Former Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell is expected to see several charges against her dropped because she finds herself in a “similar situation” to Bill Cosby, her lawyers said in a court file Friday night.
They argue that Maxwell, 59, who allegedly recruited teenage girls from the mid-1990s to 2004 for Epstein to sexually abuse them, was covered by a no-prosecution agreement when she was charged.
Cosby was convicted in 2018 of indecent drug assault and the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand while she was an employee of Temple University. But he was released earlier this week after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors violated his rights by waiving an apparent promise not to charge him.
Maxwell’s legal team say they are covered by a 2007 NPA between federal prosecutors Miami and Epstein. While he does not specifically name Maxwell, prosecutors have agreed not to indict the co-conspirators, according to the filing.
“The government is trying to reverse its deal and prosecute Ms Maxwell more than 25 years later for the same offenses for which she was granted immunity in the NPA,” the file says, adding that she is in a ” similar situation “to Cosby.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan, New York, have yet to respond to the latest court case, but they have already argued that the NPA – to which Maxwell is not a party and never signed – does not apply to it.
Her legal team’s argument is the latest of many – so far unsuccessful – approaches Maxwell’s lawyers have taken in an attempt to overturn the charges against her.
Maxwell has denied all of the allegations through his attorneys and has consistently pleaded not guilty.
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Maxwell was already facing six counts relating to Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring, but in March federal prosecutors expanded the criminal case against her with an indictment of eight counts. accusing him of treating and paying a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual acts with Epstein at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, from 2001 to 2004.
Maxwell “sought to normalize inappropriate and abusive behavior by discussing, among other things, sexual matters in front of [the victim] and be present when [the victim] was naked in the massage room at Epstein’s “Palm Beach residence,” according to the indictment.
Epstein died by suicide at the age of 66 in August 2019 while awaiting trial in his federal prison cell in downtown Manhattan.
Maxwell was arrested at a remote New Hampshire mansion in July and is due on trial later this year.
She is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, where her attorneys have complained that she was being held in “particularly harsh conditions” and subjected to round-the-clock surveillance and body testing.
The Associated Press contributed.