Transcript for Ghislaine Maxwell set to appear in NY court
covers it. We're going to get the late effort on Ghislaine Maxwell. Now being held at the metropolitan detention center in Brooklyn before her first court appearance. This morning pressure is growing on prince Andrew to cooperate with prosecutors. James Longman is at Buckingham palace with the story. Good morning, James. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, George. Prince Andrew was forced to quit public life after his disastrous interview with the bbc over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Now, that she has been arrested, the spotlight is back on the prince. Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged co-conspirator and ex-girlfriend of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein is back in new York this morning. Transferred here to a federal press anyone Brooklyn set to face a judge in the coming days for her alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein's sex crime allegations. The 58-year-old British socialite is accused of facilitating Epstein's sex crimes by helping to recruit, groom and ultimately abuse three unnamed teenage victims between 1994 and 1997. Now, all eyes are on Epstein and Maxwell's longtime friend and associate prince Andrew. All of this goes back to your friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. How did you first become friends? How did you meet? Well, I met through his girlfriend back in 1999, who and I had known her since she was at university in the uk. Reporter: Andrew now reportedly canceling his upcoming annual golf trip to Spain following Maxwell's arrest. Andrew, queen Elizabeth's second eldest son stepped back from his royal duties in November after questions about his friendship with Epstein resurfaced. In a defamation suit against Maxwell Virginia Roberts Giuffre said she was ordered to have sex with Andrew on three occasion, allegations both Maxwell and Andrew deny. His girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, your old friend, was, victims say, complicit in his behavior. Well, that bit I can't help you with because I have no idea. The queen has had to deal with many royal scandals as the tabloids call them, but this actually eclipses all of them. Reporter: Now this newly surfaced photo from 2002 shows Maxwell sitting on the throne at Buckingham palace with actor Kevin spacey. The tour of the palace reportedly set up by prince Andrew himself. It's deeply disrespectful. The fact that prince Andrew even though this may have taken place in a moment of high jinks has done disrespect to his mother and father. Reporter: Now, Maxwell will appear in court on July 14th for her bail hearing. She'll appear via video link. Investigators say she represents a flight risk because of all the money found in her bank accounts and her three passports. Let's go back to you, George. Can they force him to talk. Look, they can try to force him to testify. They could subpoena him, for example, as a witness but that would only be enforceable in the United States and then let's even assume he travels to the United States. They haul him into a courtroom and then he says, I invoke my right against self-incrimination so there's really almost no way to force him to cooperate as a witness. How strong is this case for the prosecution against Maxwell? Well, look, you've got both factual and legal challenges here. The factual challenges are the fact that it's 25 years old. You're talking about instances in the mid '90s and so any case that's brought that involves allegations of actions 25 years ago have problems like times and dates can get blurred. Those can be tricky, tricky issues in a case like this and have the legal side which is expected to make arguments, for example, about a statute of limitation and it's very complicated because the law was changed. I think prosecutors are probably on pretty strong ground there. But you'll also see an argument made by her is that Jeffrey Epstein entered into a deal with a different federal prosecutor's office that she wouldn't be prosecuted. So expect to see first the legal challenges and then if it continues forward, the factual issues as well. There's also this chatter about what else she knows, who else she could implicate in all this. How much leverage does she have with prosecutors? Well, that is what we don't know. Everyone is sort of saying, look, she'll cut a deal. We don't know that she'll cut a deal. Both sides have to enter into that deal. Prosecutors have to believe she's got information that they really need and they want and typically that would mean on a more severe or significant crime than the one that she's accused of and, second, you've got to get her to want to cooperate to feel that it is worthwhile for her so I think we're still a long ways away from being able to say that there's going to be a deal cut in this case. She's facing perjury charges. Is that an easier prosecution? It may be. The perjury allegations relate to statements she made in 2016. Now, it does relate to some of the same actions, meaning lying about whether she was involved in certain activities that are consistent with the other allegations in the indictment, but at least there you're talking about words that she uttered in the last few years. The fact that much of this case is going to be based on actions, events, times and dates that happened 25 years ago make the other four charges, six total, four related to the past two related to prrjs make this far from a slam dunk case. Dan Abrams, thanks very much.
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