The long-awaited sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, a former girlfriend and longtime associate of the disgraced billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, begins November 29 in New York. Maxwell was arrested by the FBI on charges related to Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring in June 2020. She was closely linked with Epstein for years, who died by apparent suicide in August 2019, while he was in jail awaiting trial over charges that he had trafficked and sexually abused dozens of underage girls. According to the federal indictment against her, Maxwell is accused of helping Epstein “recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse” girls — some as young as 14 — as well as lying about it under oath “in an effort to conceal her crimes.”
Maxwell has repeatedly denied the many accusations against her and managed to dodge charges for years until her recent arrest. Here’s what to know about Maxwell and her upcoming trial.