Alleged Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell is expected to appear in Manhattan federal court in person later this month to be arraigned on new charges.
The 59-year-old British socialite was hit with a superseding indictment last month accusing her of two new sex-trafficking charges in connection to the abuse of a teen girl.
US District Judge Alison Nathan tentatively scheduled Maxwell’s arraignment for April 16. “As requested by the defendant, the proceeding will take place in person,” the judge wrote in her order.
The teen girl alleges that Maxwell recruited her to give Epstein nude “sexualized massages” at his Palm Beach mansion from 2001 to 2004.
The jailed daughter of late media tycoon Robert Maxwell is now charged with eight counts related to the allegations of four then-underage victims who say she recruited them to be sexually abused by Epstein.
The late financier, a convicted pedophile, hanged himself in his jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell, who has been locked up at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since her arrest, has appealed Nathan’s decision to deny her bail three times.
Her attorneys argued in the motion submitted Wednesday to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that wealthy men charged with similar or more serious offenses — including Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Dominique Strauss-Kahn — were granted bail.
During her more than 280 days in jail, she has been subjected to “jaw-droppingly appalling conditions” that are more “fitting for Hannibal Lecter,” the lawyers wrote.
Maxwell has denied the charges against her.