Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial begins on Monday. Epstein victims say she was at the center of their plan.

The long-awaited trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, a confidante of convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, is drawing comparisons to an iceberg on Monday — many of the unanswered questions about his alleged venture will remain hidden for now.

Maxwell, a British socialite who insists she is innocent, is reportedly about helping Epstein arrange “dates” with women over the age of 18 for a group of rich and powerful men. I am not likely to face questions. She is also unlikely to be questioned about allegations by an alleged victim who, in a civil suit, said that Maxwell smuggled her to Britain’s Prince Andrew when she was 17. He has denied the allegations.

Nor is it likely that prosecutors need to delve too deeply into the social and business ties of Epstein, a multi-millionaire financier, along with other bold-faced names such as former presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, and Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner. will be allowed.

Instead, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan for the Southern District of New York has narrowed the scope of federal prosecutors to the case against the British socialite-suspect by focusing specifically on allegations that she murdered Epstein in the 1990s under the age of four. Had helped in the recruitment and abuse of girls.

“It’s going to be a narrow piece of what happened,” said civil attorney Dan Kaiser, who represents many of the alleged Epstein victims, although no one is involved in this particular trial. Trapped dozens of girls. And Maxwell was an integral player. You could say she was Epstein’s chief operating officer.”

Initial statements in a trial lasting six weeks starting Monday. And those four, now grown women, will take the stand and testify against Maxwell, prosecutors have said.

Epstein was found dead in August 2019 in a Manhattan prison while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges. His death was ruled a suicide.

“Maxwell was the center of that sex trafficking ring,” alleges Epstein victim Jennifer Arroz told NBC News Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 at his luxurious hideout in Bedford, New Hampshire.

NBC News doesn’t usually identify rape victims, but in July 2019, Aroz made it public in an interview during which she said she was 15. when epstein raped her, with him Maxwell sued Claiming that she and other employees “conspired with each other to make possible and otherwise facilitate the sexual abuse and rape of plaintiffs.” Maxwell has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.

Aroz is not one of the women expected to testify against Maxwell, all of whom will be identified only by their initials at trial. He is represented by Kaiser.

Maxwell’s older brother, Ian, has said that his sister is a “petty” and that federal investigators only noticed him after Epstein hanged himself.

“They lost it and so there has to be someone to pay the price. Pati toh honi hi hai. Ghislaine is paying that price and she is paying it every day,” he said cbs news interview in November.

Not true, prosecutors have said.

“Maxwell was instrumental in helping Epstein identify, befriend, and groom minor victims of abuse,” then-acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss told reporters. After Maxwell’s arrest, “In some cases, Maxwell himself participated in the abuse.”

Maxwell faces eight criminal counts, one involving alleged attempt to travel and engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Huh.

If convicted on all counts, 59-year-old Maxwell, who is being held in a Brooklyn prison without bail, could face years in prison.

In a 24-page second impeachment indictment, prosecutors alleged that from 1994 to 2004, Maxwell “aided, facilitated, and contributed to” Epstein’s recruitment of minor girls, grooming, and ultimately sexually exploiting victims. .

Prosecutors argue that the victims were 14 years old when he and Epstein sexually abused them.

Prosecutors say both Epstein and Maxwell knew some of the victims were minors. And as part of his alleged plan, prosecutors say, Maxwell worked with Epstein to entice minor victims to travel around the world to his luxury residences.

The abuse reportedly took place at Epstein’s luxurious residences in Palm Beach, Florida; Santa Fe, New Mexico; And on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, prosecutors have said.

The youngest daughter of British press baron Robert Maxwell, who drowned in 1991, Maxwell also faces two counts of perjury tied to a confession in a civil case in 2016. The indictment alleges that when Maxwell was questioned about his involvement in alleged abuse and trafficking. , he lied under oath.

But Nathan has separated the perjury count from this trial.

Maxwell was arrested a year after Epstein was arrested at a New Jersey airport after returning from Paris on a private jet.

According to a government resolution opposing Maxwell’s request to be released on bail, his arrest There was some drama.

After FBI agents broke into the gate of his New Hampshire home and then instructed his personal security guards to open the front door, the agents reportedly saw Maxwell trying to escape.

Court papers say, “Agents noticed that the defendant ignored the instruction to open the door and, instead, tried to escape to another room in the house, quickly closing a door behind him.”

According to court filings, agents forcibly opened the door and eventually found Maxwell inside the house.

Her lawyers argued in court papers that she was living in seclusion to protect herself and her family members from “unreliable and intrusive media coverage”.

In a civil case, Epstein’s former masseuses, employees and associates paint a portrait of Maxwell as the main originator of a serial sexual predator.

Alleged Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre said in a September 2019 “Dateline” interview that Maxwell lured her into the financier’s trap.

At the time, Giuffre said that she was working as a locker room attendant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and reading a book on massage therapy, when she found “this beautiful, well-spoken , was approached by a well-behaved woman. An English accent, rudimentary and proper.”

“And she says it’s so funny that you’re reading a book on her, because I know this older gentleman who’s looking for a traveling massage,” Giuffre recalled. “He’s super rich. He flies everywhere.”

But by the end of her first visit to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, Giuffre said, Maxwell had manipulated her into having sex with her boss.

And soon, Giuffre said, she found herself trafficked by Maxwell and Epstein to wealthy and powerful men like Andrew.

Whatever the outcome of the trial, the fact that Epstein died and Maxwell was put on trial is already a comfort to some of his accusers.

“Now that the ring has been taken off, I know I can’t be hurt any more,” said Aroz.