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Prosecutors Offer To Drop 2 Ghislaine Maxwell Perjury Charges

Added 01-11-22 02:26:01pm EST - “But only if her conviction on sex trafficking charges stands.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Prosecutors Offer To Drop 2 Ghislaine Maxwell Perjury Charges”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

U.S. prosecutors have offered to drop two perjury charges pending against British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell on one condition: that her conviction on sexual abuse charges stands.

Maxwell, 60, was found guilty on Dec. 29 of grooming teenage girls to be sexually assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier who died in prison awaiting his own trial in 2019.

Prosecutors laid out their proposal for Judge Alison Nathan in a joint letter with defense attorneys on Monday. They suggested dropping the perjury charges “in light of the victims’ significant interests in bringing closure to this matter and avoiding the trauma of testifying again.”

The two perjury charges stem from a 2016 deposition in which Maxwell allegedly lied about Epstein’s child sexual abuse as part of a defamation lawsuit brought by accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Disturbing accounts of sexual abuse against girls as young as 14 unfolded last month during Maxwell’s trial, including witness testimony from four women who said they were abused at Epstein’s various sprawling properties. (Giuffre was not among them.) Defense attorneys argued Maxwell’s prosecution was a misplaced effort to seek justice for Epstein’s crimes posthumously.

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