Ghislaine Maxwell is 'too fragile' to testify at her sex-trafficking trial, according to reports

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Ghislaine Maxwell listens as defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim gives her opening statement at the start of Maxwell's trial on charges of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S., November 29, 2021.REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

Ghislaine Maxwell is "too fragile" to testify on her relationships with Jeffrey Epstein and his powerful friends as her defense begins its case in her sex-trafficking trial, according to multiple reports.

A family spokesperson told the UK's Mirror that Maxwell is not strong enough to give evidence on Epstein, the late pedophile financier. Her siblings have said that her condition worsened during her tenure in jail while awaiting her trial in federal court in Manhattan, which began on December 6.

Her brother, Kevin Maxwell, told reporters that he previously filed a complaint with the United Nations over Ghislaine Maxwell's prison conditions, The Miami Herald reported on Thursday.

"It gave me a tremendous sense of relief to be close to her, to be able to see her in the flesh, even to be able to speak to her," he told reporters.

Prosecutors have accused Maxwell of sex-trafficking girls with Epstein, sexually abusing them herself, and lying about her actions in a deposition. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her and denied all accusations of wrongdoing.

If convicted on all charges, she could face a prison sentence of up to 80 years.

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