A Manhattan judge has granted a request by Ghislaine Maxwell to postpone her trial — after new charges brought against the accused madam.
Maxwell, who is accused of procuring underage girls for her pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein to abuse, was set to stand trial beginning on July 12.
But US District Judge Alison Nathan ruled that a postponement until the fall is appropriate because prosecutors in March hit the 59-year-old former British socialite with a superseding indictment accusing her of two new sex-trafficking charges.
“The Court grants Maxwell’s request for a short continuance until the fall of 2021 to allow the defense to prepare for the additional charges,” Nathan wrote in her ruling.
Prosecutors and Maxwell’s lawyers have until May 10 to propose to the judge their “earliest possible” trial date.
A courtroom sketch of Ghislaine Maxwell from her arraignment on April 23, 2021.REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg/File Photo
“The Court urges counsel to agree to the earliest possible date this fall,”