Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers demand sex trafficking charges are DROPPED in the wake of Bill Cosby's release
3rd July 2021

GHISLAINE Maxwell's lawyers have demanded the sex trafficking charges she's facing are dropped after Bill Cosby's release.

The 59-year-old socialite is currently facing an 80 year sentence after being accused of recruiting teenage girls from 1994 to 2004 for paedophile Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. 

In a shock decision Pennsylvania's Supreme Court freed Cosby, 83, from prison on Wednesday after serving three years of a ten year sentence.

The court said a prosecutor's 2005 agreement not to charge him with drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand meant the actor and comedian should not have been charged a decade later.

Now Maxwell’s lawyers said case was similar to Cosby's because they claim she had been protected under Epstein's 2007 non-prosecution agreement.

They set out their case in a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan.

"As in Cosby, the government is trying to renege on its agreement and prosecute Ms. Maxwell over 25 years later for the exact same offenses for which she was granted immunity.

"This is not consistent with principles of fundamental fairness."

Prosecutors hit Maxwell with new charges relating to the sex trafficking of 14-year-old girl back in April, meaning that she now faces dying in prison of convicted on all the counts she's facing.

She has pleaded not-guilty and has strenuously denied the allegations against her.

Epstein struck his agreement with federal prosecutors in Florida in exchange for pleading guilty to state prostitution charges.

Nathan ruled in April that the agreement did not bind prosecutors in Manhattan and also rejected Maxwell's claim that it covered accused co-conspirators like herself.

It comes amid claims that Cosby's release could have a wider impact on the #MeTooo movement.

The 2005 decision not to charge Cosby cleared the way for his testimony in a civil lawsuit by Constand, which ended in a $3.36 million settlement.

Pennsylvania prosecutors later used incriminating testimony Cosby gave to build a new criminal case.

The Pennsylvania court said they could not, and set Cosby free after he had served more than two years of a possible 10-year sentence.

Earlier one of Maxwell's lawyers, David Markus, argued in an opinion piece in New York's Daily News that Cosby's release justified ending Maxwell's prosecution.

He said it was unfair for prosecutors to use Maxwell's testimony in 2016 from a civil lawsuit against her by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre to build their case,

He insisted a jury should reject the "flimsy and stale charges" that Maxwell is facing.

Cosby was the first high-profile name to face charges at the beginning of the #MeToo movement. 

Convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein is mong the other prominent figures to have allegations leveled against them. 

Weinstein’s lawyers said that he should also have his conviction overturned on a similar basis. 

Attorney Arthur Aidala told that both Cosby and Weinstein’s trials were similar, as accusers not linked to the charges brought against them were allowed to testify. 

Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in New York in February 2020. He is also facing charges in California. 

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