In the indictment, prosecutors accuse Maxwell of helping recruit young girls for Epstein to sexually abuse. They claim she coordinated the meetings which involved the girls traveling to different homes owned by Epstein across the country.
Some of the alleged victims claim Maxwell paid them with cash or gifts to provide sexual massages to Epstein.
Maxwell denies the allegations she was the mastermind behind an elaborate recruiting scheme. In her recent motion, the former socialite said the charges against her, “demonstrates just how far the government is willing to go to “get” Ms. Maxwell and disingenuously blame her for the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein.”
Her legal team also argued that the charges were improper because of a 2007 non-prosecution agreement Epstein entered into. At the time, the billionaire was being investigated by the Palm Beach FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.
He worked out a controversial deal which globally resolved all criminal matters against him at the time. As part of the deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to state prostitution offenses and registered as a sex offender.
The agreement, which many people feel was a sweetheart deal for Epstein, also had verbiage that protected any alleged co-conspirators. Maxwell says this deal should protect her from the current criminal charges.
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In newly filed documents, the government scoffs at Maxwell's suggestion. They say the 2007 deal reached by Epstein doesn't protect her from anything.
“It does not matter what—or whom—the NPA purports to immunize, since the Court has already concluded that … the NPA does not bind this District,” the filing states.
The prosecutors deny Maxwell is facing double jeopardy with their charges. Further, they address her issues with the superseding indictment which added sex trafficking charges. They added the new counts after an alleged victim came forward to detail alleged abuse by Epstein between 2001 and 2004.
The victim claimed she was only 14 years old when Maxwell paid her to give sexual massages to Epstein.
Maxwell recently tried to cast doubt on the alleged victim's story. She claims the woman's testimony has changed over the years. In the past, she says the alleged victim never mentioned her doing anything and only recently changed her story to include her.
The government says this is nonsense. They say the alleged victim came forward in a timely manner and the additional charges were brought properly. In their motion, they are asking for the court to shut down Maxwell's demand for the case to be dismissed.