Ghislaine Maxwell, who was arrested on July 2 for her role in recruiting and grooming young women for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to sex trafficking and abuse charges.
When asked how she wished to plead to the charges brought against her by Manhattan federal Judge Alison Nathan via video hearing, Maxwell maintained her innocence.
"Not guilty, your honor," Maxwell said.
Nathan also denied bail to Maxwell, saying "the risks are simply too great." The federal judge ordered Maxwell to be jailed pending her trial.
Although defense attorneys claimed Maxwell was hiding from the "intrusive" media rather than the authorities when she disappeared after Epstein's arrest last summer, New York prosecutors called Maxwell an "extreme flight risk" whose "significant and unexplained wealth" gives her motive and ability to flee the country.
Maxwell is facing six charges that could result in up to 35 years in jail. Her trial date is set for July 12, 2021, and is set to last three weeks, including jury selection.