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Ghislaine Maxwell’s Fate in Hands of Home Health Aide, City Worker Jurors

  • Six men and six women were picked for the jury on Monday
  • Many knew of Jeffrey Epstein but hadn’t followed case closely
Ghislaine Maxwell in 2013.

Ghislaine Maxwell in 2013.

Photographer: Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images

Ghislaine Maxwell once inhabited an exclusive world of Upper East Side townhouses and private Caribbean islands, but her fate will be decided by a jury that includes a home health aide and four public-sector workers.

After a slight delay Monday morning, a jury of six men and six women was seated for the British socialite’s trial on charges that she trafficked underage girls for sexual abuse by her former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein. They range in age from 28 to 70 and mostly said they don’t follow the news closely. Many prospective jurors who said they had closely followed the case involving Epstein, who committed suicide in 2019 while awaiting his own trial for sex-trafficking charges, were previously excused from serving on the panel.