Ghislaine Maxwell's attorneys may call as many as 35 witnesses, as trial heads into week three

The prosecution in the trial of the infamous British socialite rested their case last week

Updated: December 13, 2021 - 10:07am

The sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime consort of the late Jeffrey Epstein, is heading into its third week following the prosecution resting its case last week after hearing from at least four alleged victims.

The trial is set to resume Thursday, at which point Maxwell's attorneys will present the judge and jury with a long list of witnesses – reportedly as many as 35.

The 59-year-old Maxwell, a former British socialite, faces charges of sex-trafficking.

She allegedly recruited and groomed underage women to perform sexual acts on Epstein in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty on all counts. If convicted, she could face the reset of her life in prison.

Epstein died in a Manhattan jail cell in summer 2019 awaiting related charges.

In the first two weeks of the trial, prosecutors presented over 20 witnesses who described a lavish but lurid world created by Epstein and Maxwell in which they allegedly gave money and offered mentoring for girls as young as 14 in exchange for performing sex acts. Among those witnesses were four women who told the jury Maxwell asked them to perform specific sexual acts on Epstein.

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