Ghislaine Maxwell: Victims had 'faded, distorted and motivated memories'

Jurors heard prosecutors describe Maxwell as “dangerous” during her three-week trial in December 2021

Ghislaine Maxwell will appeal her sex-trafficking conviction on Wednesday - claiming that victims had “faded, distorted and motivated memories."

The disgraced British socialite, 61, was found guilty of luring young girls to massage rooms for financier Jeffrey Epstein to molest between 1994 and 2004 and was subsequently sentenced to 20 years in prison.

On Wednesday she will outline her reasons for appeal, which her lawyers have said are based on “errors” by the trial court and the US government, who brought the charges.

Maxwell’s attorneys are set to say: “In its zeal to pin the blame for its own incompetence and for Epstein’s crimes on Ms Maxwell, the government breached its promise not to prosecute Ms Maxwell, charged her with time-barred offenses, resurrected and recast decades-old allegations for conduct previously ascribed to Epstein and other named assistants, and joined forces with plaintiffs’ attorneys, whose interests were financial, to develop new allegations out of faded, distorted, and motivated memories.”

The grounds for appeal reportedly include her prison conditions leaving her “unable to meaningfully assist” in her own defence during the trial.

She is also set to argue the US government breached a “non-prosecution agreement” by bringing the charges against her – claiming the agreement “immunised Maxwell for these offences”.

Jurors heard prosecutors describe Maxwell as “dangerous” during her three-week trial in December 2021, and were told details of how she helped entice teenagers to Epstein’s properties for him to sexually abuse.

But her attorneys will argue she did not have a fair trial as it emerged one of the jurors, Scotty David, failed to disclose he had been sexually abused.

Her lawyers will also argue the court refused to correct the jury’s “misunderstanding” of elements of the charges meaning that Maxwell was “convicted of crimes with which she was not charged”.

Epstein was found dead, ruled as suicide, in his cell at a federal jail in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

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