Accused child sex smuggler Ghislaine Maxwell is ready to take a stand on her much-anticipated upcoming trial to “save her own life,” according to reports.
Maxwell, 59, faces up to life in prison if convicted of providing underage girls as young as 14 for his longtime friend, Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted pedophile, between 1994 and 2004.
Sources close to the disgraced British socialite told The Daily Mail that she will take a stand to defend herself if necessary after the prosecution rests its case. Defendants in sexual assault cases typically do not testify, but instead choose to let the prosecution prove its case.
“She has never done without the truth and she is looking forward to her day in court,” a source told The Daily Mail.
“Ghislaine is not overly confident in any way, but she knows she’s telling the truth,” the source told the newspaper.
“She’s not afraid to get in the witness box.”
Federal prosecutors have not offered Maxwell a prosecutor. Her trial begins with initial arguments on Monday after more than a year of preparation by the prosecution and defense.
She told the Daily Mail on Saturday: “I am innocent.”
Maxwell has been in a federal barricade in Brooklyn since she was arrested in 2020 by federal authorities at the New Hampshire mansion, which she shared with her tech mogul husband, Scott Borgersen, whom she secretly married in 2016.
Maxwell’s family claims she is innocent and was unaware of the crimes Epstein committed, despite allegations that she scouted out and cared for young girls to be abused by the billionaire.
Her brother, Ian, thinks she will be acquitted.
“[Epstein] was clearly a master manipulator who has ruined many lives and continues to do so long after his death, ”Ian told The Post. “This makes his crimes particularly reprehensible.”
Epstein died of an apparent suicide in a Manhattan jail while awaiting his trial on charges of sex trafficking in 2019.
“The idea that [Ghislaine] would be well-groomed to perform these disgusting acts, I just can not imagine it, ”said Ian.