Ghislaine Maxwell on September 20, 2013 in New York.
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On Monday, a judge ruled that prosecutors may call Ghislaine Maxwell’s accusers “victims” in an upcoming trial of a British socialite in New York on charges of acquiring underage girls for sexual assault by mysterious moneymaker Jeffrey Epstein.
Manhattan federal court judge Alison Nathan, citing the need to protect Maxwell’s accusers from embarrassment, also ruled during the hearing that the women could remain anonymous during the trial.
Maxwell’s lawyers wanted prosecutors to be prohibited from using the words “victim” and “minor” to describe prosecutors, and they also wanted them to be referred to by their real names in court proceedings.
Defense attorneys also lost the opportunity to state in court that prosecutors brought charges against Maxwell only because of press coverage of Epstein and his alleged wrongdoing with her.
Also on Monday, prosecutors said they did not make any plea proposals to Maxwell, such as pleading guilty to criminal behavior in exchange for an agreement that prosecutors would seek less severe punishment than she could receive. if she was convicted at trial.
Prosecutors also said that Maxwell also did not ask for a plea.
“I have not committed any crime,” Maxwell, 59, told Nathan when she confirmed the revelation at a multi-issue pre-trial hearing, which is to begin with opening arguments on November 29.