British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to to federal sex trafficking charges in the US case accusing her of helping the late financier Jeffrey Epstein recruit and sexually abuse girls.
Maxwell, 59, entered her plea in person before US District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan to the charges, which were included in an eight-count indictment unveiled on March 29.
Prosecutors have accused Maxwell of grooming and paying a girl who, starting at age 14, gave Epstein nude massages and engaged in sex acts with him from 2001 to 2004, and that the girl recruited others to offer erotic massages.
They previously had charged Maxwell with helping Epstein recruit and groom three other girls for him to sexually abuse from 1994 to 1997.
Maxwell had pleaded not guilty to the earlier charges, which included two perjury counts.
Her trial is scheduled to begin on July 12.
The perjury counts would be handled separately in a second trial.
Maxwell wore a loose-fitting, blue short-sleeve shirt and white face mask at her hearing, with her hair reaching below her shoulders.
The hearing marked the first time she has publicly appeared in person since her arrest last July at her home in New Hampshire, where prosecutors said she had been hiding out.
Maxwell had appeared by video in her prior arraignment.
Maxwell has been jailed in Brooklyn since her arrest.
If convicted on all charges, she faces up to 80 years in prison.
Epstein, 66, was found dead in a Manhattan jail in August 2019, one month after being arrested on sex trafficking charges.