedings, she could be seen laughing and chatting to her defence lawyers…
Which included Leah Saffian, Christian Everdale, and Bobbi Sternheim, who she talked to during the hearing.
And although her relaxed attitued disturbed some, it was her “disgusting” gesture that riled everyone up…
At one point Ghislaine waved to her sister Isabel Maxwell, who was sitting behind her, up in the public gallery.
Her actions have caused many to feel as though she’s remorseless for the crimes she’s been charged with.
What do you think?