Ghislaine Maxwell, a former British socialite and long-time associate of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, has requested that a U.S. appeals court dismiss her conviction for aiding Epstein in the sexual assault of teenage girls.

The request was made on Tuesday evening in a filing submitted to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.

In her filing, Maxwell claimed that she was immune from prosecution and cited a series of alleged errors that she contends tainted her trial. She argued that if her conviction and the underlying indictment were not thrown out, she deserved a new trial or a resentencing.

Maxwell, who is now 61 years old, was found guilty by a Manhattan jury in December 2021 on five counts of recruiting and grooming four girls for sexual abuse by Epstein between 1994 and 2004. She is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence.

Maxwell’s appeal is the latest twist in a case that has drawn widespread attention and scrutiny, due in no small part to her connection to Epstein, who was himself accused of sexually assaulting numerous young women and girls over many years. Epstein’s death in a New York City jail in 2019, while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges, only added to the intrigue surrounding the case.

The allegations against Maxwell include claims that she helped Epstein to lure underage girls into his orbit, where they were sexually assaulted and abused.

She was also accused of taking part in some of the abuse herself, which she has vehemently denied.

Maxwell’s legal team has argued that the charges against her are the result of overzealous prosecutors who were seeking to capitalize on the public outrage surrounding Epstein’s crimes.

They have also claimed that the trial was marred by a number of errors, including the exclusion of evidence that could have exonerated Maxwell.

The filing is just the latest development in a long and complex legal battle that is likely to continue for some time to come. It remains to be seen how the appeals court will respond to Maxwell’s request, and what implications the outcome of the case will have for the broader movement to hold Epstein and his associates accountable for their alleged crimes.