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Ghislaine Maxwell: From luxury-seeker to convicted sex trafficker Maxwell was convicted following a three-week trial at a federal court in Manhattan 

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/ghislaine-maxwell-from-luxury-seeker-to-convicted-sex-trafficker-41193228.htmlBy Josh Payne, PA December 29 2021 

Ghislaine Maxwell was once a “sophisticated” and “very impressive” British socialite until her affiliation with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein led to her detention for sex trafficking.

The daughter of disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell, the 60-year-old attempted to start a new life in Manhattan after his death in 1991 and met Epstein the following year.

His sons, Ian and Kevin Maxwell, who were on the board of the Maxwell Communication Corporation, were investigated after their father’s death over an alleged conspiracy to defraud the company’s pension fund. Both were cleared of fraud in 1996.

Despite attempts from Maxwell’s defence counsel to distance her from Epstein, a vast array of photographs of the pair in a variety of exotic locations surfaced during her trial – with images of her massaging the convicted sex offender’s feet suggesting a close relationship.

Her trial in a federal court in the Southern District of New York heard the pair bragged about being friends with high-profile figures, including former US president Donald Trump.

 

With the fortune he made from his financial dealings, Epstein and Maxwell lived a life of luxury jetting around the world and living at the millionaire’s many properties: including a Manhattan town house, his Palm Beach mansion, a ranch in New Mexico and his private island in the US Virgin Islands.

Maxwell’s friends also included royalty. She had known the Duke of York since her days at university and introduced Andrew to her former partner, Epstein.

In a Newsnight interview, Andrew admitted he organised a shooting weekend for the defendant at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.

In 2000, he was pictured in Thailand attending a “hooker and pimps” party with Maxwell.

But an allegation he had sex with Virginia Roberts on three separate occasions – once allegedly at Maxwell’s Belgravia home – ultimately damaged his reputation.

The defendant was featured in the background of a picture which apparently showed Andrew with his arm around the waist of Ms Roberts, also known as Virginia Giuffre.

The duke categorically denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Roberts.

Epstein was convicted in 2008 of soliciting and procuring a minor for prostitution, and Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on July 3 last year.

Her trial heard how she summoned a 14-year-old girl to an orgy, groped another teenager and laid a schoolgirl outfit out for another accuser before a sexualised massage with Epstein because she “thought it would be fun”.

Epstein killed himself in a federal detention centre in New York in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

In her opening statement to the jury, Lara Pomerantz, United States Assistant Attorney, said of Maxwell: “She preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them and served them up to be sexually abused.

“The defendant was trafficking kids for sex. That is what this trial is all about.”

Defending the socialite, her counsel, Bobbi Sternheim, told the jury: “The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things Jeffrey Epstein did.

“But she is not Jeffrey Epstein.”

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Ghislaine Maxwell: From luxury-seeker to convicted sex trafficker Maxwell was convicted following a three-week trial at a federal court in Manhattan

 

 

Maxwell denied all charges but was ultimately convicted on five of six counts by a jury just after Christmas and her 60th birthday.

 

Photos appeared to show Maxwell and Epstein had a close relationship (US Department of Justice)
Photos appeared to show Maxwell and Epstein had a close relationship
 

 

Maxwell lived a life of luxury before her detention in the US (US Department of Justice)

 

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Ghislaine Maxwell sunbathes on a yacht in a photo issued by the US Department of Justice (PA)
 
Maxwell’s trial heard she bragged of having high-profile friends such as the Duke of York (Chris Ison/PA)
Maxwell’s trial heard she bragged of having high-profile friends such as the Duke of York
 
The Duke of York denies any form of sexual contact with Virginia Roberts, also known as Virginia Giuffre (US Department of Justice)
The Duke of York denies any form of sexual contact with Virginia Roberts, also known as Virginia Giuffre
 
 
Ghislaine Maxwell: From luxury-seeker to convicted sex trafficker Maxwell was convicted following a three-week trial at a federal court in Manhattan
 

By Josh Payne, PA December 29 2021 

Ghislaine Maxwell was once a “sophisticated” and “very impressive” British socialite until her affiliation with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein led to her detention for sex trafficking.

The daughter of disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell, the 60-year-old attempted to start a new life in Manhattan after his death in 1991 and met Epstein the following year.

His sons, Ian and Kevin Maxwell, who were on the board of the Maxwell Communication Corporation, were investigated after their father’s death over an alleged conspiracy to defraud the company’s pension fund. Both were cleared of fraud in 1996.

Despite attempts from Maxwell’s defence counsel to distance her from Epstein, a vast array of photographs of the pair in a variety of exotic locations surfaced during her trial – with images of her massaging the convicted sex offender’s feet suggesting a close relationship.

Her trial in a federal court in the Southern District of New York heard the pair bragged about being friends with high-profile figures, including former US president Donald Trump.

 

With the fortune he made from his financial dealings, Epstein and Maxwell lived a life of luxury jetting around the world and living at the millionaire’s many properties: including a Manhattan town house, his Palm Beach mansion, a ranch in New Mexico and his private island in the US Virgin Islands.

Maxwell’s friends also included royalty. She had known the Duke of York since her days at university and introduced Andrew to her former partner, Epstein.

In a Newsnight interview, Andrew admitted he organised a shooting weekend for the defendant at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.

In 2000, he was pictured in Thailand attending a “hooker and pimps” party with Maxwell.

But an allegation he had sex with Virginia Roberts on three separate occasions – once allegedly at Maxwell’s Belgravia home – ultimately damaged his reputation.

The defendant was featured in the background of a picture which apparently showed Andrew with his arm around the waist of Ms Roberts, also known as Virginia Giuffre.

The duke categorically denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Roberts.

Epstein was convicted in 2008 of soliciting and procuring a minor for prostitution, and Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on July 3 last year.

Her trial heard how she summoned a 14-year-old girl to an orgy, groped another teenager and laid a schoolgirl outfit out for another accuser before a sexualised massage with Epstein because she “thought it would be fun”.

Epstein killed himself in a federal detention centre in New York in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

In her opening statement to the jury, Lara Pomerantz, United States Assistant Attorney, said of Maxwell: “She preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them and served them up to be sexually abused.

“The defendant was trafficking kids for sex. That is what this trial is all about.”

Defending the socialite, her counsel, Bobbi Sternheim, told the jury: “The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things Jeffrey Epstein did.

“But she is not Jeffrey Epstein.”

Ghilslaine Maxwell is Mossad Agent/British Newspaper Proprietor, Robert Maxwell's daughter

Prosecutors at Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial called her Jeffrey Epstein's "partner in crime" as they wrapped up two weeks of testimony in federal court in New York.

The British socialite, 59, is accused of grooming teenage girls for abuse by the late Epstein. She's pleaded not guilty to all the charges, which cover a period from 1994 to 2004.

The first fortnight of the trial heard emotional testimony from some of the alleged victims of Epstein and Ms Maxwell. But there were also claims that Ms Maxwell was being targeted because Epstein, whose 2019 death in jail was ruled to be a suicide, could no longer face trial himself.

Ms Maxwell, who has British, American and French citizenship, has been in a US jail since her arrest last year. She faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

Maxwell 'preyed on vulnerable young girls'

In her opening statement, prosecutor Lara Pomerantz called Ms Maxwell a predator who recruited and groomed underage girls for her long-term companion Epstein to abuse.

"She preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them, and served them up to be sexually abused," the prosecutor said.

But the defence said Ms Maxwell was being scapegoated because Epstein was no longer alive.

"The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things that Jeffrey Epstein did, but she is not Jeffrey Epstein," her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim argued.

Epstein's pilot flew a prince and presidents

Mr Visoski recalled flying Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. None of them are accused of criminal wrongdoing.

Asked to describe Ms Maxwell's standing in Epstein's operations, Mr Visoski described her as "the number two".

"Epstein was the big number one," he told the court.

Meanwhile, another pilot, David Rodgers, testified that at least two Epstein accusers had flown with him.

Defence accuse key accuser of acting scene

The first of four Maxwell accusers to give evidence at the trial cried as she described being sexually abused by Epstein when she was 14.

The woman, using the pseudonym Jane, said Ms Maxwell showed her how Epstein liked to be massaged, and sometimes took part in their sexual encounters.

But Ms Maxwell's defence sought to find inconsistencies in Jane's testimony. Defence lawyer Laura Menninger pointed out that Jane now worked as an actress.

"You are an actor who convincingly portrays someone else for a living," the lawyer stated. "You are able to cry on command."

Employee 'told not to look Epstein in the eye'

Epstein's former housekeeper Juan Alessi recalled how Ms Maxwell had tightly controlled every detail in the financier's Florida mansion.

Ms Maxwell was the "lady of the house", ordering staff to speak only when spoken to and to avoid eye contact with Epstein, according to Mr Alessi, who said his job included cleaning their sex toys.

He said staff were given a 58-page instruction manual, warning them to keep Epstein's and Ms Maxwell's activities or whereabouts secret.

"I was supposed to be blind, deaf and dumb," Mr Alessi told the court.

Ms Maxwell's legal team sought to undermine the credibility of Mr Alessi during cross-examination, by challenging his recollection of meeting 14-year-old Jane in 1994.

Jurors shown Epstein's massage table

The jury was shown a green massage table seized from Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach mansion during a 2005 police raid.

Prosecutors have alleged that Epstein used massages as a "ruse" before escalating his encounters with young girls.

Michael Dawson, a detective who took part in the 2005 search, recalled how officers found a variety of sexualised images at Epstein's home. Prosecutors also displayed a photo of a box labelled "Twin Torpedos", which Det Dawson said contained sex toys and was taken from an upstairs cupboard.

Never-before-seen photos link Maxwell to Epstein

Prosecutors released a collection of digital photos and files to demonstrate how close Epstein and Ms Maxwell were.

Taken from an FBI raid on Epstein's New York home in 2019, the evidence includes several pictures of the two together, sometimes embracing or being intimate with each other.

Photos of Ms Maxwell were also shown mounted in parts of Epstein's Florida home. Another photo that shows her "nude and pregnant" allegedly hangs in the house, according to one of her accusers.

The collection also included a "help wanted" flyer for massage therapists in the area.

Accuser testifies about 'hundreds' of Epstein encounters

Carolyn, another accuser to take the stand, said Ms Maxwell had set her up for massages with Epstein "hundreds of times" when she was between the ages of 14 and 18.

"Something sexual happened every single time," she told the court.

She alleged Ms Maxwell told her she had "a great body for Mr Epstein and his friends" and would pay her after each visit, giving extra when she brought other girls with her.

Her ex-boyfriend at the time corroborated the testimony, saying he had often driven Carolyn and others to Epstein's house and waited for them to come out "a little over an hour later" with money in hand.

Maxwell 'dressed accuser as schoolgirl for Epstein'

A British woman using the pseudonym Kate cried on the stand as she described sexual encounters with Epstein when she was 14.

Kate said Ms Maxwell sometimes took part and acted "like it wasn't a big deal", often calling her a "good girl" and asking if she was having fun.

On one occasion, Ms Maxwell allegedly laid out a schoolgirl outfit on her bed and said: "I thought it would be fun for you to take Jeffrey his tea in this outfit."

She said she wore the outfit and Epstein had sex with her.

Ms Maxwell also asked if she knew any "cute, young, pretty girls" who could perform sex acts on Epstein "because it was a lot for her to do".

Maxwell 'groped 16-year-old in topless massage'

Annie Farmer, the last accuser to take the stand, pointed at the defendant and alleged she had given her a topless massage at age 16.

On a visit to Epstein's New Mexico ranch, Ms Farmer testified that Ms Maxwell "pulled the sheet down and exposed my breasts and started rubbing on my chest and on my upper breasts".

"I was surprised," she said in court. "I wanted so badly to get off of the table."

Ms Farmer said she had a "sense" that Epstein - who she says groped her on three occasions - was nearby watching.

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10 December 2021

Prosecutors at Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial called her Jeffrey Epstein's "partner in crime" as they wrapped up two weeks of testimony in federal court in New York.

The British socialite, 59, is accused of grooming teenage girls for abuse by the late Epstein. She's pleaded not guilty to all the charges, which cover a period from 1994 to 2004.

The first fortnight of the trial heard emotional testimony from some of the alleged victims of Epstein and Ms Maxwell. But there were also claims that Ms Maxwell was being targeted because Epstein, whose 2019 death in jail was ruled to be a suicide, could no longer face trial himself.

Ms Maxwell, who has British, American and French citizenship, has been in a US jail since her arrest last year. She faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

 
 
 
 

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Donald Trump flew at least seven times on Jeffrey Epstein's (pictured together in Palm Beach in 1997) private Lolita Express jet, newly released flight logs have revealed

Donald Trump flew at least seven times on Jeffrey Epstein's (pictured together in Palm Beach in 1997) private Lolita Express jet, newly released flight logs have revealed

Trump flew on Epstein's (pictured, with Ghislaine Maxwell on the notorious plane) Lolita Express jet four times in 1993, once in 1994, once in 1995 and once in 1997

Trump flew on Epstein's (pictured, with Ghislaine Maxwell on the notorious plane) Lolita Express jet four times in 1993, once in 1994, once in 1995 and once in 1997

Flight logs released during Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial show Donald Trump travelled on Epstein's Lolita Express on one two-leg trip in May 1994 with ex-wife Marla Maples, his then-infant daughter Tiffany and a nanny
 

Flight logs released during Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial show Donald Trump travelled on Epstein's Lolita Express on one two-leg trip in May 1994 with ex-wife Marla Maples, his then-infant daughter Tiffany and a nanny

The former President travelled on Epstein's private jet from Palm Beach, Florida, to Teterboro Airport, New Jersey, in March 1993, according to new documents
 

The former President travelled on Epstein's private jet from Palm Beach, Florida, to Teterboro Airport, New Jersey, in March 1993, according to new documents

Trump also flew with Epstein and Maxwell, who appears to be listed here as GM, and his son Eric in August 1995, the documents reveal
 

Trump also flew with Epstein and Maxwell, who appears to be listed here as GM, and his son Eric in August 1995, the documents reveal

On January 5, 1997, as was previously reported, Trump travelled with Epstein from Palm Beach to Newark
 

On January 5, 1997, as was previously reported, Trump travelled with Epstein from Palm Beach to Newark

 

Trump flew on Jeffrey Epstein's private Lolita Express jet SIX more times than was previously known, flight logs reveal after new documents were released at Ghislaine Maxwell trial

  • Donald Trump flew 4 times in 1993, once in 1994, once in 1995 and once in 1997
  • Most flights were from Palm Beach, where he and Epstein had homes, to Newark
  • Flights revealed in new documents released in Ghislaine Maxwell sex abuse trial
  • Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, George Mitchell also among guests

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Megan Sheets,Stuti Mishra,Eleanor Sly 23rd December 2021

Court hears four women met Ghislaine Maxwell as teens, accusing her as adults

The jury in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial has asked to take a break in deliberations over the holiday weekend and resume for a fourth day on Monday, 27 December.

As the third day drew to a close on Wednesday, Judge Alison Nathan asked jurors if they would like to continue tomorrow. Their reply was: “No, thank you.”

 

The jury is now expected to resume deliberations next week, meaning Ms Maxwell will spend her 60th birthday - which falls on Christmas - behind bars.

Wednesday’s proceedings were far quieter than Tuesday, when jurors requested the transcripts of testimony from women who accused Ms Maxwell of setting them up as teenagers for sexual encounters with financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Later they asked for more details related to Carolyn, who said she was 14 in 2002 when Epstein first abused her and that Maxwell once touched her nude body while she prepared to give Epstein an erotic massage.

Maxwell to spend her 60th birthday behind bars

The jury’s move to delay deliberations until Monday means that Ms Maxwell will be spending her 60th birthday - which falls on Christmas Day - in her cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports:

Ghislaine Maxwell to spend 60th birthday on Christmas day in jail

Asked if they want to continue deliberations on Thursday, the jury replied: ‘No, thank you’

Megan Sheets - 22 December 2021 
 

Jury dismissed until Monday

The court reconvened at 4.25pm EST, with Judge Nathan confirming a delay in deliberations.

She told jurors: “Alright. You declined my invitation to deliberate tomorrow. We will resume Monday at 9am.

“Same instructions. Please stay safe over the long weekend. I need all of you here and healthy on Monday.”

Megan Sheets  -22 December 2021 

Jury asks to break for holiday weekend

Jurors sent a note to the judge just before 4pm indicating they do not want to deliberate on Thursday.

Judge Nathan indicated she will grant the request, meaning deliberations would resume on Monday, 27 December.

Megan Sheets - 22 December 2021 21:02

ICYMI: Closing arguments feature opposing portraits of Maxwell

In closing arguments, both sides painted diametrically-opposed portraits of Ms Maxwell and her relationship with Epstein.

The prosecution described her as a “sophisticated” predator and said she and Epstein “were partners in crime who exploited young girls together”.

The defence sought to distance Ms Maxwell from Epstein, saying: “These were things that Epstein did ... but Ghislaine Maxwell is not Epstein.”

The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander recaps the final words from each party on Monday:

Ghislaine Maxwell: A ‘sophisticated predator’ or Epstein scapegoat?

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Megan Sheets - 22 December 2021 
 

What did Maxwell do for a living?

As the daughter of British media tycoon Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell has always been in the limelight and from a young age, rubbed shoulders with high flying celebrities and heads of state.

Her first string of jobs in the 1980s still in her early 20s came through her father. She worked among executive directors at Oxford United football club which her father owned as well as doing work for her father’s Mirror Group newspapers.

She continued to climb the ranks in her father’s empire, working at The European and also seeking to become a fashion editor at the New York Daily News. Through her father’s connections, she was never far from A-listers and soon developed her own socialite lifestyle meeting Epstein along the way in the early 90s.

Ms Ghislaine then became the property manager for Epstein where she said she hired assistants, architects, decorators, cooks and cleaners for his properties, she said in a 2016 deposition.

Megan Sheets - 22 December 2021 
 

What is known about the deliberations so far?

To be sure, the notes submitted to the judge so far do not reveal what jurors are thinking. But they do provide a glimpse into some of the evidence they have been discussing since late Monday afternoon:

ACCUSER CAROLYN’S TALKS WITH THE FBI

Jurors on Tuesday asked Nathan for details about the testimony of Carolyn, the first name of a woman who said Epstein began abusing her when she was 14 in 2002. Carolyn testified that Maxwell once touched her nude body while Carolyn prepared to give Epstein an erotic massage.

Defence attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca sought to undermine Carolyn’s credibility, pressing her about why she did not mention Ms Maxwell in a 2007 conversation with the FBI.

Jurors asked the judge to see the record of the FBI conversation. Judge Nathan told the jury it was not in evidence, but they could review the trial transcript.

“In this entire first discussion with the FBI in 2007, it’s true that you never said the name Ghislaine Maxwell once, correct?” Mr Pagliuca asked Carolyn, according to the transcript.

“Yes, because it’s not who we were talking about,” Carolyn replied.

Carolyn’s case underlies the sex trafficking charge, the most serious count Maxwell faces with a prison sentence of up to 40 years.

WHAT RELEVANCE DOES ANNIE FARMER’S TESTIMONY HAVE?

Jurors also asked Judge Nathan whether they could consider the testimony of accuser Annie Farmer in weighing whether Ms Maxwell conspired to lure underage girls to travel for illegal sex acts or conspired to transport them for illegal sex acts, two of the six counts.

Ms Farmer, 42, testified that Ms Maxwell touched her breasts while giving her a massage during a visit to Epstein’s New Mexico ranch in 1996 when Ms Farmer was 16.

Judge Nathan informed the jury that because Ms Farmer was above the age of consent in New Mexico at that time, any encounters she described were not considered “illegal sex acts”.

That meant Farmer could not be considered a victim of being transported or lured to travel for sex by Maxwell - two of the other counts.

However, Nathan told the jury they could still consider Ms Farmer’s testimony in determining whether Ms Maxwell conspired to violate those laws.

Reuters

Megan Sheets - 22 December 2021 
 

Eyes on another jury

As deliberations continue in Ms Maxwell’s trial, another jury several states away in Minnesota is weighing charges against Kim Potter.

The former Brooklyn Center police officer is facing charges of first- and second-degree murder for the April shooting Black 20-year-old Daunte Wright.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the latest on Ms Potter’s case:

Kim Potter jury struggles to reach verdict in shooting of Daunte Wright

Jurors must reach a unanimous verdict on both charges of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter

Megan Sheets - 22 December 2021
 

Most explosive revelations from inside the courtroom

The Maxwell trial began with a sentence that attempted to distill the complex case which spans decades and jurisdictions, and pierces the normally secretive world of America’s ultra wealthy elite.

“I want to tell you about a young girl named Jane,” prosecutor Lara Pomerantz told the jury of five men and seven women.

The US federal government’s case against Ms Maxwell, 59, centred around her decades-long relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. It alleged she operated as his enabler in luring vulnerable teenage girls with promises of scholarships, attention and financial assistance for their families, and coerced them into becoming objects for his sexual gratification.

This later expanded to a “pyramid scheme of abuse”, according to prosecutors, in which young girls already in Epstein’s orbit would offer to recruit classmates and friends with the promise of easy money.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley breaks down the biggest revelations across three weeks of testimony:

Most explosive revelations from the Ghislaine Maxwell trial

Bombshell revelations of Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein’s inner world, a vociferous defence of the maligned socialite have consumed the trial so far, Bevan Hurley writes

Megan Sheets - 22 December 2021 
 

ICYMI: The jury instructions

The jury was sent out on Monday afternoon after Judge Alison Nathan read out 80 pages of instructions for considering each charge Ms Maxwell faces.

The full instructions can be viewed below, via Inner City Press:

 
Megan Sheets - 22 December 2021 
 
 
 What is known about the Ghislaine Maxwell's sexual abuse Trial 
 

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    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors deliberating in the sexual abuse trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell in New York have so far sent several notes to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan. To be sure, the notes do not reveal what jurors are thinking, but they do provide a glimpse into some of the evidence they have been discussing since late Monday afternoon:

    ACCUSER CAROLYN'S TALKS WITH THE FBI

    Jurors on Tuesday asked Nathan for details about the testimony of Carolyn, the first name of a woman who said late financier Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell's employer and ex-boyfriend, began abusing her when she was 14 in 2002. Carolyn testified that Maxwell once touched her nude body while Carolyn prepared to give Epstein an erotic massage.

    Defense attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca sought to undermine Carolyn's credibility, pressing her about why she did not mention Maxwell in a 2007 conversation with the FBI.

    Jurors asked the judge to see the record of the FBI conversation. Nathan told the jury it was not in evidence, but they could review the trial transcript.

     

    "In this entire first discussion with the FBI in 2007, it's true that you never said the name Ghislaine Maxwell once, correct?" Pagliuca asked Carolyn, according to the transcript.

    "Yes, because it's not who we were talking about," Carolyn replied.

    Carolyn's case underlies the sex trafficking charge, the most serious count Maxwell faces with a prison sentence of up to 40 years. Maxwell, 59, pleaded not guilty to six counts of sex trafficking and other crimes.

    WHAT RELEVANCE DOES ANNIE FARMER'S TESTIMONY HAVE?

    Jurors also asked Nathan whether they could consider the testimony of accuser Annie Farmer in weighing whether Maxwell conspired to lure underage girls to travel for illegal sex acts or conspired to transport them for illegal sex acts, two of the six counts.

    Farmer, 42, testified that Maxwell touched her breasts while giving her a massage during a visit to Epstein's New Mexico ranch in 1996 when Farmer was 16.

    Nathan informed the jury that because Farmer was above the age of consent in New Mexico at that time, any encounters she described were not considered "illegal sex acts."

    That meant Farmer could not be considered a victim of being transported or lured to travel for sex by Maxwell - two of the other counts.

    However, Nathan told the jury they could still consider Farmer's testimony in determining whether Maxwell conspired to violate those laws.

    (Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Grant McCool)

    BBC: Key moments of the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

     

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59527051

    Ghislaine Maxwell: Key moments in the sex trafficking trial

    Ghislaine Maxwell rubs Jeffrey Epstein's feet aboard his private plane

 
 
A photo of Ms Maxwell rubbing Epstein's feet aboard his private plane was shown to jurors

Jurors in Ghislaine Maxwell's federal sex trafficking trial are now deliberating after three weeks of testimony in the closely-watched case.

The 59-year-old defendant, the daughter of a late British media tycoon, is accused of grooming teenage girls for abuse by the late Jeffrey Epstein.

She has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, which cover a period from 1994 to 2004.

The first fortnight of the trial heard emotional testimony from four alleged victims of Epstein and Ms Maxwell.

Last week, her lawyers argued those testimonies were impacted by "[lapses in] memory, manipulation and money".

They also alleged the government needed a scapegoat for the crimes of Epstein, who killed himself in prison in 2019.

 

Here are some key moments from the last three weeks.

Maxwell as 'predator' and 'victim'

In closing statements, prosecutors painted Ms Maxwell as a "sophisticated predator" who "preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them, and served them up to be sexually abused" by Epstein, her long-time companion.

They claimed Ms Maxwell was not just complicit, but the key to "a pyramid scheme of abuse".

But the defence accused the government of "sensationalism" and its witnesses of changing their stories, arguing Ms Maxwell had "no motive" for the alleged crimes.

They argued Epstein kept secrets from Ms Maxwell and that "the charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things that Jeffrey Epstein did".

'False memory' expert on the stand

University of California psychology professor Elizabeth Loftus, the defence's star witness, told the jury that people can have "false memories" of traumatic events.

 

"[Memory] doesn't work like a recording device," she said. "We are actually constructing our memories while we retrieve memories."

Media coverage can act as "a source of post-event suggestion" and those who recall memories "frequently remember ourselves in a better light than perhaps is accurate", said Dr Loftus.

Ms Maxwell's lawyers also brought in FBI agents and former Epstein employees in an effort to point out inconsistencies in the testimony of Ms Maxwell's accusers.

'I looked up to her'

Cimberly Espinosa, who served as Epstein's executive assistant from 1996 to 2003, said she respected Ms Maxwell. "I looked up to her very much."

She said she booked only professional massages for both Epstein and Ms Maxwell, and testified that she never saw any improper sexual conduct take place. Ms Espinosa said she never visited Epstein's home.

Epstein's former girlfriend of eight years, Eva Andersson-Dubin - a former physician and Miss Sweden winner - also took the stand on Ms Maxwell's behalf.

 
Eva Andersson-Dubin

Eva Andersson-Dubin said she had dated Jeffrey Epstein from 1983 to 1991

The New York socialite and her financier husband Glenn Dubin were named in the 2016 deposition of Virginia Giuffre, the most vocal Epstein accuser.

On the stand she denied having group sex with an underage accuser, but admitted to having memory problems.

Defence accuse key accuser of acting scene

Two of the six charges against Ms Maxwell arose from the allegations of a woman using the pseudonym Jane.

The first of four accusers to give evidence at the trial, she cried as she described being sexually abused by Epstein when she was 14.

Jane said Ms Maxwell showed her how Epstein liked to be massaged, sometimes took part in their sexual encounters, and "was very casual, acting like it wasn't a big deal".

Accuser "Jane" cries during testimony
IMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS

"Jane" cried when describing how difficult she found it to tell her story

Ms Maxwell's defence sought to find inconsistencies in Jane's testimony. Defence lawyer Laura Menninger pointed out that Jane now worked as an actress.

"You are an actor who convincingly portrays someone else for a living," the lawyer stated. "You are able to cry on command."

Employee 'told not to look Epstein in the eye'

Epstein's former housekeeper Juan Alessi recalled how Ms Maxwell had tightly controlled every detail in the financier's Florida mansion.

Ms Maxwell was the "lady of the house", ordering staff to speak only when spoken to and to avoid eye contact with Epstein, according to Mr Alessi, who said his job included cleaning their sex toys.

Mr Alessi also claimed that in a 58-page instruction manual, staff were warned to keep the activities and whereabouts of Epstein and Ms Maxwell secret, and essentially "be blind, deaf and dumb".

Ms Maxwell's legal team sought to undermine the credibility of Mr Alessi during cross-examination, by challenging his recollection of meeting 14-year-old Jane in 1994.

Jurors shown Epstein's massage table

Prosecutors have alleged that Epstein used massages as a "ruse" before escalating his encounters with young girls.

The jury was shown a green massage table seized from his home in Palm Beach, Florida during a 2005 police raid.

A court image of the massage table seized at Jeffrey Epstein's home in 2005
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Prosecutors showed jurors a massage table seized at Jeffrey Epstein's home during a 2005 raid

Michael Dawson, a detective who took part in the 2005 search, recalled how officers found a variety of sexualised images at Epstein's home.

Prosecutors also displayed a photo of a box labelled "Twin Torpedoes", which Detective Dawson said contained sex toys and was taken from an upstairs cupboard.

Maxwell 'dressed accuser as schoolgirl for Epstein'

A British woman using the pseudonym Kate alleged Ms Maxwell befriended her at age 14, which then led to sexual encounters with Epstein.

She said Ms Maxwell would call her a "good girl" and ask if she was having "fun".

On one occasion, Ms Maxwell allegedly laid out a schoolgirl outfit on her bed and said: "I thought it would be fun for you to take Jeffrey his tea in this outfit." She said she wore the outfit and Epstein had sex with her.

She claimed Ms Maxwell also asked if she knew any "cute, young, pretty girls" who could perform sex acts on Epstein, who she described to Kate as a "demanding" man who needed to have sex three times a day.

Never-before-seen photos link Maxwell to Epstein

Prosecutors released a collection of digital photos and files to demonstrate how close Epstein and Ms Maxwell were.

Taken from an FBI raid on Epstein's New York home in 2019, the evidence includes several pictures of the two together, sometimes embracing or being intimate with each other.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell
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In one photo, the pair is seen relaxing at Balmoral Castle, the Queen's private Scottish residence.

Photos of Ms Maxwell were also shown mounted in parts of Epstein's Florida home. Another photo that shows her "nude and pregnant" allegedly hangs in the house, according to one of her accusers.

The collection also included a "help wanted" flyer for massage therapists in the area.

Sex trafficking accuser testifies about paid sex

Carolyn, whose name is attached to the most serious charges against Ms Maxwell, said she had been paid by the defendant "hundreds of times" for sex with Epstein, from the ages of 14 to 18.

She alleged Ms Maxwell called to set up the appointments, paid her in hundred dollar bills and told her she had "a great body for Mr Epstein and his friends".

Her ex-boyfriend at the time corroborated the testimony, saying he had often driven Carolyn and other underage friends to Epstein's house and waited for them to come out "a little over an hour later" with money in hand.

Maxwell 'groped 16-year-old in topless massage'

Annie Farmer, the last accuser to take the stand, pointed at the defendant and alleged she had given her a topless massage at age 16.

On a visit to Epstein's New Mexico ranch, Ms Farmer testified that Ms Maxwell "pulled the sheet down and exposed my breasts and started rubbing on my chest and on my upper breasts".

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine MaxwellI
MAGE SOURCE,US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Prosecutors have described Epstein and Ms Maxwell as "partners in crime"

"I was surprised," she said in court. "I wanted so badly to get off of the table."

Ms Farmer said she had a "sense" that Epstein - who she says groped her on three occasions - was nearby watching.

 

The Jury is out: 10 notable moments of the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

https://m.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/the-jury-is-out-10-notable-moments-from-the-ghislaine-maxwell-trial-41173365.html

The jury is out: 10 notable moments from the Ghislaine Maxwell trial

Photographs showed the intimacy of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell's relaitonshipPhotographs showed the intimacy of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell's relaitonship

Luc Cohen - December 22 202

 

Jurors are weighing the fate of Ghislaine Maxwell after a three-week trial featuring testimony from women who said she recruited and groomed them for abuse by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein when they were teenagers.

Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty. Her attorneys say prosecutors are using her as a scapegoat because Epstein, who killed himself while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges, cannot be charged.

Here are 10 key moments from the trial:

  1. ‘Predator’

In her opening statement, prosecutor Lara Pomerantz called Maxwell a predator who manipulated girls and groomed them for abuse by Epstein, her employer and onetime boyfriend. Maxwell saw recruiting girls for Epstein to have sex with as a means to maintain a luxurious lifestyle, Pomerantz said.

"They were exploiting kids," Pomerantz said. "They were trafficking kids for sex."

  1. Adam and Eve reference

Maxwell defence lawyer Bobbi Sternheim began her opening statement by citing the biblical story of Adam and Eve to argue that Maxwell, like many women before her, was being blamed for a man's bad behaviour. Epstein killed himself in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell.

 

"Epstein's death left a gaping hole in the pursuit of justice for many of these women," Sternheim said. "She's filling that hole, and filling that empty chair."

  1. Jane’s testimony

A woman known by the pseudonym Jane testified that Epstein first abused her in 1994, when Jane was just 14.

Maxwell sometimes took part in sexual encounters with Jane and Epstein, and acted as if it were normal, Jane testified.

"It made me feel confused because that did not feel normal to me," she said. "I'd never seen anything like this or felt anything like this."

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  1. FBI

Under cross-examination by Maxwell attorney Laura Menninger, Jane acknowledged she did not initially tell the FBI everything about Maxwell's involvement. She said later under further questioning by prosecutors that she was not comfortable sharing all the details.

 

"I was sitting in a room full of strangers and telling them the most shameful, deepest secrets that I'd been carrying around with me my whole life," she said.

  1. The massage table

Prosecutors displayed for the jury a green massage table that was seized from Epstein's Palm Beach, Florida, estate in 2005. Three of the four accusers said they gave Epstein massages that escalated into sexual activity.

Pomerantz called the word massage a "ruse designed to get young girls to touch Epstein."

  1. Photographs

Prosecutors showed the jury images depicting Maxwell's and Epstein's intimate relationship during the 1990s. The never-before-seen digital photographs showed Maxwell kissing Epstein on the cheek or rubbing his bare foot.

  1. Carolyn’s testimony

- A woman known by her first name, Carolyn, testified that Maxwell once touched Carolyn's breasts and buttocks while Carolyn was nude and told her she had a "great body for Mr. Epstein and his friends."

"Money will not ever fix what that woman has done to me," Carolyn said, sobbing on the stand.

  1. Cross-examination of Carolyn

Jeffrey Pagliuca, an attorney for Maxwell, asked Carolyn why she did not mention Maxwell in her initial discussions with law enforcement but implicated her later in a claim to a victim's compensation fund run by Epstein's estate. The questioning was part of Maxwell's efforts to paint the accusers' accounts as unreliable.

"You know that if any information you submitted is false, you can be in criminal trouble?" Pagliuca said, referring to the fund.

  1. ‘Wrong memories’

- Elizabeth Loftus, a prominent psychologist, testified for the defence that people can confidently recount events that did not happen. Her testimony was part of the defence's effort to argue that the accusers' memories had been manipulated over time.

"When you have post-event suggestion or intervention, people get very confident about their wrong answers," Loftus testified.

 
  1. Maxwell refuses to take the stand

Minutes before the defence rested its case, Maxwell stood up, and with Sternheim's arm around her lower back, told U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan that she was declining to testify in her own defence.

"Your honour, the government has not proven the case beyond a reasonable doubt, and so there is no need for me to testify," Maxwell said.

 Prosecution Rests its case in the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

After hearing from fourth accuser, prosecution rests in Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial

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(CNN)The government on Friday rested its case in the criminal sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell after prosecutors called 24 witnesses across 10 days of testimony.

Friday's witnesses included Annie Farmer, the fourth and final accuser to take the stand. She testified she was 16 years old when Maxwell massaged her naked chest at billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's New Mexico ranch in 1996.
Maxwell faces six counts, including sex trafficking of a minor, for allegations of conduct that allegedly occurred between 1994 and 2004.
The government alleges Maxwell facilitated and at times took part with Epstein in the alleged sexual abuse described by the four accusers.
Defense attorneys moved for an acquittal at the end of the court Friday, which is standard practice after the prosecution rests. Judge Alison Nathan denied the motion.
 

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell? Socialite and ex-girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein goes on trial

 

(CNN)British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has gained global notoriety as the former girlfriend and social companion of the convicted pedophile and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Now, after more than a year in federal custody, she faces trial on sex trafficking charges in New York. The 59-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all counts.
Maxwell is charged by New York federal prosecutors with conspiracy and enticing minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and the transportation of minors to engage in criminal sexual activity for allegedly grooming and recruiting underage girls from 1994 through 1997.
She is also charged with sex trafficking of a minor from 2001 to 2004, as well as one count of sex trafficking conspiracy.
Epstein died by suicide in August 2019 while awaiting trial. Maxwell's counsel maintains she was charged only because he died.
In the wake of the financier's death, public pressure mounted to hold those who might have assisted him -- perhaps including Maxwell and a coterie of young women who allegedly worked under her -- accountable not only for his actions, but also for their own roles.
In that investigation, Maxwell has been a significant target. She has denied wrongdoing, and in a deposition has called at least one of her accusers "a liar."
Maxwell's supporters argue she has been held in unusually harsh conditions since her arrest on July 2, 2020; her requests to be released on bail have repeatedly been denied. At her most recent bail hearing, Maxwell's attorney said she was subject to physical and emotional abuse by correction officers, forced to endure poor and unsanitary living conditions, sleep deprivation and insufficient nutrition, and had difficulty reviewing millions of legal documents.
pretrial hearing at the start of November heard she had not requested a plea deal. Her attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, maintained Maxwell was not guilty of a crime to warrant a plea deal.
Maxwell spoke at the hearing only to say, "I have not committed any crimes."
Ghislane Maxwell is pictured in a court sketch as she pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges in April 2021.
 
 
 
Jeffrey Epstein's former pilot testifies Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Prince Andrew flew aboard Epstein's private plane
 

 

Trump flew on Jeffrey Epstein's private Lolita Express jet SIX more times than was previously known, flight logs reveal after new documents were released at Ghislaine Maxwell trial

  • Donald Trump flew 4 times in 1993, once in 1994, once in 1995 and once in 1997
  • Most flights were from Palm Beach, where he and Epstein had homes, to Newark
  • Flights revealed in new documents released in Ghislaine Maxwell sex abuse trial
  • Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, George Mitchell also among guests

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10331943/Trump-flew-seven-times-Jeffrey-Epsteins-private-Lolita-Express-jet-flight-logs-reveal.html

Donald Trump flew at least seven times on Jeffrey Epstein's private Lolita Express jet - six more times than was previously known, new documents released at Ghislaine Maxwell's trial have revealed. 

The former president travelled on the plane four times in 1993, once in 1994 and once in 1995 with his ex-wife Marla Marples and children Tiffany and Eric, flight logs show.    

It was previously reported that Trump had flown on Epstein's plane from Palm Beach, where both had homes, to Newark, in 1997. Epstein is also said to have flown on one of Trump's private planes. 

Trump and Epstein knew each other in the 1990s when they were both New York City playboys and successful entrepreneurs.

The documents, which comprise more than 100 pages of flight logs covering the period 1991 to 2006, were released publicly on Sunday ahead of Monday's closing arguments in Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial. 

As previously reported, they show former President Bill Clinton was a frequent flyer on the Lolita express, taking at least nine flights with Epstein, and reveal Prince Andrew, lawyer Alan Dershowitz and former US Senator George Mitchell were also passengers. 

Neither Trump nor Clinton have been linked to any of Epstein’s sex-trafficking crimes. Andrew, Dershowitz and Mitchell have all strenuously denied allegations of wrongdoing. 

It comes as jury deliberations in Maxwell's trial began on Monday as they try to determine whether she is a dangerous predator who recruited teens to be sexually abused by financier Epstein - as prosecutors put it - or the 'innocent woman' the defense have described. 

Donald Trump flew at least seven times on Jeffrey Epstein's (pictured together in Palm Beach in 1997) private Lolita Express jet, newly released flight logs have revealed

 Donald Trump flew at least seven times on Jeffrey Epstein's (pictured together in Palm Beach in 1997) private Lolita Express jet, newly released flight logs have revealed

Trump flew on Epstein's (pictured, with Ghislaine Maxwell on the notorious plane) Lolita Express jet four times in 1993, once in 1994, once in 1995 and once in 1997

Trump flew on Epstein's (pictured, with Ghislaine Maxwell on the notorious plane) Lolita Express jet four times in 1993, once in 1994, once in 1995 and once in 1997

Flight logs released during Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial show Donald Trump travelled on Epstein's Lolita Express on one two-leg trip in May 1994 with ex-wife Marla Maples, his then-infant daughter Tiffany and a nanny
 

Flight logs released during Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial show Donald Trump travelled on Epstein's Lolita Express on one two-leg trip in May 1994 with ex-wife Marla Maples, his then-infant daughter Tiffany and a nanny

The former President travelled on Epstein's private jet from Palm Beach, Florida, to Teterboro Airport, New Jersey, in March 1993, according to new documents
 

The former President travelled on Epstein's private jet from Palm Beach, Florida, to Teterboro Airport, New Jersey, in March 1993, according to new documents

Trump also flew with Epstein and Maxwell, who appears to be listed here as GM, and his son Eric in August 1995, the documents reveal
 

Trump also flew with Epstein and Maxwell, who appears to be listed here as GM, and his son Eric in August 1995, the documents reveal

On January 5, 1997, as was previously reported, Trump travelled with Epstein from Palm Beach to Newark
 

On January 5, 1997, as was previously reported, Trump travelled with Epstein from Palm Beach to Newark

The documents show Epstein was regularly on the move between his homes in Manhattan, Palm Beach, New Mexico and his now-notorious 'paedophile island' in the US Virgin Islands.      

Flight logs show Trump, Epstein and Maxwell, among others, flew from Palm Beach in Florida to Teterboro in New Jersey on October 11, 1993 and October 1993. 

The former President then travelled on the Lolita Express with his ex-wife Marla Marples and his infant daughter Tiffany in 1994. 

On August 13, 1995, he travelled with his son Eric alongside Epstein and Maxwell, written in the log as 'JE' and 'GM', from Palm Beach in Florida, to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.  

And on January 5, 1997, as was previously reported, Trump travelled with Epstein from Palm Beach to Newark. 

Prince Andrew appears in the logs three times and flew with with Epstein on at least one other occasion, as has previously been reported. 

He flew with Epstein to the Virgin Islands on February 9, 1999, returning on February 12 with Maxwell and one of the prince's security officers as well as other guests. 

A source close to Andrew reportedly said in 2019 that the Duke has 'no recollection' of being on the 1999 flight. 

Andrew also flew on Epstein's Gulfstream from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to West Palm Beach on May 12, 2000. 

And although not covered by the new release of flight logs, it is understood Andrew took a flight on the Gulfstream with Maxwell from London Luton to Edinburgh on September 1, 2006 – six weeks after Epstein was arrested for sex offences. 

A further mention of the prince appears on April 16, 1998, where the log notes: 'Met Princess Sarah Ferguson + kids on the ground.' 

As previously reported, Epstein met Ferguson, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice while the royals holidayed in Nassau, the Bahamas in 1998. 

At the time, Epstein was the only person flying on the plane and he returned to Palm Beach - making a 400-mile round journey - after seeing Prince Andrew and his family.  

Epstein also transported President Clinton and actor Kevin Spacey, travelling with them from JFK Airport to the Azores, a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, on September 21, 2002, according to the log. 

And on one of Clinton's flights with Epstein, the pair were accompanied by Naomi Campbell. 

Prince Andrew first met Ghislaine Maxwell when she was at university and the pair had known each other for nearly 20 years when she is alleged to have introduced him to Epstein

After Epstein's death in jail in 2019 as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges, then-President Donald Trump fueled widespread conspiracy theories that suggested he had been murdered and said 'I wish her well' in reference to Maxwell

The Lolita express has been the subject of scrutiny throughout Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial in New York.  

Last month, the jet's pilot Larry Visoki testified under oath that he remembered Trump being among the passengers on some of his flights. 

Asked to describe his experience and list the famous passengers he had flown, Visoki said: 'I certainly remember President Trump, but not many people associated with him.'

Others who Visoki said he had flown included Bill Clinton, the actor Kevin Spacey and Prince Andrew. 

Epstein and Trump's relationship soured when the financier hit on a young girl at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's Palm Beach club, in the early 2000s, before he was convicted of soliciting child prostitution.  

They were still on good terms in 2002, when Trump gushed in an interview with New York Magazine: 'I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy.

He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.'

Trump was in office when Epstein killed himself in prison in the summer of 2019. 

Afterwards, Trump fueled widespread conspiracy theories that suggested Epstein had been murdered.

'Her boyfriend died in jail, and people are still trying to figure out how did it happen. Was it suicide, was he killed?

'And I do wish her well. I'm not looking for anything bad for her. I'm not looking bad for anybody.

'And people took that and they made it such a big deal, but all it is is her boyfriend died. He died in jail. Was he killed, was it suicide? I do. I wish her well,' he said of Maxwell, referring to Epstein as her 'boyfriend'.

Ghislaine Maxwell (right) and the American financier (left) were believed to be dating at the time and the Duke subsequently struck up a friendship with Epstein

Ghislaine Maxwell (right) is currently on trial for allegedly helping Jeffrey Epstein (left) her then-boyfriend, traffic young girls

Prosecutors in the case have released pictures of Maxwell with Epstein vacationing in Europe
 

Prosecutors in the case have released pictures of Maxwell with Epstein vacationing in Europe

The jury are set to return at 9am today to continue deliberating the case against Maxwell, 59, who, if found guilty, faces the rest of her life behind bars.  

She faces six counts including enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The prosecution has argued Maxwell played a pivotal role in Epstein's quest to sexually abuse teenage girls.

But defense awyer Laura Menninger argued that the women's recollections of abuse by Epstein and Maxwell were flawed memories manipulated decades later by lawyers seeking payouts or US government investigators seeking a scapegoat after Epstein killed himself in a federal jail in 2019 while awaiting his own sex trafficking trial.

She cited numerous inconsistencies in statements made by women over the years, saying 'their memories are highly flawed' and there are 'many reasons to hesitate and many reasons to doubt.'

'She's being tried here for being with Jeffrey Epstein. Maybe that's the biggest mistake of her life, but it's not a crime,' Menninger added.

Assistant US Attorney Maurene Comey called a defense claim that Maxwell didn't know about abuse that occurred for more than a decade a 'laughable argument.'        

'Those four witnesses gave you the most damaging testimony in this trial,' she said. 'These women put themselves through the hell of testifying at this trial even though they have nothing to gain.'

Comey added: 'They did it for justice.

The jury are set to return at 9am today to continue deliberating the case against Maxwell, 59, who, if found guilty, faces the rest of her life behind bars
 

The jury are set to return at 9am today to continue deliberating the case against Maxwell, 59, who, if found guilty, faces the rest of her life behind bars

 

Earlier, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Moe called Maxwell the 'lady of the house' when Epstein abused girls at a New York mansion, a Florida estate and a New Mexico ranch.

'Ghislaine Maxwell was dangerous,' Moe said. She cited over $30 million that Maxwell received from Epstein over the years. 

'Maxwell and Epstein committed horrifying crimes.'

The summations came at the start of the fourth week of a trial that was originally projected to last six weeks. 

With a coronavirus outbreak in New York worsening by the day and a holiday weekend ahead, Judge Alison J. Nathan urged lawyers to keep their closings tight so the jury could begin deliberating as early as Monday. 

Maxwell has been jailed since her arrest in July 2020. The judge has denied her bail repeatedly, despite her lawyer's arguments that the pledge of her $22.5 million estate and a willingness to be watched 24 hours a day by armed guards would guarantee her appearance in court.

The six charges against Ghislaine Maxwell: 

THE CHARGES

Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)  

 Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)

Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)

Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)

Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

Sex Trafficking of a Minor 

Ghislaine Maxwell also faces two charges of perjury but those counts are due to be tried after her sex crimes trial. 

The charges relate to testimony she gave in 2016 in a defamation case filed against her by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.  

THE 'FACTS' 

Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein. 

They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.

Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it's alleged.

To 'normalize' the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions. 

She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself. 

The alleged sex abuse includes 'sexualized group massages'. 

The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel 'indebted' to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.