Shameless Ghislane Maxwell slams new sex trafficking charges as ‘abuse of power’ for coming so close to her trial

SHAMELESS Ghislaine Maxwell has slammed new sex trafficking charges as a "shocking, unfair abuse of power" for coming so close to her trial.

Jeffery Epstein's alleged "madam" accused prosecutors of "obvious tactical gamesmanship" by hitting her with two new charges just four months before her trial begins.

Maxwell said that she may need her current trial, due to start on July 12, to be delayed in order for her to have more time to prepare for an "additional investigation".

But her lawyers said they did not want to force Maxwell to spend any more time in prison as the conditions were so harsh she may not be "strong enough to withstand the stress of the trial".

Maxwell's lawyer Bobbu Sternheim said the filing presented "new and complicating issues".

The indictment now moves the time frame of allegations from three years to ten years and expands from 1994 to 2004.

Sternheim wrote: "That the government has made this move late in the game – with a trial set for July 12th – is obvious tactical gamesmanship.

"Adding charges that were never launched against Jeffrey Epstein based on evidence that was in the government's possession for years is shocking, unfair, and an abuse of power".

She claimed that there was "no justifiable reason" to file an updated indictment as it was done so out of the concern about the "now-apparent weakness of its case".

The new indictment includes new allegations from a woman who claims Maxwell recruited her when she was 14-years-old.

The document claims that Maxwell "groomed" the girl to engage in sexual acts with Epstein by talking to her about her family life.

It is alleged that Maxwell discussed sexual topics with the victim, only known as Minor Victim-4, and was present in the massage room with he at Epstein's Palm Beach Mansion.

It is the first comment from Maxwell since prosecutors added sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor to her indictment last week.

Maxwell, 59, is accused of grooming young girls for former lover Epstein, 66, found dead in his jail cell in 2019 after being held on sex trafficking charges.

The British Socialite now faces eight counts and has pleaded not guilty to the six previous counts.

Meanwhile, Prince Andrew's sex accuser could testify about him at Maxwell's criminal trial.

Lawyers for the British socialite are seeking to subpoena the original picture of him with his arm around Jeffrey Epstein’s teen sex slave Virginia Giuffre.

Their attempt was revealed in a court filing from attorneys for Ms Giuffre which also discussed the possibility of her testifying in Maxwell’s summer trial.

It means lurid claims Andrew slept with Ms Giuffre three times, which he denies, could be discussed under oath in court.

He is under pressure to talk to the FBI about his friendship with paedo billionaire Epstein.

A spokesman for Andrew, 61, declined to comment.

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