Ghislaine Maxwell, accused of helping Jeffrey Epstein procure underage girls for sex, has hired a lawyer who prosecuted Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to fight the charges against her, the New York Post reports.
Maxwell, 58, is being represented by Christian Everdell, according to court records. Everdell, worked nearly a decade as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York as a member of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit and the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit according to his bio.
He and his team were given a "True American Hero Award" by the Federal Drug Agent Foundation for "their work in the investigation and apprehension of the former head of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico ('Chapo' Guzman)," the bio reads.
Former colleagues told the Post they believe Everdell will use his background to try to get Maxwell to turn on others in Epstein's inner circle in order to strike a deal with prosecutors.
"He will, of course, do what is in the best interests of his client, but no doubt he will be talking to her about the benefits of becoming a cooperating witness," tweeted Jennifer Rodgers, Everdell's former supervisor.
Maxwell faces a six-count federal indictment for allegedly recruiting underage girls for Epstein as part of a sex trafficking ring for the well-to-do. Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell in August awaiting trial.
Maxwell is now on suicide watch herself as she awaits her first court hearing Friday.
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