The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged former madam of the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is finally set to begin on Monday. The 59-year-old disgraced British socialite’s brother Ian Maxwell is now speaking out to describe this as “the most over-hyped trial of the century,” accusing U.S. prosecutors of trying to “break” his sister.
Ian told The Associated Press that this is “the most over-hyped trial of the century without a doubt. This is designed to break her; I can’t see any other way to read it. … And she will not be broken because she believes completely in her innocence, and she is going to give the best account she can.”
Maxwell has been accused of grooming underage girls for sex with Epstein and sometimes participating in the abuse herself. She has been in custody for 17 months, with the vast majority of that time being in solitary confinement after Judge Alison Nathan denied her bail requests multiple times.
At the time of Maxwell’s arrest in July of 2020, prosecutors alleged that she was responsible for luring young girls in so that they could fall into the trap she and Epstein set for them.
“Ms. Maxwell chose to blatantly disregard the law and her responsibility as an adult, using whatever means she had at her disposal to lure vulnerable youth into behavior they should never have been exposed to, creating the potential for lasting harm,” FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney said at the time.
However, Ian is not having any of this, as he believes his sister has been made a scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes by American authorities. Epstein allegedly killed himself in prison in August of 2019 while awaiting trial on his own sex crimes, although there is new evidence that suggests otherwise.
“This is not quite a put-up job, but nonetheless has been cobbled together so that Ghislaine is made to face the charges that Epstein never faced,” Ian said.
Ian is furious that his sister has repeatedly been denied bail, as he says she is being kept in “effective isolation” at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn in a 6- by 9-foot (1.8- by 2.7-meter) cell.
“The denial of bail is wholly inappropriate,” Ian said. “Some very famous, infamous people were granted bail as most recently the killer of George Floyd, a murderer. John Gotti, another murderer, a mobster. Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Bernie Madoff. These are all men, of course, who got bail. Ghislaine is a woman who somehow doesn’t get bail.”
“The authorities are feeling under pressure … because they lost (Epstein), and they’re feeling under the public’s pressure, and that combination of pressure is keeping Ghislaine inside,” her brother added. “But it still doesn’t make it right.”
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