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Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Moves to Defense Arguments After 2 Weeks of Harrowing Survivor Testimony

HeadlineDec 16, 2021

The sex-trafficking trial of Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell continues in New York. Over the past two weeks, the court has heard damning testimony about how Maxwell for years recruited, groomed and herself sexually abused young girls. Four survivors testified, with one woman describing in detail how Maxwell and Epstein first spotted her at summer camp when she was just 14, and lured her in with the promise of a mentorship. Maxwell acted like an older sister, the woman identified just as “Jane” told jurors. She also said Maxwell at times participated in the sexual assaults. Prosecutors also called former staffers of Epstein and Maxwell to the stand, including a housekeeper and driver who testified Epstein sometimes received three “massages” per day. He also testified that he picked “Jane” up from school and her home and drove her to Epstein’s Palm Beach estate. The defense begins its case today.

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