British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell appeared in a New York court on Monday (November 29th) for the first day of her trial on sex trafficking charges, as reported by the BBC.
Maxwell is being accused of “preying on and grooming young girls for late Jeffrey Epstein to abuse“. The socialite has denied charges.
The socialite’s defence lawyer is Bobbi Sternheim, who has worked on several high-profile cases. We’re breaking down everything that you need to know.
Ghislaine Maxwell appears in court
As per the BBC, Ghislaine Maxwell arrived at a New York court on Monday for the first day of her trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell’s defence claims that she is being used as a “scapegoat” for Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes, following his death back in 2019. However, prosecutors allege that Maxwell “recruited and groomed underage girls” for Epstein to abuse.
The British socialite was arrested last year and has remained in a US jail. Reports say that Maxwell could face up to 80 years in jail, should she be convicted.
Who is Bobbi Sternheim?
Bobbi Sternheim is serving as Ghislaine Maxwell’s defence lawyer in the Maxwell case.
According to Sternheim’s biography, Bobbi’s “case portfolio is extensive, covering a wide range of criminal and civil matters.”
Maxwell’s defence lawyer has worked on several high-profile cases, including a gender discrimination suit against the Mission of Saudi Arabia, a financial interpleader action against Imelda Marcos, and a medical malpractice suit against the United States Bureau of Prisons.
Bobbi’s biography further states that she has been named a “New York Super Lawyer and is “AV” peer-review rated by Martindale-Hubbell.”
Likewise, the defence lawyer is also the first and only woman recipient of the New York Criminal Bar Association’s Award for Excellence in the Profession.
How did Maxwell’s defence lawyer approach court?
Speaking as defence for Ghislaine Maxwell, Bobbi Sternheim told the court: “Ever since Eve was accused of tempting Adam with the apple, women have been blamed for the bad behaviour of men, and women are often vilified and punished more than men are.”
Sternheim further went on to say: “He’s [Epstein] the proverbial elephant in the room. He is not visible, but he is consuming this entire courtroom and overflow courtrooms where other members of the public are viewing.”
The lawyer then branded Ghislaine Maxwell as “a brand name [and] a lightning rod’ for claims in the wake of Epstein’s death.“
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