Jury told Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell “preyed on young girls” – BBC News

Prosecutors have alleged that the socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and former girlfriend of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein were “partners in crime” and that she groomed vulnerable young girls for him to sexually abuse.

Ms Maxwell appeared in court in New York on the first day of her trial on sex trafficking charges, which she denies. Her defence said she was being used as a scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes.

Epstein killed himself while in prison in 2019. Ms Maxwell has been in a US jail since her arrest last year, awaiting the high-profile six-week trial.

The 59-year-old, who also has American and French citizenship, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her.

Huw Edwards present BBC News at Ten reporting by Nada Tawfik in New York.

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