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Ghislaine Maxwell discovered responsible of sexual abuse within the trial

Epstein hanged himself in a Manhattan detention center while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges in 2019.

The verdict crowned a month-long trial of filthy reports of sexual exploitation of girls aged 14, narrated by four women who had been described as teenagers in Epstein’s palatial homes in Florida, New York in the 1990s and early 2000s and New Mexico being molested.

The jury deliberated five full days before finding Maxwell guilty on five of six counts. When the verdict was read, Maxwell remained largely stoic behind a black mask. She stood with her hands clasped as the jury went out and glanced at her siblings – who were faithfully present every day of the trial – as she herself was led out of the courtroom. She didn’t hug her lawyers on the way out, a marked change from the earlier days when Maxwell and her team were often physically loving.

She faces the likelihood of years in prison – an outcome long sought by women who fought for years in civil courts to hold Maxwell accountable for her role in recruiting and caring for Epstein’s juvenile victims, and sometimes for sexual abuse to pull.

The defense had insisted that Maxwell was the victim of a vengeful charge designed to bring justice to women robbed of their main villain when Epstein killed himself in 2019 while awaiting trial.

During the trial, prosecutors called 24 witnesses to give the jury a picture of life in Epstein’s homes – an issue of public fascination and speculation since his arrest in Florida in 2006 in a child sex case.

A housekeeper testified that he was expected to be “blind, deaf, and dumb” in the personal life of Epstein, a financier who made friends with influential politicians and business tycoons, and Maxwell, who is the favorite child of. one media mogul had led a jet setting lifestyle.

Pilots took the stand and dropped the names of luminaries – Britain’s Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump – who had flown in Epstein’s private jets.

The jury saw physical evidence such as a folding massage table once used by Epstein and a “black book” listing the contact information of some of the victims under the heading “Massages.”

There were bank records showing that he had transferred $ 30.7 million to Maxwell, his longtime companion – a former girlfriend, future employee.

But the crux of the charge was the testimony of four women who said they were bullied by Maxwell and Epstein when they were young.

Three said they used first names or pseudonyms to protect their privacy: Jane, a television actress; Kate, a former model from Great Britain; and Carolyn, now a mother recovering from drug addiction. The fourth was Annie Farmer, a psychologist who chose to use her real name after having voiced her allegations out loud over the past few years.

They repeated themselves in her descriptions of Maxwell’s behavior: she used charms and gifts to gain their trust, interested in their teenage challenges, and assured them that Epstein could use his wealth and connections to make their dreams come true.

They said the script would darken if Maxwell persuaded her to give Epstein massages that turned sexual, encounters she acted out as usual: After a sexual massage, Kate, then 17, said Maxwell asked her if she was having fun and told her, “You are such a good girl.”

Carolyn testified that she was one of several disadvantaged teenagers who lived near Epstein’s Florida home in the early 2000s who accepted an offer to give massages in exchange for $ 100 bills that prosecutors call “a pyramid of abuse.” “designated.

Maxwell had made all the arrangements, Carolyn told the jury, even though she knew the girl was only 14 at the time.

Jane said in 1994 that when she was only 14 years old she was ordered to follow Epstein to a pool house on his Palm Beach estate where he masturbated on her.

Two charges, including the sole charge on which Maxwell was acquitted, were against Jane only.

“I was frozen in fear,” she told the jury, adding that it was the first time she had seen a penis. She also directly accused Maxwell of being involved in her abuse.

Maxwell’s attorney asked Jane why it took so long to get in touch.

“I was scared,” she said, suppressing tears. “I was embarrassed, ashamed. I didn’t want anyone to find out about me. “

The last to testify, Farmer described how Maxwell touched her breasts while giving her a massage at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch, and how Epstein unexpectedly crawled into bed and hugged her.

Maxwell, 60, vehemently denied the charges through her attorneys.

Still, she refused to take the risk of testifying, telling the judge, “The government has not proven her case beyond doubt, so there is no reason for me to testify.”

“The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell relate to things that Jeffrey Epstein did,” said one of Maxwell’s attorneys, Bobbi Sternheim, to the jury. “But she’s not Jeffrey Epstein and she’s not like Jeffrey Epstein.”

Maxwell’s legal team questioned whether the prosecutor’s memories were flawed or influenced by attorneys demanding large payouts from Maxwell and Epstein’s estate in a civil court.

During their two-day presentation, they called Elizabeth Loftus as a witness, a professor at the University of California at Irvine who has testified as a defense attorney’s memory expert in about 300 trials, including the rape trial of film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

She said the memory could be tainted by suggestions from an interviewer, particularly law enforcement or the media.

Maxwell’s family complained that she was suffering from harsh conditions in Brooklyn Prison, where she has been held since her arrest in July 2020. She had repeatedly and unsuccessfully requested bail, arguing that she was unable to contribute adequately to her defense.

Before Maxwell was taken out of the courtroom, defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim asked to make arrangements to give her a booster vaccination against the coronavirus and said infection rates had increased dramatically upon incarceration.

The litigation between Epstein and Maxwell is not over yet.

Maxwell is still awaiting trial for double perjury.

Lawsuits over the abuse allegations also continue, including one in which an off-trial woman Virginia Giuffre says she was forced to have sexual encounters with Prince Andrew at the age of 17. Andrew has denied her account, and this lawsuit is not expected to come to court for many months.

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