Closing arguments in Ghislaine Maxwell’s high profile sex-trafficking trial are set to be heard Monday in Manhattan federal court.
The former British socialite, 59, has denied allegations she groomed and trafficked several girls for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.
She returned to court on Saturday for a rare weekend hearing where attorneys made arguments about how the judge should instruct the jury when they start deliberating the evidence given throughout the three-week trial.
Judge Alison Nathan scheduled the hearing in an effort to keep Maxwell’s trial on a fast track that will have her case reach the jury before Christmas.
In addition to the summations, the judge is also set to read about 80 pages of instructions to the jury Monday.
Maxwell is facing up to 70 years in prison if she’s convicted on all six counts she is facing, including sex trafficking of minors and enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
Her attorneys argued throughout the trial that she had been wrongly targeted by prosecutors who just want to hold someone accountable after Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial on related sex-abuse charges.
The defense rested its case Friday after Maxwell declined to testify.
Prosecutors called some two dozen witnesses — including four accusers — as they sought to prove Maxwell was involved in a scheme to groom teenagers to have sexual encounters with Epstein.
One accuser, who testified using her first name, Carolyn, told jurors that Maxwell groped her as she was setting up a massage table at Epstein’s Palm Beach, Florida mansion when she was 14 years old.
“She came in and felt my boobs and my hips and my buttocks,” Carolyn told jurors on Dec. 7.
She added that Maxwell told her that she “had a great body for Mr. Epstein and his friends. She just said that I had good body type.”