Ghislaine Maxwell went to court in New York TODAY during her first in-person hearing since her arrest

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Ghislaine Maxwell will go to court in New York today at her first in-person hearing since her arrest last year.

The British socialite is facing charges of new sex trafficking charges added to a charge three weeks ago and is expected to plead not guilty.

The 59-year-old was allowed to attend the hearing, which is normally a formality, in person by Judge Alison Nathan.

Maxwell’s attorneys have previously said she is demanding to be charged personally over the new allegations after the dial-up phone line was hijacked by QAnon conspiracy theorists at a previous hearing.

Her lawyers three times failed to convince Judge Nathan to release Maxwell on bail after claiming their client lives in poor prison conditions and has lost weight.

Today will be the first time she will appear in person after nine months at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn – and the extent to which this has affected Maxwell’s appearance.

Ghislaine Maxwell (along with her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein in 2005) will attend a court in New York today at her first in-person hearing since her arrest last year

Ghislaine Maxwell (along with her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein in 2005) will attend a court in New York today at her first in-person hearing since her arrest last year

The British socialite is facing charges of new sex trafficking charges added to a charge three weeks ago and is expected to plead not guilty.  Pictured: A courtroom sketch by Maxwell from July 14, 2020

The British socialite is facing charges of new sex trafficking charges added to a charge three weeks ago and is expected to plead not guilty. Pictured: A courtroom sketch by Maxwell from July 14, 2020

Judge Alison Nathan is chairing Maxwell's case

Judge Alison Nathan is chairing Maxwell’s case

Her family is reportedly planning to be charged to her today, which means she can see her husband Scott Borgerson in person from across the courtroom.

The alleged ‘madam’ for Jeffrey Epstein had requested a one-week delay until April 23 to formally plead two additional charges in federal court in New York

A document filed by her attorneys states that this should enable her “family members to adjust their schedules and make travel arrangements to attend the court proceedings.”

Sources close to Maxwell’s family told it The Telegraph that her appearance in court today is about Maxwell who “wants to face her prosecutors,” and also wants to be released from her prison cell for a while.

A rewritten indictment against the 59-year-old British socialite last month added sex trafficking charges to allegations that Maxwell recruited three teenage girls from 1994 to 1997 for then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein for sexual abuse.

New charges related to sex trafficking of a minor extended the conspiracy until 2004.

Today will be the first time she will appear in person after nine months at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn - and the extent to which this has affected Maxwell's appearance.

Today will be the first time she will appear in person after nine months at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn – and the extent to which this has affected Maxwell’s appearance.

According to the new indictment, the woman was sexually assaulted by Epstein several times between 2001 and 2004 in his hometown in Palm Beach, Florida, starting when she was 14 years old.

Today Maxwell is expected to personally plead not guilty to the new charges – but it’s not clear who of her family will be there to see her.

Her husband was able to travel 400 miles from his home just outside of Boston to show his support, while her twin sisters Isabel and Christine could also visit Maxwell from their homes.

But her brother Ian, who launched a public PR campaign to get Maxwell out of custody after being denied bail three times, is unable to travel from the UK due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Maxwell’s trial is scheduled for July 12 on charges that she had recruited and cared for teenage girls from 1994 to 2004 to give sexual massages to her one-time boyfriend. Last week, her lawyers requested that the trial be postponed until January, saying the new charges will take months of investigation.

Ghislaine Maxwell's older brother Ian spoke out in defense of his sister in a video posted on the family's new website, realghislaine.com

Ghislaine Maxwell’s older brother Ian spoke out in defense of his sister in a video posted on the family’s new website, realghislaine.com

Ghislaine Maxwell, far right, is portrayed with Prince Andrew and prosecutor Virginia Roberts in her London mansion.  Roberts has filed a criminal case claiming she had underage sex with Prince Andrew and pedophile Epstein

Ghislaine Maxwell, far right, is portrayed with Prince Andrew and prosecutor Virginia Roberts in her London mansion. Roberts has filed a criminal case claiming she had underage sex with Prince Andrew and pedophile Epstein

Maxwell pleaded not guilty. Epstein committed suicide in a federal lockup in Manhattan in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Due to the coronavirus, most hearings in the Southern District of New York take place through Zoom or via a dial-up phone line.

The dial-up phone line at a previous hearing was hijacked by QAnon conspiracy theorists, prompting Maxwell’s attorneys to say their client is demanding to be charged personally on the new charges.

All 500 spots on the public phone line in the separate civil case were occupied, and one person was streaming the hearing live on YouTube until the judge said they had to stop.

Maxwell’s attorney Bobbi Sternheim called that hearing a “ debacle ” and said Maxwell is demanding a bail hearing where witnesses can testify about the “ alleged strength of the government’s case. ”

As they have repeatedly argued, Maxwell’s lawyers wrote that she is being partly punished for being out of reach for Epstein.

She’s not a monster, but she’s treated like a monster because of the ‘Epstein effect,’ they wrote.

Maxwell has been in prison since her arrest on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire at her $ 1 million mansion.  Pictured: US Southern District attorney Audrey Strauss announced charges against Maxwell at a press conference last year

Maxwell has been in prison since her arrest on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire at her $ 1 million mansion. Pictured: US Southern District attorney Audrey Strauss announced charges against Maxwell at a press conference last year

The lawyers urged the 2nd Circuit to test “ the real strength ” of the government case by pushing for a more thorough bail hearing, where they could prove that every story told by the four people who say they have it. Epstein and Maxwell’s victims have changed dramatically over the years. ‘

Initially, none of the anonymous prosecutors named Ms. Maxwell. While they hired the same law firm, sought money and fame, joined a movement, and only after Epstein died did the prosecutors begin pointing the finger at Ms. Maxwell. This is far from confirmation, but fabrication, ‘they wrote.

A spokesperson for prosecutors declined to comment.

Earlier this month, the judge dismissed Maxwell’s arguments to charge that she had recruited three teenage girls from 1994 to 1997 for then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein for sexual abuse.

Judge Nathan denied allegations that a non-prosecution agreement Epstein reached with federal prosecutors more than a decade ago protects Maxwell from prosecution.

She also disagreed that some or all of the accusations should be discarded due to a number of other perceived flaws.

Maxwell has been in prison since her arrest on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire, at her $ 1 million mansion.

She is accused of seducing girls as young as 14 years old into abuse by Epstein and in some cases participating in the abuse.

Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell, has also perjured herself in a civil suit.

She denies any wrongdoing.

The webpage's launch is a notable shift in tone by the famous closed-lipped family, who appear to be trying to save Maxwell's reputation ahead of her July trial.

The webpage’s launch is a notable shift in tone by the famous closed-lipped family, who appear to be trying to save Maxwell’s reputation ahead of her July trial.

Earlier this month, Maxwell’s family launched a website in support of the British socialite, insisting she is ‘not a monster’ and protesting her innocence.

The website, realghislaine.com, invites people to “ get to know the real Ghislaine ” on the website, where she shared biographical details, information about her upcoming trial, prison conditions and the books she reads behind bars.

“This website is developed and maintained by brothers, sisters, family and friends of Ghislaine Maxwell, the people who have known the real Ghislaine all her life, not the fictional one-dimensional character created by the media,” it says.

“We sincerely believe in the innocence of our beloved sister and encourage visitors to this site to sign up for family updates on her cause by entering your email address below with confidence.”

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