Suspended hearing due to sudden illness of Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyer. Nothing suggests that it is a case of Covid-19, according to the judge, who hopes that the process can be resumed this Friday.
by Maibort Petit
When Tracy Chapell, a FedEx employee, was testifying as a witness on the ninth day of the trial against Ghislaine Maxwell in the Southern District Court of New York for sex trafficking, the judge in the case, Alison Nathan, decided to suspend the session on grounds of the discomfort that one of the defendant's lawyers began to feel.
One of Maxwell's lawyers began to feel ill. The identity was not reported. The prosecution and the defense met in a separate room and argued for a long time, they returned to the courtroom to inform the judge of what had happened.
The magistrate made the decision to suspend on the grounds that the sick lawyer needed medical attention. He said he hoped the hearing could resume this Friday.
"We have no reason to believe it is related to Covid," Judge Nathan added before letting the jury go.
Chapell's testimony concerned shipments that were produced from Jeffrey Epstein's New York address to one of Maxwell's accusers in Palm Beach. This would have happened in the early 2000s.
"Carolyn" is one of the alleged victims of the financial mogul, who reported having received packages with lingerie and other gifts among which was a book of "massages for fools", as well as tickets to a rock concert.
At the time the shipments occurred, “Carolyn” was an adolescent who, as she testified in court, gave Epstein more than 100 massages over a four-year period, for which she was paid between $ 300 and USD 400 each.
The action occurred after "Carolyn" provided her address to Ghislaine Maxwell "because Jeffrey Epstein wanted to send me some articles."
Maxwell's defense got Tracy Chapell to acknowledge that none of the invoices shown in court listed her client as the sender of any of the packages forwarded to "Carolyn."
Likewise, the expected testimony of Ghislaine Maxwell's other accuser, "Annie", the fourth of the couple's alleged victims, was suspended.
It was believed that this Thursday's session could be the last this week, but for other reasons, since the prosecution had stated that it would take a break due to the advances that the judicial process has experienced.
Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, faces charges of
Conspiracy to Lure Minors to Travel to Participate in Illegal Sexual Acts;
Seducing a minor to travel and engage in illegal sexual acts;
Conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity; Transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity;
sex trafficking of minors;
and sex trafficking conspiracy.
Also, Maxwell faces
two counts of perjury, on the grounds that the prosecution maintains that
she lied under oath when he issued statements on the Virginia Giuffre case.
These charges will be addressed in a separate trial.
Maxwell and her lawyers maintain that she is just one more victim of the late Jeffrey Epstein, convicted of child trafficking, but her accusers and prosecutors consider her a criminal partner of the tycoon.
Ghislaine Maxwell, is a socialite, the youngest daughter of billionaire Robert Maxwell, on whose death in 1991, she moved to the United States. There she met Jeffrey Epstein with whom she was romantically related, a link that would have varied to that of assistant, confidant and partner.
If the jury finds Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of the charges against her, she could face up to 70 years in prison. To do this, during this judicial process it must be verified that, indeed, she was running a sex trafficking company for her own benefit and that of Epstein.