Ghislaine Maxwell Demands Arraignment in Person After QAnon Livestreams Hearings

Ghislaine Maxwell has demanded to be arraigned on new Jeffrey Epstein charges in person after the "debacle" of a livestream to QAnon supporters at a previous video hearing, filings have revealed.

The British socialite faces new allegations from a fourth victim in her trafficking case, including claims she undressed in front of a 14-year-old to groom her.

She will this month be asked to enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty to the new indictment but has asked to be brought to a physical courthouse rather than do so over video link.

Court filings reveal the move was motivated by an incident in which a January hearing was livestreamed to supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Maxwell, a friend of Prince Andrew's, also asked for the date to be moved to April 23 to allow her family members to attend.

Ghislaine Maxwell at Child Cruelty Lunch
Ghislaine Maxwell attends The New York Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Children's 2013 Spring Luncheon at The Pierre Hotel on April 18, 2013 in New York City. She awaits trial on trafficking charges related to Jeffrey Epstein. Monica Schipper/Getty Images

A court filing from Maxwell's lawyer, seen by Newsweek, reads: "As counsel has notified the government, Ms. Maxwell is requesting an in-person arraignment.

"She will not waive that right, most especially in light of media coverage and the debacle that occurred during a remote proceeding in a related civil case before Judge Preska."

The January livestream attracted 14,000 listeners and The Guardian reported QAnon supporters were posting messages in an accompanying live chat.

During the hearing, a deputy clerk of Manhattan Federal Court told Judge Loretta Preska: "Judge, I need to interrupt. I was just informed that apparently somebody is broadcasting this on to YouTube, so I don't know if you want to give a reminder that that is illegal to do."

Quoted in The Guardian, the judge said: "Whoever is doing it, you are operating against the law.

"I suspect there is a way to find out. So I will ask you, most respectfully, to stop doing it."

The livestream subsequently stopped.

Maxwell's request to be arraigned in person came as her lawyer accused the prosecution of an abuse of power in bringing the new indictment.

The filing reads: "That the government has made this move late in the game – with trial set for July 12th – is obvious tactical gamesmanship.

"Adding charges that were never launched against Jeffrey Epstein based on evidence that was in the government's possession for years is shocking, unfair, and an abuse of power.

"More than doubling the time period of the originally charged conspiracy from 1994 to 2004 (previously 1997) and alleging two distinctly different substantive counts requires: additional investigation; requests for additional discovery; the need to supplement pretrial motions that have fully briefed and are pending before the Court; and the drafting and filing of additional motions pertinent to the new indictment."

A separate letter to the court in relation to the date of the arraignment hearing reads: "Counsel appreciates that an in-person arraignment requires some logistical arrangements which may be accommodated by the requested date.

"Further, the extra time will permit Ms. Maxwell's family members to adjust their schedules and make travel arrangements to attend the court proceedings."