Ghislaine Maxwell has been in the headlines once again today thanks to her case being officially transferred to a South African court. As revealed yesterday by a member of the security services, the authorities apparently abandoned an attempt to extradite the former deputy director-general of MI6, along with a publicist, a family friend and four other women, all of whom are alleged to have been trafficked for sexual exploitation between 2011 and 2012. According to details from a leaked email provided to the home affairs department, one of the women was found partially naked under a bed with her “hands all over his face”, and another had been tied down and made to “try to do some moves on [him].” One other allegation involves evidence being offered to a judge that Maxwell allegedly made a sexual advance toward her. It’s somewhat misleading to describe this as a “sex-trafficking trial” and a “sexual exploitation case”; the charges against Maxwell and her accomplices are all-encompassing and include abuse of power, manipulation, fraud, sexual violence and fraud. Due to the nature of the cases, a rape or sexual assault is considered to be an element of the case. We’ll be following this story from London and you can expect more updates here.
• You can read more about these alleged trials here.
Ghislaine Maxwell in court on the first day of her trial. Photograph: @mrStephenChris from @superhotelphotos
• Closer to home in London, the first day of the trial of Hellfire Club founder and Jodie Marsh’s first ex-husband, Harry Bunn, began in Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Closer to home in London, the first day of the trial of Hellfire Club founder and Jodie Marsh’s first ex-husband, Harry Bunn, began in Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Both Bunn and Marsh are accused of providing a “non-material inducement” to one another in 2004, as well as each other’s witness tampering in 2013 and 2014. If convicted, they each face up to six months in prison. As far as legal proceedings go, we’ll be following this story from London as well.