Ghislaine Maxwell’s accusers can remain anonymous at trial

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Ghislaine Maxwell's accusers can remain anonymous at trial

Ghislaine Maxwell’s accusers will be allowed to remain anonymous when they testify at her trial later this month — and prosecutors can refer to them as “minors” and “victims,” a federal judge ruled Monday.

The 59-year-old accused madam appeared in Manhattan federal court Monday wearing a blue prison uniform and white mask for the final motions hearing before her trial is scheduled to start on Nov. 29.

She watched as Judge Alison Nathan dismissed many of the last-minute restrictions her legal team tried to get imposed on testimony accusing her of acquiring girls for late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to abuse.

Nathan denied Maxwell’s bid to “preclude reference to the accusers as ‘victims’ or ‘minor victims,’” arguing it would be both “impractical” and “unnecessary” given what the court will hear.

She also ruled to let the accusers testify using pseudonyms to prevent them from possible harassment.

Nathan highlighted the trial of perverted Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere — who is serving 120 years behind bars — as one where key evidence would not have emerged had his victims been forced to be identified.

Courtroom sketch of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Judge Alison Nathan denied Ghislaine Maxwell’s bid to “preclude reference to the accusers as ‘victims’ or ‘minor victims.’”
Jane Rosenberg/REUTERS

Maxwell’s team was also barred from using a non-prosecution agreement Epstein had reached when he was convicted in 2008 of sex offenses with underage girls in Florida.

The judge had previously ruled that the agreement did not shield Maxwell of her own charges.

The British media heiress — daughter of disgraced late tycoon Robert Maxwell — was also told that her case could not push the idea that the government only went after her because of press coverage.

“The court finds that this specific proffered evidence is irrelevant to the charged conduct and is therefore inadmissible,” Nathan ruled in the hearing.

Courtroom sketch of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Ghislaine Maxwell was told that her case could not push the idea that the government only went after her because of press coverage.
Jane Rosenberg/REUTERS

Maxwell is accused of procuring women and underage girls for multimillionaire pedophile Epstein to abuse in the 1990s and early 2000s.

She has been held since her arrest in July 2020. She has pleaded not guilty.

Prospective jurors will fill out questionnaires later in the week and oral questioning will begin mid-November.

Epstein hanged himself in his Manhattan lockup in August 2019 while awaiting trial on serious sex trafficking charges.

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