Ghislaine Maxwell has already been convicted by ‘court of public opinion’, says her brother Ian as she awaits trial on sex abuse and trafficking charges

  • Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother Ian has insisted his sister is ‘innocent’ ahead of trial 
  • She will appear in a New York court next month on sex abuse, trafficking charges
  • She is accused of recruiting women as teens for former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein
  • The Maxwell clan have put on a united front and are fighting for her to be freed  

Ghislaine Maxwell has already been convicted by the ‘court of public opinion’, according to her brother Ian.

The ex-tycoon, 65, maintains that his sister is ‘innocent’ as she awaits an imminent trial on sexual abuse and trafficking charges alleged to have taken place between 1994 and 2004.

Miss Maxwell, 59, will appear in court in New York next month accused of recruiting women as teenage girls for her former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, the late paedophile who hanged himself in 2019 while awaiting trial.

The Maxwell clan insist their youngest sister is innocent and are putting on a united front as they fight for her freedom after she has been locked up for 471 days in a small cell in Brooklyn.

Brother Ian, 65, maintains that his sister is ‘innocent’ as she awaits an imminent trial on sexual abuse and trafficking charges alleged to have taken place between 1994 and 2004

Her elder brother Ian said: ‘This is a family that sticks together.

‘Ghislaine has people who love her; people who trust her. This is a family that has been knocked down, gets up, gets knocked down again and then gets up.

‘We are a family that fights for each other and this is a big fight we are in. We are hopeful justice will prevail as it must.’

Mr Maxwell and his younger brother Kevin went on trial in 1996 but were acquitted of fraud charges.

Mr Maxwell believes his sister was wrongly denied bail three times – despite the family putting up a surety close to $30 million – because of public perception.

Mr Maxwell believes his sister was wrongly denied bail three times – despite the family putting up a surety close to $30 million – because of public perception 

He told the Daily Telegraph: ‘There is an obvious abuse of human rights.

‘The right to the presumption of innocence, the right really to due process, including the ability to defend yourself properly.’

He added: ‘The narrative is all women must be believed. Epstein was a monster, but Epstein is now dead.

‘So Ghislaine is the monster and she’s a woman makes her doubly a monster. And she’s the daughter of Bob Maxwell makes her trebly a monster.’

Their father, disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, died 30 years ago after falling overboard to his death from his yacht Lady Ghislaine.

Just over a month before the criminal trial starts, Miss Maxwell was finally and officially given the names of the women who have accused her of recruiting them as teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse them.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who has accused Prince Andrew in a civil claim of sexual assault and rape, is not among the complainants in the Maxwell trial.

Miss Maxwell, 59, will appear in court in New York next month accused of recruiting women as teenage girls for her former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, the late paedophile who hanged himself in 2019 while awaiting trial

Mr Maxwell said: ‘It’s an extraordinary situation.

‘Neither the UK police nor, it would seem, the US authorities are using the allegations of Virginia Giuffre. They didn’t use them as far as I know in the arrest and prosecution of Epstein in 2008. They are not using Giuffre’s testimony in the prosecution of Ghislaine.

‘If her claims are strong and true, and there is back-up evidence to support them, why aren’t they using them? In my opinion, it speaks volumes as to credibility.

‘I cannot imagine someone would tell such lies. It is too unconscionable. What I think seems evident is that she was deeply confused. She seems to me to be a very, very confused lady.

‘Prince Andrew has effectively been cancelled as a result of these allegations.’

Maxwell denies procuring underage girls for Epstein and sex trafficking of a minor.

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