UPDATED 2:36 PM PT – Saturday, August 14, 2021
A federal judge rejected Ghislaine Maxwell’s bid to have sex trafficking charges against her dropped. Judge Alison Nathan ruled against Maxwell’s push on Friday, saying she was not immunized under a prior 2007 non-prosecution deal with Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell’s attorneys previously argued the case should be ruled similarly to that of the case against comedian Bill Cosby, arguing she had signed a similar plea deal with prosecutors. However, Nathan defended the decision, saying the New York court was not bound under the same promise as her former boyfriend.
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“Even if this court agreed with the analysis in [Cosby’s case], that opinion sheds no light on the proper interpretation of the NPA in this case,” wrote Nathan.
Maxwell is currently being held in a Brooklyn federal jail after pleading not guilty to an eight-count indictment accusing her of grooming underage rape victims to Epstein. If convicted, she could face 80 years.