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Ghislaine Maxwell, left, pictured at the Park Avenue Armory gala in New York on Oct. 6, 2011. Photo: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime friend and close confidante of Jeffrey Epstein who pleaded not guilty Tuesday to helping the deceased New York and Florida-based financier operate a long-running underage sex trafficking ring, will remain in jail ahead of a planned trial next July, a Manhattan federal judge ruled.

In a more than two-hour-long hearing that featured statements by two of Epstein’s alleged victims, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New York denied the former British socialite’s request to wait out the trial from a luxury hotel in Manhattan, agreeing with prosecutors’ fears that Maxwell, who holds citizenship in three countries, represented an “extreme” risk to flee and possibly avoid extradition back to the United States.

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