Headline RoundupNovember 23rd, 2021

Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Set to Begin Next Week

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The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, associate of the late billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, will begin with opening arguments next Monday.

Maxwell is accused of facilitating Epstein's sexual abuse of minors. She was arrested in July 2020 and charged with enticing a minor to travel to engage in criminal sexual activity, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to commit both of those offenses, and perjury in connection with a sworn deposition. Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted; she maintains her innocence and has denied all charges. One of Epstein and Maxwell's accusers, Virginia Giuffre, also claims she had sex with Prince Andrew of the Royal Family while she was underage and is expected to testify against Maxwell. Jury selection for the trial began Tuesday.

The news hasn't been covered very prominently across the spectrum. Some voices on social media, especially from the right, have accused purportedly biased media outlets of focusing on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and other stories instead of Maxwell's trial.

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