The 59-year-old had hoped to be found not guilty and released before the festive holiday, according to sources close to the British socialite – although is now facing a Christmas Day locked up
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Ghislaine Maxwell is to spend her 60th birthday on Christmas Day behind bars after a jury in her grooming and sexual abuse case asked to suspend their deliberations
The 59-year-old had hoped to be found not guilty and released before the festive holiday, according to sources close to the British socialite.
But this week, a New York jury failed to reach verdicts on the six charges against her after a third day of deliberations.
Maxwell will now spend her Christmas day void of the sumptuous turkey dinner she is used to with reports of deliberations now resuming next week.
Instead she will be served a choice of hot dogs, burgers or chicken breasts, mac and cheese, corn on the cob and ice cream at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn, where she is being held.
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Judge Alison Nathan had asked the panel of six men and six women if they wanted to sit today, to which they replied with a note saying: “No, thank you.”
The justice accepted their request, meaning deliberations will resume on Monday (27/12).
She told the jury: “Alright. You declined my invitation to deliberate. We will resume Monday at 9am.
“Please stay safe over the long weekend. I need all of you here and healthy on Monday.”
Jurors have spent the week pouring over their evidence files.
At one point yesterday they asked to see the testimony again of one of her four accusers.
Maxwell has denied procuring, grooming and abusing underage girls for paedophile and ex-lover Jeffrey Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
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She faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted on sex trafficking and perjury charges.
She is said to have recruited and groomed underage girls for him.
Her older brother Ian has said her physical and mental state were “weakened” by being held in jail, including being disturbed by guards shining a torch into her cell every 15 minutes.
She has virtually been in solitary confinement for 18 months at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre.
Her family said this made it difficult for her to take the stand in her defence.
Ian, who has been present to support his sister during the trial, argues this is “tantamount to a denial of justice”.
Maxwell’s legal team presented evidence for two days after the prosecution brought forward a series of alleged victims. They claimed she is being used as a scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes, following his death in prison in 2019.
Prosecutors alleged the pair were “partners in crime”. Maxwell denies all the charges against her.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.